Remembering Christmas

January 3, 2009

Here is what I remember about the Christmas holiday season. This year Christmas was celebrated in bits and pieces and came in fits and starts.
The holiday season was strange, unlike any other. There were the snow storms and icy roads that kept our five family households from gathering for Christmas plum pudding and foamy yellow sauce and an exchange of gifts. Then there was Mom’s trip to the hospital where she’s stayed throughout the holiday.
Layered between the snow and Mom’s afflictions, were the bits and pieces of Christmas.

Kelan and Lauren frosted cookies and sprinkled colored sugar over them. Their cookies were quite beautiful and tasted yummy too.

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Kelan and Lauren’s Mameau (that would be me) played in the snow with them and even slid down the snow packed street. I use an old phrase to describe sledding, “It was very fun.”
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Caroline and I found little silver and Lucite shoes for the girls and they clattered around the house on Christmas afternoon, with always a slip and a fall about to happen.
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The McGrady’s tree held an ornament given to Jeanne some 35 years ago when she was three. Looks just like her.
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Lovely bottle of wine that evening in Caroline’s kitchen. Exactly what night was that?xcsh-wine1

Christmas table setting. I missed the dinner which included The Silver Palate’s Chicken Marbella and went instead to see Mom in the hospital.x-cracker1

Lulu Bell and her mom played on the kitchen floor on Christmas afternoon. More fun than anything.x-caroline-and-lulu-floor3

Jeanne made blueberry pancakes for the kids the morning before Christmas. Mameau had some too. x-pancakes

John and I shopped at Pike’s Market. It was raining when we left.
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Dad listened to a tape of Mom’s 1958 Christmas concert and then we took the tape to her in the hospital where she listened as her hands moved ever so slightly, conducting a fifty year old choir.x-dad-concert

Cousins in the kitchen the evening that we all got together for tamales and pecan pie, among other things.
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Denny made black eyed peas on New Year’s Day. What will this new year bring? Mom and Dad are frail and 91 and something is always happening to them. The great grandchildren will all grow bigger and talk more and more. And we, in the middle? We will follow our paths toward fulfillment, but only if we keep our minds focused.
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2 Responses to “Remembering Christmas”

  1. Alice Says:

    My New Year’s tradition, black eyed peas! This year we had them in the form of an African dish, something like “Akara,” or more aptly “pea balls”. Whatever you think of them, I’ve set the luck forward for 2009. Glad to see others eat them too.

  2. MaryB Says:

    a life in pictures…or at least a holiday season.


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