Sunday, 12 December 2010

Memories


Random memories from childhood Christmases....


We didn't have stockings, but we did have a pillowcase at the end of the bed, and three of our presents were put inside the pillowcase. We were allowed to open these three when we awoke, but the rest had to wait undisturbed under the tree. I remember one year waking at about 3am and knowing that this wasn't really an acceptable time to open the pillowcase presents - but opening them anyway, in darkness, trying to guess by touch what each was, then flicking the light on very quickly so I could see what they actually were! I remember that one of them was a watch, from my aunt. A white watch. Funny the details that come back.... I also remember sneaking quietly downstairs to take a look at the gifts under the tree, peeking at a few labels, trying to make sure that I didn't move any of the packages so I wouldn't be suspected!


One year there was a very big box under the tree - a joint present for me and The Brother. It turned out to contain our first computer! One of our favourite games on that computer was The Lone Ranger. What I really enjoyed most though was writing simple programmes: the kind that would prompt you to type in your name, then print your name on the screen over and over again in different colours! Gosh, when I compare that with the consoles and games available now it feels like a very innocent and simplistic time!


Food always played a big part in our Christmas celebrations. Christmas dinner itself was very important, of course, but even more I remember the buffet meals we'd have, consisting of left-overs from the main event, supplemented by fresh fruit, crackers, cheeses and so on. The food would be laid out on the dining room table and sideboard and we'd just help ourselves to whatever we fancied. As a child, this would sometimes mean strange combinations - one that sticks in my mind is a cream cracker with a slice of turkey, topped with a blob of whipped cream and a couple of sliced grapes! What was I thinking?!

13 comments:

Linda said...

What wonderful memories. I loved reading about them. Your journal page is beautiful with that nostalgic feel. xx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I remember writing a game for our Atari computer that asked your name & a few other questions then created a high school class schedule based on the answers. We got that computer for Christmas as well

Photographing Mom said...

Loved reading your memories, Mel!!!
Gotta get to work on my page. :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

You're doing such a great job keeping up with these Mel. I might ask the kids about their favorite Christmas memories today and seeing what they have to say.
Rinda

Kirsty.a said...

It's odd how often our experiences coincide. I assume you must be somewhere around the big 40 as well!
My brther and I got a joint CHristmas computer too, a Vic 20 (only it was labelled for my brother only and I was insanely jealous as I only got a pair of limre green pixie boots - which I wore to death)
I was also pretty good at making my nae go across the screen, but my friend (who had a vastly superior ZX spectrum)and I also programmed an interactive fantasy story game. It took us the whole Christmas holiday

Miriam said...

Such lovely memories, I love the thought of you sneaking down to look at the parcels under the tree!:)

debs14 said...

Oh goodness, I'm so old. Didn't get our first computer until I was married! Love the story of sneaking an early look at your presents - it's so lovely to have that magical belief of Santa isn't it?

scrappyjacky said...

I can just see you sneaking down to take a peep!!!!
My DDs now come in late xmas eve....or actually early xmas day....open their stockings....and then go to sleep til we drag them out of bed sometime xmas day!!!
This afternoon DD1 said to me "however excited you are on xmas day, do not wake me up til after 10 o'clock"....a definate reversal in roles these days!!!!

Sandra said...

Such wonderful memories for you to share with us - thank you. I must say, I adore this page of yours, it's really beautifu.

Amy said...

We used to have Dad's old footy socks - washed and very clean of course - as our stocking .. I may have been known to wake at strange times of the morning as well!

Tracey said...

I loved reading through your memories ... they're so vivid. Now you have me wondering at my own Christmas reflections ... :)

Sian said...

Oh, yes, always pillowcases with us too - I wonder where that tradition came from? A clutch of random memories like this can make for a lovely post. You should add it to Christmas Club :)

Rachel B said...

Yes what an odd combination but then thats what children do! Great Christmas memories Mel :)-