Christmas winds down

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Here’s hoping you all had the Christmas you had envisioned. 

I find it interesting, that while we are busy in our lives preparing for the wonderful Christmas Season, we keep a vision in our mind of how we want it to turn out.

I was always in favor of a hiccup or two, as those times are the ones for me that made the memory.


I don’t recall the “perfect” Christmas’ too well. 

That envisioning starts at a very young age.







Santa is advertised everywhere– “MAKE your list!!”




Were you Naughty or Nice? 

Being a young mom I always quite enjoyed being able to use that “reminder” . 

I always went over the top. Looking back I remember looking at the huge array of Christmas presents carefully arranged. (Santa didn’t wrap at our house) I don’t recall one Christmas that I didn’t say… “it isn’t enough.” 

*sigh* it was MORE than enough… I wonder if they even recall any one particular present that I oh so carefully planned. 



When I was very young it was the same for me. My mind was always in a dither wondering if Santa would bring what I had hoped for or more important did he even get the letter I had written? 

I probably was on the Naughty list more than most knew as I was the queen of unwrapping the gifts way before Christmas morning.

Still, I managed a very good look of surprise on the big day.

Looking back on so many Christmas’ there is one particular present that always stood out and apart. 



Every year with out fail my sister’s and I would receive a wrapped present from my Uncle Kenneth. 

Every year with out fail it would be a Book of Lifesaver’s. 

I don’t suppose I gave it much thought, other than I knew what it was and I hoped that Wintergreen would not be the predominant flavor. 

I’m disappointed that as a young child I was not aware of the magnitude of this gift. 


My Uncle Kenneth was the oldest of 10 children; my father being the second to the youngest.

They were raised during the depression and dust bowls of Kansas. My Uncle Kenneth was the only one who could earn a wage back then… he was hired for 25 cents a day digging a ditch. On his wages this family lived.

He devoted his entire life to his elderly parents and helped to raised the younger children. They all grew up to marry and live very nice lives of being teachers and businessmen. My Uncle Kenneth never married or had children.

He remained living in Ransom Kansas taking care of his parents until they passed with very little income, yet every year his nieces in Pocatello, Idaho would not be forgotten on Christmas morning. He had many other nieces and nephews, who I suppose if I would ask them, that they too probably received the gift.

The story– the effort– the monetary sacrifice– but mostly the thought was the GIFT


You are all such great gifts for me.  The gifts of your time to stop by and say hi.  The gift of your friendship. I am so thankful. 

Enjoy the Beauty around you.

TTFN~~  Claudia

PS.  Dont forget to visit Mary at Little Red House.


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December 26, 2010 at 10:01 pm | christmas | 8 comments


8 responses to “Christmas winds down”

  1. Claudia,
    I love your photographs and the beautiful story about when you were growing up.  You are so right…the thought behind the gift…the love behind the gift…IS the gift!!!! 😀  We are working hard to put that thought into action and not focus so much on the quantity here this year. It was a wonderful Christmas, even though we had several hiccups…LOL…we really enjoyed being together.
    Sorry I haven’t been around in a while…sure have missed you and your beautiful blog!
    Merry Christmas!!!
    Mary Joy

  2. eileen says:

    Lovely post, Claudia!  The photos  are beautiful. I wish you and your family a very healthy and happy New Years.

  3. Mary says:

    Your story was beautiful and a great reminder for all of us. I’m so glad you enjoyed the holiday. Your photos are as lovely as your story. It was good to have you visiting again. Enjoy the remainder of the holiday. Blessings…Mary

  4. Claudie says:

    I always give my boys the life saver books too!! This year they weren’t lifesavers but nerds and other candy, but it’s still a book.
    I will say I was “nice”. I might have been naughty when I was younger, ask my mom lol.
    Love the music your playing, and you.
    Love Claudie

  5. Fifi Flowers says:

    Hope your Christmas was MERRY!  May the New Year bring Joy!  Fifi

  6. ldh says:

    I can envision the kindheartedness of your uncle.  My mom was one of 11 with a mom that died at age 42 leaving the oldest kids to raise the younger ones. (the father was an alcoholic and abusive when around)  My mom was 3rd oldest and the youngest was just 4 when their mother passed away.
    The gift of candy would have been something very special although as children, we oft times didn’t understand the struggles.
    Sending very Happy New Year wishes to YOU!

  7. Just Another Girl's Blog says:

    That story made a few tears well up. . .It wasn’t an ‘uncle gift’ but a book of lifesavers
    was always one of our gifts from Santa!  Hadn’t thought about it in awhile, thanks for the reminder!
    Your photographs are soooo good, and you have a knack for writing, you must have some very dominant
    ‘creative genes’ in your family!!!
    May you have a wonderful New Year. . .
    Good Cheer sent your way!

  8. Dena E says:

    What a touching heartwarming story Sweetie.. I was soooo thrilled to see you’d visited my blog.. I’ve always admired yours.. Just like this one…You have a wonderful way with words and making others feel good about themselves..THANKS..~~~Hugs Dena

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