Friday, 7 December 2012
Christmas Eve with Auntie Gladys
The Christmas tree was always an artificial white one (as far as I can remember) and I loved it. It was so contemporary for that time back in the late 1960's. In the corner of the room was a table packed with festive fare from trifle to chocolate logs and Christmas cake. Her speciality though was boiled bacon sandwiches and we would each have a plate piled high on soft, fresh white bread with pickles as an accompaniment.
I usually made her a present for Christmas and you would think that it was the best present in the whole World! It was worth making just for the sheer joy she expressed on receiving it. She kept those gifts until the day she died.
Some Christmases she and Uncle Les would put on the TV and we would watch a bit of Morecombe and Wise or maybe Perry Como together. The memories really do seem like a lifetime ago. As I get older the memories are not so crystal clear and the years seem to intermingle. Even if my memories are not quite as I remembered I will never forget the feeling of love and warmth received on those Christmas Eve's many, many moons ago. She would secretly whisper into my ear 'you know you're my favourite' and I would hold on to that special secret for many years until I found out that she had said it to us all!!
Thank you Auntie Gladys and Uncle Les for giving me such wonderful recollections of Christmas past.
* picture in book 'Christmas Dreams by the Fireside - Anon.'