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Christmas to Us!

John Turnbull

Posted on December 24, 2018 11:10

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Some Christmas meals past that epitomize the true spirit of the holiday season

As a present for my mom, Wendy McIndoo (who has always liked to write) and in turn her present to me (for getting to experience her cherished Christmas memories), I've posted her take on our crazy family's holiday shenanigans below. I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I did.

"Growing up, Christmas Day was always a cherished family affair. Aunts, uncles, and cousins would all get together at someone’s house. We would have that heavenly turkey and fresh baking and loads of laughs and fun. Oh, the aromas that came out of the kitchen! Nothing quite like turkey baking in the oven and fresh baking, oh yeah!

The kids would run around, eat all the candy and chocolate they could before they got sick, chase each other, and get to sit at their own kitchen table, while the adults got to eat at the BIG table in the dining room. This was unacceptable to my little brother, Dan. He wanted to eat at the BIG TABLE! As a compromise, my parents let him eat the corn right off the cob. Problem was, he only had a few teeth, and so more corn was left on the cob than actually got into his mouth!

As the families become larger there were more personal family Christmases, but we always spent the time with my parents. Mom would bake for weeks before and store it all in the freezer. Somehow (my sister and I had rooms downstairs where the freezer was) there was always considerably less baked goods when Christmas finally came. Mom finally locked the freezer so we couldn’t get at it. Shame on her – depriving her children of all those delicious goodies!

Dad, who worked shift work, always made it home for Christmas dinner. It was his job to cut the turkey and my job to watch him. They could never quite figure out where most of the skin went to from all those turkeys. It was delicious!

After a delightful meal we would sit around and play board games. Mom’s favorite was Wide World. We didn’t have enough game pieces to go around, so mom would use nuts. During the game, mom’s “game pieces” would reappear on the board, coincidentally closer to where she needed to be. Somehow, mom would always win. Whatever happened to those days?

One Christmas my cousin brought my sister a box of chocolates (the ONLY thing he ever gave her). We had a dog named Penny who wasn’t allowed in the living or dining room. Well, that day we went downstairs only to come back up to wrappers all over the living room and one sick dog. And, I mean sick! Chocolates, which really aren’t that good for pets, really do make a dog fart and boy are they smelly. But, it was all in good fun and we survived.

To this day we celebrate Christmas with family. It was, still is, and always will be our Christmas."

John Turnbull

Posted on December 24, 2018 11:10

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