i love this Shelly!!! :)Originally Posted by Shellyamc, post: 181089
But wasn't your first place the best?! Mine was early ugly and I didn't have 2 cents to rub together, my first tree looked like a bush! Not the proud tradition of a douglas fir that we always had at home! But it was mine and I had to tie it to the wall too! I believe the ornaments were from Woolworth's and ones that I had made myself. Lord, I haven't thought of that place for years', I'm getting old Tink!! That was back in 1978!Originally Posted by Tink, post: 181183
You know Tink when I think back on my first Christmas totally on my own I don't remember even having a Christmas tree. I think I went without one often while I was single.Originally Posted by Tink, post: 181183
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Thanks I grew up in the Noth East of England, a place called Sunderland. My family still live thereOriginally Posted by Tinkfan, post: 181176
I love Shelly's handed-down sleighbells too, that is so very lovely :)
The first year I was on my own I went to Woolworth's and bought a tree...looked like a lot of green bottlebrushes together and I kept it for a good few years! It had a stand though, so I didn't have to tie it to the wall!!
Deb my mum's family come from Sunderland. :D
Anyway one time my parents bought a real tree that was so lopsided that my dad had to nail it to the dining room wall to stop it tipping over and crushing the dog.
My dad's favourite christmas memory (of me, of course)!
When I was about six or seven they got me a scalectrix (race car) set for christmas. It was a MASSIVE box. Knowing I'd want to play with it straight away, and not wanting to faf about on christmas morning, dad set the circuit up in the back/dining room in a massive x shape, turned the lights off and closed the door. He then wrapped the massive box - I guess he anticipated me asking where the actual track and cars were, and to be hugely upset with an empty box for christmas.
I opened the box, and noticing it was empty, just said "oh well, santa has so much to do he must have forgotten to put it in the box. I'm sure when he notices he'll come back. Mommy, do you want help tidying up while I wait for him?"
My first Christmas memory??? Hmmmm..... I was maybe 4 years old and living with my parents and baby brother in Chicago, IL. We lived in an apartment building, several floors up. One of my dad's older brothers lived next door in the next apartment building with his wife and family.
Mom needed a pair of stockings (this was way back before pantyhose) and sent me to my aunt and uncle's apartment to get one. My aunt, always the epitome of elegance, had one of those aluminum Christmas trees with satin ornaments - all in the same color (I want to say they were red). A revolving light on the floor turned the tree from silver to blue, then to red, etc. I had never seen anything SO beautiful in my life! I ran back home with the stockings, and for days I regaled my parents with stories about the fabulous silver tree! Funny the things that impress small children, huh?
I know it's not Christmassy... but in Mexico do you eat the grapes with the chime of the bell? I remember reading about it in our Spanish lessons but I can't recall whether it was a tradition that Mexican's took part in tooOriginally Posted by Mari, post: 181075
We usually all pile into my Grandad's little flat but since he passed away we all go for a family meal in the days before christmas (but this time it'll be in January) and then see each other on boxing day. On christmas day generally we stay in, this year Niamh will be going to see her Dad for an hour or two (more so for her granparent's sake... I actually like them.. unlike her father ) and then Christmas night, we have family friends come round (who came on our trip to florida in '05) and we generally watch a bit of T.V and have nibbles etc.
This year, Jo (from Hong Kong) is in England at university so she's coming to our house on Boxing day and we're taking her to the trafford centre (we must be mad but she was really dissapointed we didn't visit when she took part in the exchange) and then she is staying over until she gets her train to London on the 27th