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My first Christmas memory

Posted 01-09-2010 at 09:56 PM by pattilynn (Christmas Memories and other thoughts)

I must have been about 4. My mother, brother and I lived in a top floor one bedroom apartment. (in a house that was converted. might have been victorian)This was 1961 or 62.

We had a tree no bigger than I about 3ft on a table, near a window. my brother was a baby at the time and we shared the bedroom but for some reason I slept on the daybed couch that Christmas eve night.

I remember waking up in the warm dark of night and lifted my head to see many presents under the tree on the floor. I know I didn't get up but went back to sleep. I don't remember the day.. but I remember that warm dark of night and the gifts.

Another memory I have is walking with my mother and brother down the main avenue of my home town , maybe age 5 or 6.... It was dusk ( I don't remember where we were going) snow on the ground, bundled up well from the cold. We walked because my mother did not drive.

On our walk , we passed...
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My Childhood Christmas

Posted 01-09-2010 at 07:09 PM by Sapsorrow (Maman Noel)

[I]I know that I'm posting a lot, and now that I know that means I'm automatically reposted on the Blogs board, I feel a bit self-conscious, but this is the Christmas of all Christmases to me and the pattern I'm working towards in my planning. That, after all, is the whole point of this blog, so I'd like it upfront and center to light my way!

[/I]While I don't remember what year it was, one Christmas we all went North to spend Christmas in my grandparents' big Victorian in a little village. It was a classic little village with a town green across the street from their house, a quaint main street and a fancy old restaurant (with a ghost of a lady who firmly believed in temperance) a few buildings down. There was deep snow on the ground and you could walk across the brook in the green (though not by the bridge where there was a waterfall, and consequently thin ice). When we walked in the front door, actually I was carried since we arrived in the evening, the house smelled...
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Monthly Shopping List (Rough Draft)

Posted 01-09-2010 at 12:10 PM by Sapsorrow (Maman Noel)

[I]January[/I] - Christmas, New Year's and winter items (hats, gloves, coats, scarves, sleds, snow toys, etc.)
[I]February[/I] - Buy red items on sale after Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year: red ornaments, gifts, jewelry, clothes, crepe paper streamers, etc. Also doilies, Victorian style Valentines, heart shaped cookie cutters, etc.
[I]March[/I] - Buy green items on sale after St. Patty's Day.
[I]April[/I] - Buy white items after Easter.
[I]June[/I] - Buy and repurpose discounted wedding items.
[I]July[/I] - Take advantage of Christmas in July sales. Pick up red and white items after 4th of July.
[I]September[/I] - Buy extra school supplies to reserve for Christmas at the back to school sales. Buy wine at grape harvest sales.
[I]October[/I] - Buy suitable Halloween items to repurpose, like the mini playdough trick or treat tubs. Order prints for cards.
[I]November[/I] - Buy Black Friday items. Buy postage,...
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January 9th, 2010

Posted 01-09-2010 at 12:00 PM by Sapsorrow (Maman Noel)

It's my second day "on the wagon!" (That is, my second day doing Christmas prep, not the other sense of being on the wagon!)

So far today, I've ordered my Christmas cards with beautiful envelope seals on deep discount. 50 of them used to be a little over $30, but I got them for $8 (we got them from PaperDirect if anyone is interested). I also ordered free mailing labels from VistaPrint, and threw in some nicely discounted matching sticker gift tags, namely for anything we mail. The idea is to label all envelopes as soon as they arrive, then we'll write a little season's greeting and address a few each on the 25th of each month. We don't need to be too thorough about the cards because I'll be including a short story inspired by an incident from Christmas 2009, and then I'll add photo prints that I get for the shipping price from a nice little site.

I didn't used to do Christmas cards, but there are many friends who'd rather a card than anything I...
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Janary 8th, 2010

Posted 01-08-2010 at 01:04 PM by Sapsorrow (Maman Noel)

Happy New Year, happy new blog!

According to my handy Wilson's Almanac, today is Jackson's Day, commemorating the day Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans. This occurred two weeks after the peace treaty ending the War of 1812 was signed, but the French in me thinks that's all right. Apparently the French in the New Orleanians feels the same way, since LA celebrates this day even now.

To make a long story short, Christmas 2009 didn't really happen. It was terribly sad because our eldest has been positively vibrating with Christmas spirit since she first spotted a tree in October. But there was no money and we've been looking after our newborn. My new year's resolution was to make it up to them by planning throughout the year to throw a Christmas as magical as the one at my grandparents' that still haunts my memory. That Christmas will be my model, and I'll tell you about it, but it deserves an entry all its own.

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