Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Family Memories: Santa

Alberta Joy (Gardner) Brown, 1969

My mother was the best Santa ever. She did not dress in red or jingle any bells. She did not call any attention to herself. Quietly, secretly, she made sure my brothers and I found our most wanted Christmas gifts beneath our tree on Christmas morning. Our mom put away money all year for this shopping. She drove from one store to another to find the toy or clothes or radio or watch we wanted. She hid her finds in her bedroom, tossing a blanket over things till she had time to wrap them.

One year I wanted a gold cameo ring more than anything else. I thought it was beautiful. On Christmas Eve my mother & I took a quick trip to Hudson, NY [the ‘big’ city near us] for a couple last minute errands. On the way home in the car my mother told me that I would not be getting the ring. She had sent away for it but it had not arrived and now that it was Christmas Eve deliveries were finished till after the holiday. She had been watching for it every day but now it looked like it was not going to arrive in time to go under the tree. I was deeply disappointed but said it did not matter. I just thanked her for the ring and all her efforts to get it on time. I knew she felt terrible that she could not do this for me. We arrived at home and carried our packages up to our door. There, sitting on our front porch, was the box with the ring! I still have that ring and remember my mom whenever I wear it.

I have followed my mother’s example and done my best to make Christmas special for our children and now our oldest daughter is doing the same with her sons. 

Family traditions are made with love.

Be Santa. Pass on the love.

Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. 
I can add it to my blog or the next family book. 

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  1. Your mother was a special person! She gave you the great gift of love along with the gifts you thought you most wanted.

    1. Marian, thanks. We miss her constantly but we have many magical memories.

  2. I love this post, this story, and the encouragement to "Be Santa," Colleen. I think most moms do that for their children but sometimes let the tradition go a little when children are grown. I hope you'll post a photo of your ring sometime. I'd love to see it. Christmas is over but I hope it was special for you and your family.

    1. Nancy, I agree that Moms in general know how to Be Santa all year round. Hope your New Year is the best.


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