Christmas Memories… ~ by Gabby Angel


We all have them, don’t we? Hopefully more good than bad of those Christmas memories. I have shared more than a few in the last couple weeks. The sharing, that is so easy for me…Maybe I over share sometimes? No, couldn’t happen…Wouldn’t somebody have told me by now?!

Autumn and I were talking about the family and Christmas memories. We wondered if any of you kind readers might by chance want to share a small one of your own? It’s a thought, that’s all I am just  throwing  it out there…It will be entirely up to you.

One of my favorite memories I would love to share involves our family and one special tradition. Autumn has one, too…A very short one, of course. Maybe I should have had her write in a form of a poem. 😉 Let’s first share the twinnie’s Christmas memory…This really is a good one, too. Listening to our Dad  tell Christmas stories and most especially “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. We would have the Christmas tree lights on and everybody got comfy. He and Mom would set together on the couch, and Dad would start reading.

At the beginning Autumn and I would set on either side of them. As more sisters came along, we of course spread out! Mom would sometimes pitch in with a line or so sometimes, it was such fun. It’s one of her most favorites and she asked me to tell this one.

Mine is special and kind of short actually…What a surprise I know! Once we got old enough, one of the Christmas memories I really do treasure is a simple one. Autumn and I once we were 13 or 14 years old got to stay up later on Christmas Eve. We would play a board game with Dad and Mom, monoply or scrabble, some kind of board game. We always got to choose and oh my goodness…It made us feel so grown up!

We all ate a few Christmas cookies and had hot cocoa. After the game was over, we would help Dad and Mom by leaving cookie crumbs on a plate for the younger sisters to find! It was nice seeing them the next morning with their eyes all big, saying “Look Santa left crumbs”! It was a heartwarming thing to see those little sisters be so thrilled. Well, there you have it…Autumn’s Christmas memory and one of my favorites, too.

Now, it’s up to all of you…Care to share one of yours? The twinnies would love to hear! 🙂 🙂

Dad Resorted to Jingle Bells… by Gabby Angel


I don’t mean the song either! This Christmas memory came back to me, and is too funny not to share. It was a Christmas Eve when Autumn and I were almost 14 years old. We didn’t believe in Santa Claus anymore by this time. However, the four younger sisters still did. They were from ages close to 10 to newborn. OK, so newborn baby sister was too young to have the concept of Santa I do need to say.

The other three sisters did, so this Christmas Eve we, along with Mom helped Dad perform some magic. Christmas songs had been sung, The Night Before Christmas was read…But the little sisters were still ignoring their bedtime! For real, the three of them had been tucked in at about 8 to 8:30PM. Not that they were staying put, Autumn and I tried getting them back to bed and had even read some more Christmas stories. One by one those little sisters came back downstairs for the third, then fourth time!

Mom and Dad were getting a bit perplexed to put it mildly. One good thing, the real baby of the youngest sisters slept peacefully on! Dad came up with a really good plan to get them to bed once and for all. He confided his plan to Mom, Autumn and me…It was a good one, too.

We had a set of jingle bells that were very loud, they were part of the decorations in the house. Attached to a long strand of heavy duty ribbon, they went along with a mini type sleigh. Very carefully Dad removed them and went sneaking out the front door. Meanwhile, we all distracted the little sisters in the kitchen…This was going to be good! Mom geared them up telling them they needed to be in bed before they heard the jingle bells from Santa’s sleigh. Well, we didn’t hear any bells, they of course all insisted. Autumn snuck herself out the side door, to tell Dad to let those bells jingle and that the little sisters were primed! Quickly she got back inside, not wanting to miss the looks on their faces. Dad was right outside the back door, by the kitchen…I had snuck over and opened it just a little bit. My goodness, did Dad ever give those jingle bells a good shaking! The little sisters faces? It was priceless, for real…Their eyes got big and they all got a  very surprised look on their faces.

Autumn and I were trying not to laugh and it was hard, too let me tell you. Well, next thing we know all three little sisters all took off racing up the stairs to their beds! Mom had Autumn and I go upstairs to get them all tucked in, so she should get Dad back inside and warmed up. She was going to have her and Dad come upstairs in a short while to kiss them all goodnight. Funny, none of the three had even noticed Dad was missing.

Autumn and I were thrilled over all the whispered “We heard Santa’s sleigh bells” and all the rest…They believed it! Mom and Dad came upstairs, all three were half asleep, yawing widely and happy to share good night kisses and hugs with Mom and Dad. Thankfully, they stayed put and were soundly asleep an hour later when Autumn and I went upstairs to our bedroom.

What a memory, the jingle bells were talked about the next morning and certainly years to come!

Mommy Kissing Santa Claus? ~ by Gabby Angel


Continuing with a few more Christmas memories of Autumn’s and my younger days. We twinnies had been talking about this particular memory. Again, we were laughing so hard it was pitiful.
The song got barred from our house, for real it did! I did tell Autumn that I highly doubted any of our kind readers would be all that interested in this one memory. She is one convincing twinnie, so write this memory I will.
If any finds it weird, please take it up with Autumn! 😉 This is one that involves the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus“.
I always thought it was a rather odd song, so did Autumn. So we just kind of let it all slide, ignoring the song completely. All I can remember was as very young twinnies asking our Dad and Mom about the lyrics. Of course our parents laughed, assuring us Mommy wouldn’t be kissing Santa! Told us not to worry about, it was just a silly song, we twinnies were OK with that explanation.
A few years go by, we have the two younger sisters(Yes, the middle ones) in residence with us now.  As I have revealed in a few other blogs… The now  infamous L. and T. These girls being young heard the song for the first time. Asking Dad and Mom, they got the same answer we twinnies had gotten.  That didn’t quite satisfy either one, it downright bothered T.
Well, needless to say the song becomes a major deal between the two. Autumn and I broke up one of their arguments…L. was teasing T. relentlessly! On L. was going about what if Mommy did kiss Santa Claus? Wouldn’t Dad be kind of upset? How many Mommys  in the world would kiss Santa?  T. argues back about L. being stupid and insists it was only a dumb song cause only Daddy kisses Mommy, so just shut up she added.Things got ugly as they gave each other a little shove, some minor hair pulling, too. Twinnies to the rescue, we each took one off to neutral corners to settle themselves down. They were OK for a day or so…Until L. brings the song up again! That girl just could never give things a rest…Loving to stir up T. and teasing her about “What if Mommy kisses Santa Claus?”
 Autumn and I were sitting with them playing a kid’s card game. Sadly we all had snacks of juice and animal cookies…Look out, a food fight breaks out! Mom and Dad come running into our playroom…L. and T. both wearing juice and animal cookie crumbles. Autumn and I had even gotten splashed… Not a happy sight, chaos in full bloom. All over the ridiculous song! Well, in our house the song got banned to avoid any continued arguments. After the food fight L. and T. stopped the whole song discussion, thankfully.
I do need to ask…anyone still reading by now have any thoughts? Do you like the song, hate the song or remain indifferent? Just curious, I highly doubt anyone had this kind of dispute such as occurred between these two little sisters…Or did you? Do share! Autumn says this is a charming story…Uh huh, the kind readers can decide I say 😉 🙂

A Lump of Coal for You! ~ by Gabby Angel


I remembered this one Christmas season of Autumn’s and my youth. Having to share the memory with her, we both ended up laughing like crazy.

Some of these are the memories of our young days, we twinnies just endlessly laugh about now. At the time, we were kind of surprised at one of our younger sisters. I know, I have written about the two middle sisters more than a few times. I just can’t seem to help myself, those two girls when they were younger! Clashing all the time, bickering, picking on each other and sometimes pulling pranks.

Our family had one week to go until Christmas…Our parents were overjoyed at the pretty good behavior by all of us. Of course Autumn and I were almost 11 years old. The two sisters were 7 and 5&1/2…They are only 18 months apart. Autumn and I seriously did try to keep those two younger sisters in line. Not an easy job either, I must say…The closer we got to Christmas the worse they were getting along!

Decorating Christmas cookies a fight broke out between the two, each ended up covered in icing. L. had dumped pretty sprinkles on T. to sweeten her up. That’s what she said, her exact words…Mom was not impressed, to put it mildly! Next round, Autumn and I were helping them paint Christmas pictures, using water colors. Big mistake, an argument over L. using the red paint when T. wanted to. Instead of sharing, like we were taught…Well, we’ll just say it’s good water colors washed out of clothes!

On it went, so when L. showed me a small box she wanted help in wrapping for T. I was thrilled! I should have been suspious when she wouldn’t let me look inside the box. Claiming it was a nice surprise, I bought into it…After all Christmas was only a day away. They had decided to make peace, L.. was giving T. a little trinket…I am so naive at times!

So, Christmas morning dawns and we all set to unwrapping presents…Yay! L. was acting so nice to T. and smiling finally presented her with the secret gift. Autumn and I exchanged smiles, Mom and Dad did, too. Imagine the looks on our faces…T. unwrapped her gift, a lump of coal! For real, L. had gone to great lengths to search out a lump of coal with one of her friends help. It was the ultimate prank, and one I still remember so well.

Kind of strange, but those two sisters are the best of buddies as they’ve gotten older. Neither seems to remember all their fighting as Mom, Autumn and I do. In asking L. if she remembered the lump of coal present…Go figure, she had a memory lapse!

Who was That Santa? ~ by Gabby Angel


This is a happy, but now mysterious memory…But I feel compelled to write about it. As the title states Who was that Santa? Indeed, and I still haven’t uncovered the answer! Boy oh boy, does that ever bug me. I was chatting and remembering with Autumn about Christmas memories of our youth.

We had a good few laughs over some of them…Mostly involving our four younger sisters. Not to pick on them, honest…They all just had some amusing things about them I need to share. Perhaps I will need to share some of those at another time with the nice people who read our blog.

This one is about the mystery Santa’s real and true identity  who paid us a visit when we were close to six years old. Autumn seriously thought I had the answer, but I didn’t. I just love how that twinnie assumes I can remember things from the past when she can’t! That is the case at times, but this wasn’t one of them.

Anyway, this Santa Claus showed up at our very own home at that young age. Of course Autumn and I were beyond thrilled. It was all very nice, a pleasant surprise and he came bearing gifts! Of course we weren’t shy, so we had a fine chat with Santa assuring him we had been good all year long.;) I know, you are no doubt chuckling now. It’s the line all kids use, I know. Soon he was on his way…He supposedly had other kids to visit. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t we were young twinnies.Autumn and I still believed in Santa Claus, so we were easy to fool.

It wasn’t our Dad, he was with us, Mom and the baby sister who was sleeping. I asked our Mom about the identity of the Santa after Autumn and I had the chat…She says she doesn’t remember! I had to tease her about protecting the fake Santa’s identity as to not disillusion me…By chance I still believed. 😉 So the mystery remains, Dad is now in Heaven so I can’t ask him. The now grown up baby sister was sleeping…She is of no help to solve this one.

Well,  Autumn and I are left pondering this one…The case of “Who was That Santa?” It will have to remain an unsolved mystery I hate to say!

Memories of Christmas Trees… ~by Gabby Angel


Again, I am writing about a Christmas memory. I talked this over with Autumn and we agreed it would be fun for me to write a few more Christmas memories. What is anyone else thinking of the idea? Please do feel free to voice your opinions, you kind readers. We twinnies won’t hold it against you, honest…We firmly believe in speaking the truth. Autumn will still be writing her lovely poetry, so no changes there!

This is a memory of trimming the Christmas tree, a time of during the twinnies younger days. We, as a family always had so much fun trimming or decorating the tree. Our Dad and Mom made a really good time of it, there were a few rules of course.

We all kept them fairly well, too I have to say. This one year in particular is one our Mom had me strolling down Christmas memory lane with. Dad got the tree all set up in the stand, it was a real tree and well over six feet tall. We had Christmas music on the stereo, everyone was singing…Mom was sorting  through the boxes of ornaments with Autumn and I carefully helping. Dad was getting around to checking all the strands of lights…I even remember the song that was playing.

It was “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”…I will always remember that song and connect it with this memory, too! Autumn and I were about 11 years old, that would make the other sisters 71/2, 6, and the baby sister in residence not quite 2 years old. You would have thought she may have been the one who decided to misbehave…Nope. It was the middle sisters L. & T. as they were referred to in a couple other blogs.

Dad had just finished getting all the lights on the tree, those two sisters had been dancing around with their favorite stuffed animal. Dad had already warned them not to get too close to the Christmas tree…Well, L.’s stuffed animal had bumped into T.’s stuffed animal. By mistake? Well, probably not…That is all it took T. gave L. a big old shove, L. shoved back and oops! They had gotten too close to the Christmas tree! So, oh no…The tree started to topple, by some miracle Dad stopped it from falling completely.

 

He righted the tree, L.and T. were now in their little  rocking chairs way on the other side of the room. They were scared into silence by the way, and warned to stay put…They did. Mom and Dad gave them quite a lecture, but didn’t have the heart to send them to their room. Dad decided to secure the tree to the wall, it was in a corner and I’m not sure how he did it but the tree got safely anchored.

That started a new tradition…Every year the tree got safely anchored, Dad was no fool. Anyway, L. and T. still were not speaking to each other, giving one another dirty looks…But the tree trimming got  pretty much nicely, calmy done. With even a lot of fun and it turned out just beautifully…

What a memory. Ever since this year that the Christmas tree almost toppled, I am reminded when I hear that one Christmas song.Yes indeed, never do I hear “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” without flashing back to that event. I still love the song, it just makes me chuckle a tiny bit. 😉 🙂

The Twinnies and the Angel Tree Topper… ~by Gabby Angel


This is a one of those memories you just have, that somehow never goes away. In sharing this one, I hope someone gets a smile. Autumn and  I sure always had a lot to say…It started young and has never gone away.

Our Dad and Mom, so blessed to start out with us twinnies and have four more darling daughters after us. Very brave, our Dad and Mom! If nothing else we got them geared up to deal with anything. Always full of questions, opinions and what if’s…That was Autumn and I.

This memory concerns the Angel Tree Topper that graced our family’s Christmas tree for years. It was quite lovely, as angels go…Our only problem with it? Well, the angel had blond hair! It was fine, until both Autumn and I at almost  6 years old insisted the angel should have dark hair, like us! Asking all kind of questions…Weren’t there dark haired angels? After all all not everyone was blond and what about the red haired angels…Were there any of those around? Did God only make blond haired angels, if so why…It didn’t seem right!

One good thing for our parents sake, little sister was only a bit under 2 years old. Too young to get her on the bandwagon with us twinnies.So, on our non stop questions went … Our Dad was quite helpful, trying to humor us nosy , relentless twinnies.He came up with what he thought would perhaps stop the questions. Yes, he told us…Angels came with all colors of hair, but our Angel happened to arrive with blond hair. She was a special tree topper angel just for our family…She had her own magic. Wow, she was magic…Autumn and I bought into that for a couple weeks. We twinnies were chatting among ourselves, still wishing the angel had dark brown hair, after all that might bring her a bit more magic to our thinking.

We were just so bugged by the whole hair color thing, I know we were some wacky young twinnies, weren’t we? Dad and Mom overheard that little conversation…Well, what do you think we saw by the time Christmas morning dawned? Yes, you may have guessed… Tree Topper Angel had turned into a brunnette! Now that was some heavy duty magic! Autumn and I danced around in delight, clapping our hands and all smiles. All was right in our little world…It was a happy day.

The things parents do for their kids sometimes is touching, giving  and the the loving  things that make some beautiful memories. Most especially appreciated by this set of twins! 🙂