My festive traditions were all about my current life but then I started to think about Christmas as a child and what our family traditions were then.
Preparing for Christmas
I can remember making the Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding with my Mum. We would make them about a month before Christmas and I can clearly remember the ceramic mixing bowl. Mum would ask us all to stir the pudding for ‘good luck’ and it was at a time when coins were added to be found on Christmas Day when our pudding was served. Mum made traditional recipes including brandy which I thought was very sophisticated as no-one in our household drank alcohol. I can remember her boiling the pudding in a cloth and hanging it up to dry. I’ve never tasted a better pudding than the one Mum made.
Pudding and cake completed, it was time to put up the Tree and write and post the Christmas Cards. I still send a few cards but these days it appears technology has taken over. Good idea or Not? I think I’m a bit of a traditionalist at heart.
Christmas Day was a family affair and as we lived with my Aunt & Uncle who had no children we were pretty spoilt with gifts.
Fun and excitement on Christmas morning as my sister and I found our Santa pillow cases at the bottom of the bed filled with little goodies, with main gifts under the tree. My brother was 7 years older than me so didn’t ‘carry on’ like his younger sisters.
Then it was off to church for the Christmas service before coming home to a traditional roast turkey and ham lunch. I don’t know how Mum survived the heat in the kitchen as Christmas in Australia is in Summer! But Christmas wouldn’t be the same without that menu. We would sit around waiting for lunch and I remember Dad and I would ‘fight’ over the mixed nuts for the cashews. Funny how little things bring back fond memories.
I remember one year it was raining and Mum and Dad had given us tricycles. No riding outside so my sister and I spent the morning riding up and down the hall. I can also remember another gift of a tape recorder with a message from ‘Santa’ (who I recognised as Dad’s voice) and Mum and Dad recording them singing ‘White Christmas’. I always shed a tear when I hear that song played.
Boxing Day and it was off to a family get together at my Uncle’s, Mum’s brother. Her other brother and his family came and over the years the family grew. My main memories of Boxing Day are playing cricket in the backyard after a huge lunch, lots of fun and laughter.
Christmas was also a time for a photo with Santa and I came across this one earlier this year when we were planning my 60th birthday celebrations. Look at the outfit with black patent leather shoes and the handbag, although my face suggests maybe I’m not that keen!
I’ve not had my Mum and Dad for over 30 years but I still remember them and our family Christmas traditions still today. I send them my love and a toast each year because even though they aren’t with me physically they will always be with me.
What are your memories of Christmas as a child? Leave me your thoughts in the comments I’d love to hear from you.
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