Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Grandma's House

No matter how many Bing Crosby songs I hear, no matter how many twinkle lights I see, and no matter how many cookies I consume, it never really feels like Christmas until I go to my grandparents' house.

My grandmother is 80, has six children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Every year, we all convene at her house to celebrate and see who can score the most homemade caramels. The highlight for many of us, though, is her vintage decorations. My dad is the oldest at 60, and he remembers almost all of the trimmings from his childhood. The santas, elves, ornaments and angels are from the early part of the century, and many of them belonged to my great-grandmother. It's as if time stopped, and it's such a wonderful feeling to know that they've brought joy to so many generations.

Seeing my grandparents surrounded by their large family is my favorite part of the holidays, and a reminder to cherish what's important.

Happy Holidays!
Nichole, Little Brown Pen


Unknown said...

my grandma had that same santa that's in the second pic! :)

meg said...

I loved seeing the little elves that hold their knees in their arms! We had some of those when I was young, and I just recently found out they are "shelf elfs" - to watch over you for Santa, to see if you were being naughty or nice! I had never known that! Ours have long since been lost unfortunately, so it brought me a lot of joy and fun memories to see your grandmother's "shelf elfs" sitting there :)

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

wild child

Unknown said...

such beautiful memories. we are starting so many new traditions with the beginning of the next generation in our family. it's so great.

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