Thursday, December 22, 2011

Carnival of Genealogy: A Charles Dickens Christmas

Charles Dickens Christmas - Christmas Past, Present and Future

I have lots of memories of Christmas past but I will share one. When I was a young girl, our family lived across the road from my paternal grandparents. We could visit them often. Of course, we went over either on Christmas Day or Boxing Day to visit them. Often we would see our other aunts and uncles and cousins who also had come to visit.

I am not sure when this photo was taken of my grandfather William Iles and my grandmother Emily Lily Iles nee Dudley (seated) and my aunt May. I would think either late 1950s or early 1960s. It is interesting to note the items in the background: the record player, the Christmas Cards, the TV. etc. On the wall are photos. The one in the upper left corner is of my Dad in his army uniform.

Christmas Present
This Christmas my focus is on getting ready to move in a couple of weeks. I did not decorate at all. Christmas I will attend the last Christmas Eve Service at Knox United.

Christmas Day, I will spend with my nephews and their partners/spouses and their mom and uncle. As I write, I don't know the details but I am looking forward to getting together. Update: Christmas morning, I will attend the church service at Knox. Then in the afternoon, I will get together with the family.

Christmas Future
I would like to host a Christmas get together at my new home with my siblings, nieces and nephews and great niece(s) and great nephew(s) present. The place would be decorated and we would enjoy good food. I don't know if all could come but I can dream.

© 2011 Janet Iles Print


  1. Great memories, thanks for sharing them in the COG! And I hope you are happy and blessed in your new home, Janet!

  2. Good memories of your childhood Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I LOVE the family photos on the wall in the first photo!


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