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Christmas Preparations for me

Posted on: December 23, 2010

Hi everyone, its 2 days til Christmas.    Yay!

Today the kids are all here, school is out, kids excited . I  am thinking  wow so much to do yet. My back has been out a couple of weeks now.

Sciatica is not fun. This is the worst attack I have had since the car accident that damaged my neck and back.  Yet, I am still hopeful that by reducing my weight the pain will diminish.

 

I am looking at the Christmas tree thinking that over the years I have collected so many ornaments . I have given 2/3 away  to my kids that I saved for them and still have a bunch.

It still amazes me that there are this many.  Yes, I have my moms and love them dearly.  I am remembering all the times as a kid we decorated the tree.

Some of those were teeny tiny little trees we bought at the A &P  or Bohack’s grocery stores  in Queens, N.Y.   Those little trees mirrored our apartments.  We lived in basement apartments at times, others in Middle Village in 2 rooms.  We did not have tons of things, but I cherish those days.

Those trees to me were amazing. We would decorate them with the tiny ornaments, and I remember they were sprayed to prevent fires. They had bits of flocking on them like snow. Mom would put the lights on after much testing and frustration,it usually meant a trip to the avenue.

We would go buy new light bulbs, since they were so fragile.  I loved the look of the German Bubble lights.  Mom said she had them when she was little.  She loved those lights, and the star on the tree. It lit up the star of Bethlehem.  It was white and silver with sparkles on it and backlit by one white bulb.  Made of plastic, surrounded with a reflector of cardboard covered in foil in the shape mimicking that star.

That star meant a lot to mom and so did the ornaments.  They were the one stable thing in her life.  Mom grew up ,a child from a broken home.  Her parents divorced,she was shoved from home to home, wound up with her German grandpa Reuss, and her dad. Her mom and her family very English and proper were too busy to be there for her or her brother.  If not for mom’s grandpa and aunt Lulu, she would not have had any stability.

Times were hard in the depression. Mom spoke of an orange as a gift, a potato roasted in the streets for a nickel, called a Mickey.  It was a treat to go to the movie theater.  Movies were a way to escape the pain in people’s lives.  Church was a place to gain comfort,knowledge and love.

Families were hard  pressed to make ends meet. More often there were 3 generations living in an apt together.  Somehow they managed. Clothes bought at the local stores on the Avenue   were rare indeed. It was pass down the shoes,clothes even though they did not fit right.

This was a real shock to my grandmother Florence.  Her family lived in a mansion on Bushwick avenue.  I think that had a lot to do with the breakup of her marriage.

My grandpa George was a hard working handsome man. His mother and father emigrated from Germany.  Hard working people. Family always was very important to them.  When his mom died  the younger sister lived with the oldest sister and her husband. They hung in there for the long haul. Struggled fought like all families.

I can see the correlation between what the families of the depression went through and what the people of today are experiencing.

I am very thoughtful today, missing my husband,mom,dad,grandparents,and friends who have passed .

I am thinking of the families without homes,food ,lonely, without the basics.

Please pray for them won’t you?

I hope you all have a blessed day and weekend.  Enjoy all you have, relish the memories, share your blessings.

Thank you for sharing with me.

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4 Responses to "Christmas Preparations for me"

Merry Christmas Patti! My year has been made brighter by you becoming my friend. Your unconditional friendship, caring, humor and love of God has made me a better person. I am so very sorry that this time of year brings sad feelings to you. Rejoice in knowing they are with Christ and watching over you from Heavan.
I pray you have a healthy, happy, and drama free year my friend!
Laura

Merry Christmas Princess Laura, I am a lucky woman, friends, a place to hang my coat, a pet who loves me, and so much more. God blesses me each time he lets me rise awaken and share my love with others. hugs honey

Bubble Lights! My gramma had those and I had almost forgotten them. When I was young mom put some sort of christmas decoration in every room of the house. even the aloe plant in the bathroom was festooned with a tiny red ribbon. the upstairs hallway had this itty bitty tabletop tree complete with the tiniest lights and garland. it was wonderful… truely wonderful. ill never forget putting up the decorations and laying booby traps for santa and shaking presents till the paper threatened to fall off. i hope you have a wonderful holiday and keep making those memories for the grandkids!

Wow I thought I was the only bubble light lover left…except for e bay people fight for them. glad you had good memories of Christmas… hugs

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