Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Memories

To me, growing up, Christmas always meant one thing. Spending time with Grandma-Great! Every single year she hosted a huge Christmas party at her house. The cousins would gather, and we'd have at least four generations milling around the house. The house would be full of delicious smells, everyone having brought their favorite food, and us kids would be dying to be allowed to take our first bites! For some reason the food I remember the best is eating turkey, olives, mashed potatoes, and apple pie. I guess those were my Christmas foods :)

Grandma-great was always the center of the party. For that one day she pulled everyone together, and even those of the family who may not always be fun to be around, would be on their best behavior just for her. She always inspired people to be the best that they could be, because she believed in you so much you started to believe in yourself.

I was in High School when my Grandma died - it's been around 9 years now - but Christmas has never been the same for me. When you think of that perfect Christmas picture, I see her face and her house, and her party.  She was my hero, and I miss her.

I know this isn't a Christmas picture - but it's a cute one of the two of us. Sorry if there are typos in this - I started crying about half-way through...


5 comments:

Panoptica said...

That's such a sweet picture!!!

Your grandma was a lovely lady, and you were a lovely kid Ruthie...

BeadedTail said...

What lovely memories Ruthie. This is a loving tribute to such a wonderful Grandma. The picture of the two of you is adorable. Okay, now I'm crying too! ((((hugs)))

uniquecommodities said...

awww..look at all that love in that picture and in the story you shared! Thanks for sharing the memory

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a CUTE picture! And a great story :) You really put a smile on my face...I can see your family all gathered together celebrating :)

Tulip's Talking said...

(((Ruthie))), you have so much love inside of you. Being surrounded by love as a child growing up seems to be more and more rare.

I too loved our traditional "family" gathering on Christmas Day...or the memories of them anyway. We moved away just before I turned 12 so my younger 1/2 siblings and all of the cousins went on w/o us. They all still live in that area, and now their children are enjoying knowing so much family.