Friday, December 3, 2010

Flashback Friday

I am joining Linda for Flashback Friday today.  When you finish here, go over to her blog and join in!

But first, many of you wanted to know where the Santa was.  I was waiting to see if Jason would acknowledge it, but alas he refuses.   The Santa was in his room when he got back to college....lovingly waiting for him and screaming that his mom just totally topped any hiding place he has ever come up with!!!  He better get his thinking cap on!  :)

Ok, now for Flashback Friday.  The prompt was:

When you were growing up, when did your family put up and decorate the Christmas tree? Was it real or artificial? Who usually decorated it? Were there special decorations? What was on the top? White lights or colored, blinking or steady? How much did your family decorate for the holiday other than the tree (wreaths, dishes, snowglobes, miniature villages, etc.)? Did y'all do outdoor lights? White or colored, blinking or not? Are there special memories associated with decorating for Christmas?

My family usually put our tree up at the beginning of December.  We always had a real tree and I loved going to pick it out.  In AZ, you don't go to a tree farm to pick out your tree.  No, you go to a parking lot at the grocery store that has been set up to sell trees.  You walk around and lift up tree after tree until you find the perfect one!

Our whole family decorated the tree.  It had multicolored lights and a variety of ornaments....home made, bought, etc.  But we always had the large colored balls.  Not the glass ones, these were made of fine string..different sizes and colors.  The final touch was the tinsel!!  I loved putting it up, but after a while, it got old and I would end up throwing clumps on the tree!  We always had a beautiful angel at the top of the tree.  My mom had bought her when she was in Europe before she married! 

My mom made the same wreath for our front door each year.  She had an antique thing (I have no idea what it is called) that had spikes on it and she would put apples with cloves stuck in them on it with pine boughs behind it.  That was my job...putting the cloves in the apples.....I HATED it.  My thumbs would be SO sore by the time I got done, but it smelled amazing!!!

We also had an advent calender......and now my kids use the same one.  Some of the ornaments have had to be replaced but it is so fun to see them get as excited as I did to put it up.  I asked them this year as we were decorating who was going to get the calendar.......they all yelled "ME" at the same time.   

Hmmmmmm....this could be tricky!!!


Susan said...

Thanks for the link to Linda's page. I just went there and posted a comment and also told her how I'm going to join in on this one! I've been christmas blogging for a month now so this is perfect! I'm going to add the photo tag and do my flashback friday on my blog and link up. But definitely will be back to read other comments on this post.

Mocha with Linda said...

Fun memories. I love your cleverness with the Santa in your son's college room!

I'm going to re-link you; somehow it linked the P365 post about your cruise. (Mr. Linky is aggravating sometimes - it loads the last post you linked unless you go in the "box" and delete it.

Rach@In His Hands said...

Oh, I just love that your kiddos use the same advent calendar as you did growing up! That is fabulous. I'd fight for it, too!

Sara said...

Oh how I love hearing about others traditions. It's amazing the details our minds can come up with when just the right question is phrased our asked, especially when on certain days we can't remember if we put deodorant on or not! Or where we left our keys!
I can't believe he won't admit he got bested! What a stinker...but be careful Mama, I have a feeling something is coming your way ;)

LynnMarie said...

I enjoyed stopping by for a visit today. Nice answers and enjoyed that your children use the advent calendar from your childhood. Sweet.

Mimi said...

The tree is one of my favorite parts of the holidays!

Hugs & love,

quilly said...

I love the hiding Santa tradition. The best thing about holidays are the traditions and precious family memories.

Nel said...

What fun memories! Oh gosh my dad would of had a heart attack if we would of threw tinsel at the tree, it had to placed perfectly. lol It always was pretty at the end.

until next time... nel

Susan said...

I'm back! I've been having such a lovely time reading all the comments and blogs of those who joined in this flashback friday blog! I'm getting so sentimental now... I love all the old christmas memories.