Does this remind you of Christmas? It sure does me.. I remember decorating my first REAL tree, for a few years we had that Silver Tree with the lamp that sat on the floor next to it that reflected a disc that rotated different colors, red, green, yellow and blue.. it was nice.. the same ol' tree every year.. but then we moved on up and bought a REAL one. The excitement as a little girl having a real Christmas tree in the house the smell and the color is what got me. Watching my dad put it into the stand and centering it just right so the bald spots don't show and it didn't lean to the side. He placed what looked like a white fluffly skirt around the bottom and said.. "looks like snow". Then came the colorful lights.. this was something i never saw before... "dad you are putting these on the tree?" There he went roundn'round spiraling the strands, i watched in amazement as he adjusted the light bulbs. My mom had all the little decorations of all different colors, shapes and sizes, with hooks, she handed to me and told me just where to put them. We strand some popcorn, and tied bows to the small branches. We had silver garlets we wrapped around. She brought out a special golden ornament with my picture, name and the first year that said "Merry Christmas 1979" it was put on the tree by me. (proud moment for me i placed it right next to where i balled up all the ornaments in one spot on the tree, i think my mom moved them around later). After it was all done.. the treetop came, a lighted angel it seemed very bright to me, my dad lifted me high in the air and i placed it up on top, i didn't want to come back down! Now it was time.. plug in the lights, ooooo my eyes as big as they can get.. never in my little life did i see something so beautiful, living and it was decorated by me..
Now later we got the tinsel, one by one we put them on the tree, that was something my mom said always went last,(i have no idea why) she showed us how to put each silver strand onto the tree along the branches, to not gather it or throw it onto the tree.. then the stockings.. well my older brothers took their gym socks and wrote their name, my sister had a nice long sock, well i a had was a little frilly lacey sock.. i thought a moment, went into my drawer and cut the leg off one of my leotard..now i had a nice long stocking for alot of stuffing.. (i think my mom got upset lmao)
Tinsel, stockings and oh yes the pine needles. These are my memories in prepartion of santas arrival, pine needles i remember because they were always stuck on my socks sometimes would poke my toes and hurt.. and on my clothes, so i asked Santa "can we have a real tree without pine needles umcuz they poke'n me, and mom keeps having to vacuum it up and it scares the cat" i pulled out a few pine needles out of my jacket pocket and showed him.. he said "wouldn't you like a special toy instead?" i said "no no i really want a no needle tree" he said "i'll get my elves right on that" guess i stumped him.. lol
What little things to you remember about your Christmas Childhood?
Tinsel, Stockings and Pine Needles..
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