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Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's not Christmas until....

I have been consumed with school. In my home there has really been no focus on Christmas fun, only finals. But that is now behind me and I have less than 10 days to make some memories with my children. I have been thinking about the Christmas memories I made as a child. I can only remember maybe one or two presents I received. So it's really not about the gifts.
When I was little, shortly after Thanksgiving, my dad would go over to the corner of the family room where the stereo system was kept and rummage through our collection of albums. He would finally turn, smiling, and hold up a plain white album that featured Bing Crosy in a santa hat and a holly bow tie. You know the one.

He would proclaim " It isn't Christmas until Bing sings that it's Christmas."
This is the second year that I have now had to look to the heavens and say "Hey dad, get ready to turn up the volume." Then I have rummaged around until I found a certain cd and turned to my children and said, "It's not Christmas until Bing sings that it's Christmas."

While I only have a few images of me at Christmas time as a child....

I have taken my children for a photo with Santa every year. The fashionista's last photo was taken at age 12. So I wonder if I only have 4 more of these to go:

But for all the traditions and to do lists that remain I am really just trying to enjoy each moment. Savoring the seconds to enjoy those who sleep in heavenly peace.

Be blessed.


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweet Laua...
How sweet these two sleeping angels are. I so love this picture, and yes...Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

I also love the picture of your being held by your Moma. How sweet that picture is. I so love it. Like you, I would treasure it forever.

How did the finals go? Do you have your grades yet? I am sure you did outstanding but I wanted to ask.

Have a beautiful day sweetie. Thanks so much for sharing today. As always, I love it when you do.

Country hugs and much love...Sherry

Linda said...

I love the photos you've shared and yes, my Dad has that album and we always enjoyed it. I should go over to his house next door and borrow it for old times sake. :)

Gifts were actually a really big deal during our Christmases - my three sisters and I were very spoiled at Christmas and Birthdays because that was our once-a-year opportunity to receive clothes and whatever we wanted. It's something I've continued with my daughter, though the difference is that she gets items throughout the year as well. :O I just can't help myself - I love to buy presents, lol.

I hope you and your family have a memorable, blessed time together. I'm off beginning tomorrow for two weeks and am also looking forward to this time very much.

Love & blessings,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love that last picture, Laura! It seems that this month has just moved along so quickly, but I guess that happens when you are busy. I'm hoping to have a few evenings next week where I can just sit and not have to do anything before Christmas Eve is upon us.

Jill Elaine said...

Enjoy your time with your family! I needed the reminder that they grow up way too fast!

The Boston Lady said...

I love the picture of you as a baby. Your mom looks so glamorous, like Liza Minelli to me. Enjoy the last minute dash and thanks for all your comments on my blog.

Natasha Burns said...

Awww what lovely Christmas memories. You are so right, I too can't remember many Christmas presents, but can remember Christmas time. I have to fish my Bing Crosby/Dean Martin CD out and start playing it in the car again, thanks for reminding me!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Time sure does pass fast! Make all the memories you can!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful memory to have of your dad. I'm with him, no one can touch a Christmas carol like Bing.

DarcyLee said...

What a wonderful memory to have of your dad. No one can sing White Christmas like Bing. And how sweet the picture is of you and your mom. My youngest daughter just finished the last of her very first college finals today and promptly came home and took a much-needed nap. Have a blessed next 10 days and a very Merry Christmas.

❦TattingChic said...

Oh! I absolutely ♥ ♥ ♥ Bing Crosby and his "White Christmas"!!! Thank you for sharing this! I do have fond memories of listening to my parents' Christmas album that had Bing Crosby and all the other's a classic Christmas Album with a red cover and all the artist in little oval pictures around the middle picture! Ugh...I'm rambling. I wish I could find that album on CD somewhere! It was a cherished memory to listen to that Christmas music

Merry Christmas!
~TattingChic ♥

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, this is so touching. I loved reading it, and look at your own precious ones!

For many years, I have contributed to a program at Christmas involving foster children, and this year, I picked a little girl and decided to do all the shopping myself. I think I went a little nuts, LOL, but that's a magpie's perogative. ;-)

And while I will never meet her, I hope and pray that this Christmas will be one she will remember all of her life. She's five. I have no idea about any of the circumstances that brought her into foster care, but I pray that she will be filled with the love that is Christmas. Both the wonder of Santa and the love of the Savior. And I hope and pray that she will grow up to be even one tenth of the lovely person you are.


Sheila :-)

LuLu Kellogg said...

Hi Laura!

I am trying to catch up on my Blog visits this morning as I have been busy as you have been too!

I hope that you and your family's holiday will be filled with much Love and Many Blessings for the year to come.


Tammy@InStitches said...

What a sweet memory and it's so nice that you are sharing it with your children. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas !

alice wayne said...

Ian's not really sleeping. I can see his smile.

ughhhhh I miss Rudi!!!!!

Debbie said...

What wonderful memories of Bing Crosby singing White Christmas. It reminds me of my childhood too. I even saw the movie on the classic channel this season.

Blessings and happy new year,