Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Smiles

Even when I didn't take a lot of pictures, I took them on Christmas and Easter. The one above here captured Katie's extreme excitement, Christmas morning as she ran to the bag Robbie is holding in the picture below.... the first time Santa Left his bag at our house
In 1981, I took this picture Christmas Eve and have treasured the picture of Katie's extreme Christmas Eve excitement. Robbie was being cool and Lyndsey didn't know or care what all the fuss was about. This was our first Christmas Eve that we couldn't go to Nana & Grampa Eny's (my parents). I thought Christmas Eve would be awful, and yet it was one of our best.
Christmas Eve 1984. The kids always opened one present Christmas Eve. (I tried to make sure it was the Pajamas Grand Ma gave them every year. The photo below, is Paul reading twas the night before Christmas. He'd read that every year, After I read the Christmas Story from the Bible.

Christmas Eve 1985. Lyndsey had the magnificent Christmas Eve Smile 
Christmas Eve 1986 at Nana and Grampa Eny's house. Katie still had The extreme Christmas Eve Excitement.
Christmas Eve 1989..

Christmas Eve 1989 at Nana's with Father Tom

1989 and Rob was taller than Grampa Eny

It was only the 13th... last week when I took this snapshot and Conner wouldn't come sit under the tree. So I don't have them all under the tree and it's two weeks early, but I could see the excitement in their eyes as Christmas Approaches. Sophie's smile.... Well, she's learned early to smile beautifully for Gran.
We did our best while our children grew up to keep in their minds the true meaning of the Day. They all yelled Happy Birthday to Jesus when they woke up (sometimes at 5:00...2 hours after we got to bed). Mass was part of Christmas Eve or Christmas morning most years and we had the advent cradle... Ricky still insists on holy Christmas music being played here around the holidays. We could have done much more in retrospect to have kept Christmas as a holier Day.

Now a days (while she's under the tree, counting her gifts) Sabby reminds us that Christmas isn't about the presents (yeah right), it''s about Jesus' Birthday!

I know that Sabby; and one of my glimpses of heaven is in the eyes and smiles of my children and grandchildren during this special time. They've been there ; those smiles; during the slim and flush years. 
I'm a really lucky Gran that even when it's not the actual date, we still have our Christmas Eve with everyone and our own Christmas morning.. the 26th, 27th.. close enough.
Thanks everyone for reading my long winded blog today.


Brenda said...

That was such a nice post Betty. The pictures and stories were so much fun to read. I think these stories will mean so much to your family and also to your blogging friends. If I don't talk to you before then...Have a very nice Christmas Betty!

Sandy said...

I agree with Brenda, such a nice post and warm and fuzzy to read. The photos of Christmas past are great! Hope you have a great Christmas, in case I don't get back here before then, it's going to be busy...but I'll try.

Ms. Hays said...

What great traditions, reading The Christmas Story from the Bible & Twas The Night Before Christmas - Then yelling HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!!! I love that - sure to put a smile on Jesus' face!!!

I love hearing stories like this!

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Jose said...

Betty what a wonderful post. The first 12 years of my life I spend Christmas in Mexico. Trust me it was nothing like over here, no toys, no commercialization. From December 16 to the 24th it was all about getting ready to receive baby Jesus.

It wasn't until January 6th that all of us would get a load of toys which by the way were brought to us by the Three Wisemen.

Your back in time Christmas photos reminded me of that.

Thank you, and again may you and yours have a Merry Christmas.

We loved the card, thank you very much.

Betty Flocken said...

Oh good Jose. We got yours; It's hanging on our "cowboy tree" in the entry. My Grand kids celebrate 3 kings day too. My mother in law was from Germany and when the kids were younger, he occasionaly brought little gifts for their stockings... (mom (me) couldn't wait)

Rudee said...

Your kids and now your grandchildren, have the most beautiful smiles. What blessings we have all around us-if we but only stop to look. I'm glad I stopped here today.

Carla Flocken said...

Love It!!! What can I say besides that. O' yeah that's a good looking family you have there. Is your oldest son available? I'd like to take him out on a date! Waa-woo!

Kathie Moore said...

I don't know, Carla. He kind of looks like a geek to me. Can't believe he married as well as he did.