Happy Monday. With my mom’s passing and the holidays, I have been in a very nostalgic mood of late, remembering so many great times with my mom.
Mom loved Christmas – everything about it. The decorating, buying or making gifts, the music – especially the music. As a result, the Christmas season became incredibly special to me.
In honor of all the memories I have of this special time of year and my mom, I am doing Holiday memory Monday for the next three Mondays. I’d love it if you’d join me.
Today’s memory comes from my childhood, when I was around 6 or so. My mom raised me as a single parent until I was 11. We struggled financially – not that I ever knew it. Mom made everything so incredibly special. The smallest of gift was precious to me and I never felt without.
Each Christmas, my mom and I made ornaments and decorations to adorn the house. My favorites were the salt dough ornaments we put on the tree. I remember kneading the dough, shaping balls into wreaths and other shapes, brushing egg white over the dough and baking them until they were golden brown.
I also remember Mom’s banners. We lived in an old Victorian styled house with tall ceilings in the living room, and exposed wooden beams. Mom made huge felt banners with symbols of the season – a tree, an angel, etc – and hung them from the rafters. People taking their nightly walks would stop and look in through the windows to see the banners and tree. Nothing looked more beautiful to me.
It is a mental picture that I’ll carry with me forever.
What are your favorite Holiday moments?
Next week, I’ll share a musical memory.