Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Glenn and Alison were playing Christmas carols tonight on our piano, and as we all sang along, it took me back to yesteryear—you know, when we stood around our piano at 2846, Mom playing, and all of us kids attempting to sing the carols.

I remember popping popcorn and then stringing popcorn and cranberries for the tree, throwing tinsel at the branches as we chomped on Christmas cookies, checking to see if we really did see Santa’s whiskers at the window that Dad swore he saw as we dawdled going to bed…

And, of course, on Christmas morning, we Kinsellas all sat on the stairs between the first and second floors, not allowed to step foot on that hallowed first floor ground.

Finally, the call would go up—when the grown ups had their coffee and had already claimed their chairs—and we were allowed to race pell mell into the living room where our tree and our presents awaited us.

In the earlier years, the race was to see just what presents Santa left us. In the later years, the race was REALLY to grab the best seats left to us, because it was a LONG morning to be sitting on the floor. One of the most important aspects of the seating arrangement, however, was the amount of space around it—you had to keep open a spot for your stash. Thus, to be in the middle of the couch was NOT a prime choice.

I will miss being at Mom and Dad’s on Christmas, but I am sure that the hubbub will be just as crazy as I remember.

Love to all of you today….A few bits of Christmas carols:

Away in a Manger—I have always loved this one-

Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head,
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

And, Celebrate Me Home, by Loggins and Messina.
One year, Beth and I created a slide show of us kids through out the years. I think we both were home from college, and it just felt so good to finally be home and see the beautifully familiar faces of our family. As the pictures changed, we played this song—

Home for the holidays,
I believe I've missed each and every face,
Come on and play my music,
Let's turn on the love light in the place

Please, celebrate me home,
Give me a number,
please, celebrate me home
Play me one more song,
That I'll always remember,
I can recall,whenever I find myself too all alone,
I can make believe I've never gone,
I never know where I belong,
Sing me home.

So, to all of our cousins and relatives, have a very Merry Christmas.

We may not sing exceptionally well,
we will always Celebrate you Home.

Love you all,



Kathryn said...

and all you other cousins too!!!

I love 'Away in the Manger'. That baby in the manger was, and still is,the most important being ever.

Pat, you are fantastic! Your work on this blogsite is a gift every day of the year!

Lots of love always!

Diana said...

And at 2486 in Warners - at the Taylor house - we would be pumping the player piano and singing - although we ususally didn't let dad (Arnon) sing - he was a better pumper than singer!

We didn't have any Christmas here today because of the snow - people had to come from too far on bad roads - so I have a tree and lots of presents and nobody to open them!

Maybe tomorrow.

Kathryn said...

We had rain in Kent, Ohio. All the snow that we did have is now melted. It is green and muddy. Ah, North east Ohio!! If you don't like the weather, just wait a bit and it will change.
When I was a child on the farm in Center Lisle, I only remember snowy Christmases. Thats what I had growing up in a snow belt.

On a slightly different note:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WENDY!!! She was the best day after Christmas present ever!!

Pat said...

We did manage Saturday to get some skiing in at the White Mountains in NH, but today, TOTAL rain all day long. Luckily, we were already planning to drive home.

Diana, Hope your Christmas happened without TOO much delay.


Nance said...

I remember as a kid being around the piano at Grandma and Grandpa's house on W. Main Street and singing Christmas carols -- remember Grandpa's singing voice to this day.
Diana -- sorry that your Christmas day got snowed out. Hope you've been able to recapture it to some extent as the weather gets nicer.
This next week, we are supposed to get down right cold (even heard the possibility of some snow, which has happened several times thru the years in this Central Florida area).
Much love to all, and blessings for a truly great New Year!