A few weeks ago, as the snow was falling outside, I started to think about Christmas. I began planning a Christmas post in my mind about My Favorite Childhood Christmas Memories. As I started listing the things that I would write about I got the idea that it could be fun to turn this post into a blogging party by inviting a bunch of friends (fellow bloggers from around the world) to join me today and to each write about their own favorite Christmas memories. Many people jumped on board and today we are all sharing stories from when we were kids.
My Favorite Childhood Christmas Memories
Our family was small and my parents were very traditional and conservative people. Each year we knew what to expect, and as kids we always looked forward to it.
The Christmas Tree
Early in December my father would always decorate the outside of our house with Christmas lights and as a kid I remember going out to a tree lot each year with him to find the best real Christmas tree we could find.
I loved the smell of fresh pine! That smell instantly boosted my Christmas spirit. I remember one year, many months after Christmas, I found some old pine needles in the box of one of the board games that I had received that year as a present, and as soon as I opened it I could smell the pine scent.
I remember these huge round shiny ornaments that we had in a variety of Christmas colours. I would always hang them around the bottom of the tree. You could see your reflection in them. At night I would sometimes sit alone in the living room with only the Christmas lights on and just look at the tree and those shiny ornaments for hours.
Favorite Christmas Cartoon
Every year there were a number of Christmas cartoons that we would watch in the weeks leading up to Christmas day. I still watch many of them today. My favorite of all time was, and still is, the Christmas cartoon known as Burl Ives – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964).
I Love This Christmas Song
I’ve always enjoyed so many different Christmas songs too, but my favorite childhood one would definitely be the Christmas song Snoopy vs. The Red Baron (Snoopy’s Christmas). We had this on a 45 rpm record (do you know what that is?). I played it so often that the record warped.
Merry Christmas my friend!
Delicious Christmas Cookies
When I was old enough that I was allowed to bake I always made my favorite cookies for Christmas. I called them Christmas M&M Cookies. The recipe is a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe, but instead of the chocolate chips I would take a bag of green and red milk chocolate M&Ms and use a mallet to smash them into tiny pieces. Then I would add them to my cookie dough and bake Christmas M&M Cookies.
How Did Santa Get In?
My parents were originally from Europe and when they were kids they began their Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve. That is one of the many traditions that we carried on throughout our lives.
My parents would get up super early on the 24th of December and we would spend all day in the kitchen making a huge traditional dinner that would be waiting for us later in the evening after we came home from church. I can smell it now!
At around 5 o’clock, once everything was set for dinner, we would get all dressed up and leave. We would pile into the family car to head off to church. More often than not there was plenty of snow outside by this time of year and this was a great time to look at all of the outdoor lights and Christmas decorations throughout our city.
Our church was huge and beautiful and full of stained glassed windows. Singing Christmas carols in church was my favorite part. The choir inspired me to learn how to sing. This carol in particular brings back so many sweet memories:
Christmas Carol “Stille Nacht”
After church we always stopped to pick-up Grandma and Grandpa and have some cookies.
And you know what happened while we were at Church?
Santa Claus was at our house!!
How do you think he knew that he could stop at our house so early? I could never figure it out. But somehow he always made it. And another thing... we didn’t have a fireplace. We had a chimney of course that led to our furnace, but I couldn’t figure out how he managed it all.
Our presents from Santa were never wrapped. I guess he didn’t have time, since he was out so early and everything.
Favorite Christmas Present
One year I had my eye on a very special doll. She was all dressed in pink and she could twirl around and around forever. She was a Ballerina. Packed in her box was a tiny record with the Nutcracker song on it. I would play that record and watch her dance.
I will always remember that year. After coming in from church we all headed straight to the living room, and there she was standing tall in front of the Christmas tree. She had beautiful long blonde hair and a pretty crown on her head too.
I never knew until I went looking for her online last week, but she is somewhat of a collector’s item, even to this day.
I found this YouTube video that someone created and it shows my doll. It says that she is known as Dancerina.
Check it out! I know it looks a little creepy watching a man playing with a doll, but you can see how cool she was.
While receiving Dancerina for Christmas was incredible, the best part of my Christmas each year as a child was that it was an opportunity to be with so many loved ones, and just have fun.
Our childhood home was small, but it was always warm, comfortable and safe.
The kitchen was filled with food that we only made at Christmas time and I loved the fact that every year on Christmas Eve our house would fill up with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, ready to party. We shared delicious food, gave each other gifts to open, and stayed up quite late playing with our new toys and board games.
What were some of your favorite Christmas cartoons when you were a kid?
All of the Christmas Memories Blogging Party Participants
Here is a mini-carnival of all of the bloggers that participated in the Christmas party today. Turn on your speakers, leave one of my favorite Christmas music videos playing in the background, and head off to check out all of these exciting Christmas blog posts. Have fun!