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Christmas Memories

by Elaine Marie Carnegie-Padgett


FROM MY HOUSE TO YOURS WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS


I love Christmas!

I love the cold and the lights, even the bustle. I love the pure magic of moments with family and friends and even strangers who come together this time of year. Memories. For this week’s blog I am sharing with you some of that spirit of Christmases Past. A poem I wrote for my brothers and sisters and some memories!


I just turned three in this photo and brother Alvis was not big enough to enjoy the tree with me. All they had were those “hot” lights, so this is how I got to decorate! In my daddy’s arms.


UNDERNEATH MY CHRISTMAS TREE


Underneath my Christmas tree, often I will see,

Another day, another time—another Christmas tree.

Cut with loving little hands, or store bought from the town.

Blinking lights, familiar sites that we’d all sit around.

Decorating then, as now with garland, bulbs and lights.

I watch the same light sparkling in my own children’s eyes.

I can’t help but remember when the kids are all tucked in…

Another group of children in my bed all snuggled in.

Reading from the bible, stories in the night.

Little voices raised in prayer—Upon a Christmas night.

With nail and hammer, we would hang, our stockings on the wall.

Mama’s light bar in our eyes, squinting, one, and all!

Year after year, the magic of the Christmas morning spree.

Mama and Daddy smiling at us underneath that tree.

I may have never told you, how much I loved you then…

Because you were my babies, I never saw an end.

The last night we all fell asleep together in one bed.

Whispering our secrets, dreams dancing in our heads.

Make for precious memories, as do those bygone times.

In a moment that we shared, forever yours and mine.

I love you,

Lainy


Brother Alvis, Me holding Dena and Mike. Kurt had not yet appeared on the scene. This was Christmas of 1964.

Christmas of 1974, the last Christmas I lived at home. The picture was damaged in a flood but I just can’t bring myself to change it. I am so lucky to have shared this time of my life with them.


When we were young my parents made Christmas a magic time. I was the oldest of five and we had socks for stockings every year. We would tack them up before bed and leave something for Santa and then we would all pile in one bed and tell stories and listen for Santa. We would fall asleep talking to each other most of the time. It was the most glorious of childhood memories. It was where I began a lifelong love of storytelling as we devised ways of making magic for the little ones as they began to get older.


A tradition I carried on with my own children. They are all grown now with Christmas magic of their own and so, from our house to yours, here is wishing you the most lovely and happy Magical Christmas of all!


We Multiplied!

My family Christmas this year which my family was unable to attend so we add

So much love...


Merry Christmas to all and wishes for a kicking year in 2023!!

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Baidha Fercoq
Baidha Fercoq
28 Ara 2022

There's something sacred about yesteryear's holiday stories, memories shared with family. Thank you Elaine, for sharing such beautiful moments and how you and your family keep those practices alive and well.

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kljesmer79
kljesmer79
26 Ara 2022

I love this post, my dear friend! Beautiful memories that bring up my own. There were 5 kids in our family, too, but I was second to last. It was my older sister, R.I.P., who told us stories and sang to us. But it inspired my writing & storytelling, too, that I shared first with my nieces and nephews who filled up my heart to the brim and then with my own child who also has that writing bug. Thank you for sharing.

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Elaine Marie Carnegie
Elaine Marie Carnegie
26 Ara 2022
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Thanks Kerri. It was a wonderful childhood and Christmas was always the best!

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markscheel
markscheel
26 Ara 2022

Beautiful memories and well captured in that poem. I was an only child, but I have memories of Christmas with my parents and with aunts and uncles and cousins. Thanks for sharing. And merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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Elaine Marie Carnegie
Elaine Marie Carnegie
26 Ara 2022
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Thanks Mark. Its the wonderful memories that are special❤️

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Tim Law
Tim Law
26 Ara 2022

What wonderful memories 💚❤️ Wishing you a wonderful Christmas too… Plenty of opportunities for more memories!! My niece has recently published a Christmas poem, we are so proud of her 🥰🥳 Trying hard these days to make this time special for my family…

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Elaine Marie Carnegie
Elaine Marie Carnegie
26 Ara 2022
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Myself also. I have always been very close to my family but necessarily COVID put a little space there and I am just working on fixing that! Happy Holidays Tim.

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Jim Bates
Jim Bates
26 Ara 2022

Merry Christmas, Elaine! Thank you for sharing this wonderfully inspiring post. It was a delight to read. Made me feel all warm inside. I hope is 2023 a great year for you and your loved ones! :)

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Elaine Marie Carnegie
Elaine Marie Carnegie
26 Ara 2022
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Thank you Tim. I am looking forward to a bright new year, better than ever! Happy Holidays!!

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