Christmas’ were the best. We’d start asking Mom if we could put up the Christmas tree as soon as Halloween was over. When it came to presents we never got much, so we appreciated what we did get. You could expect every year at Christmas one gift from Santa Clause and one gift from Mom & Dad. My brothers and sisters also drew names each year so we’d get one gift from the brother or sister that drew our name. Three gifts were about it. Oh, did I mention the presents from Mom & Dad were always clothes? That was pretty yuk as a kid, but it was what we really needed.
My family had it’s Christmas traditions too. Christmas eve was when we’d open our presents. But we didn’t just open the presents all at once. I guess to make it last longer, we’d pass out all the presents, and then one person at a time (from youngest to oldest) would open a present. You weren’t allowed to open your present until the younger brother or sister in front of you had completely opened theirs. Then it was off to bed because Santa was coming that night. Going to bed on Christmas eve seemed impossible, but somehow we always did it. You could always expect your “good” present to come from Santa Clause. It was going to be a toy of some kind.
I remember the year my brother and I got the electric race car set we’d asked for. We played that thing non-stop. I also remember the year of the BB-guns. Boy, did Mom ever regret getting us those. Oh, and how about the electric football game? Remember how the little football players would “shake around” when you turned on the switch? And then there was the bicycle Christmas. It is probably the Christmas I remember best. The four younger kids had all asked for new bikes. We hadn’t ever had brand-new bicycles . Dad had told us many times that year, “Don’t get your hopes up. Santa can’t afford new bicycles this year.” Low and behold, new bikes that year. We were shocked to say the least, and on a salary of around $114 a week, Santa was a hero again.
It was all too cool. The old days. Back before X-box, DVD players and I-Pods. Back in what seemed to be the simpler times.
So, that’s a few of my memories. What do you remember about Christmas when you were a kid? Any traditions? Any special gifts? Click the comments button below and let me know.