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Christmas stories

My friend, Melissa, is posting Christmas stories over at her blog this week. And I’ve had so much fun reading them! It made me remember a few stories of my own. I would love to read your Christmas stories, too! Feel free to share them here or leave your blog address in the comments section.

favorite childhood Christmas memory: When we were little girls, my sister and I would spend hours putting together a train set that ran around the base of our Christmas tree. All of our Lego’s would be puddled around the tree where we would build train stations and arches for the train to pass through. We would adjust the speed of the train so that it would zoom around the tree, causing Lego buildings to tumble which would usually send the train skidding off the track with tiny sparks flying.
We had a collection of Christmas movies that we loved to watch over and over. Our favorite was a collection of clay-mation animals singing Christmas songs.
Daddy would get a fire roaring in the fireplace and we would huddle around the tree watching movies and building Lego sets. Then on Christmas Eve we would gather around the fire in the living room and Daddy would read us the Christmas story from Luke.

favorite teen aged Christmas memory: Our church, back in the day, put on a huge dramatic production called The Singing Tree. The adult choir filled out a huge Christmas tree with all sorts of lights on it. And each year there was a new drama production to go along with the singing. The story changed each year but it always included the same nativity story. And there were lots of parts for teen aged girls! I remember dressing up as all sorts of roles and racing around back stage to get my costume changed before the next scene. Mary Kay was a huge seller in our church so the make-up room was full of Mary Kay samples that were brought in by the ladies. I remember trying on lipsticks and eye-shadows between shows. Usually we performed between 6 and 8 shows per weekend, two weekends in a row. And the tickets, which were released at the end of October would be sold out in a couple of days.

favorite adult Christmas memory: For the past few years, my favorite part of Christmas has been hosting our annual Christmas party. I love making yummy foods and setting out the Christmas serving trays. All of our guests bring gifts to swap. Gifts have ranged from steam-cookers, to toilet seat covers, to singing stuffed reindeer and everywhere in between. Then, after the gift swap, we play round after round of Mafia. So much fun! I’m almost always the first person to be killed. Sadly we weren’t able to host the party this year. Maybe next year!

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