Thursday, December 24, 2009

Advent Calendar of Memories - Christmas Eve

 How did you and your family spend Christmas Eve?
I don't remember what we did when I was young. I am sure we tuned into the radio to hear the report of Santa's status. We would likely be excited and have trouble falling to sleep.My great Aunt Margaret spent many Christmas holidays with us when she was living in Southern Ontario.

 In my teen years, I either went to church with my brother and his girl friend or went to one of the churches holding services on a rotation. As an adult, I remember going with my mother and father to our church. They were in the choir on Christmas Eve once they retired. (While we had the supermarket, Christmas Eve was a busy one right up to 10 p.m. when they closed. Then they had to come home to prepare the bank deposit.) If the weather was co-operative, we would go for a drive after the service and see the Christmas lights. Before the services became family oriented, I showed a Christmas Eve movie with the children in the Sunday School hall. 

I usually go to the Christmas Eve service at our church. It is a family service at 7:00 p.m. Several times, I have been invited to friends' place for Christmas cookies and a visit after the service. 

To all, I wish a Merry Christmas and a time of creating new memories for you and yours.
In the language of my Germanic ancestors Fröhliche Weihnachten. In the languages of my immediate family, I wish all my readers  Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad

photo from Christmas 1952 - Ted, Nancy and Janet
© 2009 Janet Iles

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