My husband wrote this a few years back and I am going to share to you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Christmas as a Kid
“Growing up on a road where just about everyone living on it was family and all were Christian people. I never knew about drinking alcohol or families fighting . We all lived a simple lives, most of our dads worked and moms stayed home and raised us. We had the Big Elkin Creek and the woods behind Pleasant Hill Church to play in. The all time best part of the year was Christmas. Granny’s house like many, had a living room only used when company come over to visit. The rest of the time it stayed closed to us kids (we were a messy bunch). Back to Christmas. Granny would get a son in law to go get her a big Cedar tree about 7 feet tall. She would decorate with balls, lights, tinsel and that awesome spray snow. Yes spray snow, she would spray a white foam stuff that imitated snow. She would spray the windows in the corners and sills too. All this made for some of the best smells of my youth. You opened the door on that room and there was that big tree all decorated and the snow. The smell of fresh cut cedar and the snow was so good. Under the tree were boxes wrapped and all of the grandkids knew what it was. Every year she would charge at the local store boxes of Candy bars(Hershey Chocolate Bars). We all got a box and it took her a year to pay for the presents on Grandpa’s retirement check. We would gather on Christmas Eve and everybody would bring a bowl of food. Oh the food and desserts. Each of my aunts and uncles had their best dishes to bring. Alene’s pies, Peggy’s fruitcake and Christmas candy. Mama was a cooker, she made casseroles. Now there was still Pansy, Lowell, Ivory and Harvey and all their families to add to it with food too. We would fill the house to the brim. Eat, laugh, and be thankful we had made it another Christmas. Then Granny would open the door to the living room and it all decorated and smelling so good. She would pass out our presents. A box of candy bars “Oh my my” I was happy. A little later on that night we all headed home for bed because you know who came on Christmas Eve “Santa Clause”. Oh how I miss my years as a kid. “