|Kathleen G. Coyle|
Today Geneabloggers asks: Did your immigrant ancestors have holiday traditions from their native country? Read about other traditions in these posts.
She told me she remembered looking for the longest stocking possible to hang on the mantle before going to bed on Christmas Eve. Since she was the youngest, her stockings were always the littlest.
She would go to bed on Christmas Eve and her mother would wake her up at midnight. Their apartment would be dark. Her mother would lift little Kathleen out of bed and hold her up. As her mother walked through their apartment Kathleen would pull the strings to turn on the lights all over their home. Kathleen’s mother said this was to light the way for Jesus to come. They’d hear the Church bells ringing. Then they’d go in the parlor and see the tree and the gifts, none of which had been there before Kathleen went to sleep. There would be candles on the tree and pots of water set around the base for safety. After briefly admiring the lights, they’d be blown out.