[These stories were first shared in 2009 and updated in 2012]
Think about this: It’s the 1960′s. A husband and wife with six children growing up between the ages of newborn and 15 during that interesting decade. Shaky marriage. Dependent on welfare. Living in Santa Barbara, California. Things should be grim at Christmastime, right?
Then why doesn’t sadness and despair come to mind when I think of my childhood during that magical time of year? My siblings might be able to offer some stories to the contrary. But I keep coming up with memory after memory that makes me laugh out loud, warms my heart, or brings forth a gentle tear.
I’m not sure how, Mom and Dad, but you pulled it off when the odds were against you.
So here they are, my Top Ten Childhood Christmas Memories. When I first listed them back in 2009, I posted a memory every few days as a countdown, until I got to the big reveal of my Number One memory. Now I have them all together for you to enjoy.
I hope you’ll share some similar memories of your own, either as a comment here or with your family and friends.
‘Tis the season to tell your stories.
- No. 1 Childhood Christmas Memory: Making the Nativity Scene
- No. 2: Dad’s Big Surprise
- No. 3: The Gift of Music
- No. 4: Mom’s Christmas Decorations
- No. 5: Lynne Leading the Choir
- No. 6: Norman and the Dart Gun
- No. 7: Watching Christmas TV Specials
- No. 8: Seeing Santa’s Sleigh
- No. 9: Milk and Cookies for Santa
- No. 10: Caroling on State Street in a Pickup Truck