Tuesday, December 11, 2007

my other christmas treasure

As I said last week, Mum and Dad weren't particularly flush with cash when I was growing up and the decorations/presents were a bit on the sparse side ... which is probably why she saved the very first Christmas card that anyone sent me.
It's a fold out one of "The Night Before Christmas"with typical '50s graphics.
I was all of three days old when it arrived and the card was 'signed' by Allan-John, Mum's Godson, who is 18 months older than I, so I think it's safe to say that it came from his mum, my gorgeous Godmother Gwen [ currently living in Queensland and a fairly feisty 86 ]
Every year it was sticky-taped up and the poem read on Christmas Eve.
When I married, it came with me, the traditional sticky tape was eventually replaced by Blu-tac, and when it eventually became too fragile, and started to tear, I had it laminated.
The reading of "the Night Before Christmas" continued until Nadie was about five or six, and somehow after that, we got out of the habit, although the sitting on the couch and warbling along to Carols By Candlelight [ complete with the eponymous candles ] was still going strong until a few years ago.

10 comments:

Rose Red said...

This is lovely - especially that you still have it and it hasn't gotten lost somewhere along the line.

Tanya Brown said...

This is precious, every bit of it. The memories, the vintage nature of it, the family story. Thanks for sharing.

Jackie said...

Lovely to see christmas traditions still live on. Congrats on your 301st post.

Kylie said...

It's nice that you have all those wonderful memories.

Jejune said...

Oh, this reminds me of my special story book, which had an illustrated version of the poem too, it looks quite similar! I wonder where my book is now... great idea to laminate your card, a lovely story :)

And congrats on making it past 300 posts!

Caity said...

What a lovely tradition! I'll post about my one and only Christmas book soon!

crazyhaberdasher said...

Copy and print out that paragraph and keep it with the card - for its provenance.
It's a treasure!

Melinda said...

Family christmas traditions...my favorite thing about this time of year.

Jorja's Nanna said...

I thought that I was the only person who kept things for ever. It is nice to know you do the same.
That is a treasure for sure and a great idea to have it laminated.
Congratulations too on your 300th posting. I'm with you on the saying something nice or not saying anything at all. You did the right thing by inviting everyone to your home. They should be honoured to be asked.

Alice said...

Such wonderful memories that card evokes. They obviously mean a lot to you; thank you for allowing us to share a little of your 'Christmasses past'.