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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday ~ Christmas Past

Before I share my Christmas Thankful post with you, I would like to ask you to reflect on this past year for next weeks Thankful Thursday. What or who had the most impact on you in 2008? I would love to read your thoughts on 2008 and what it has brought/meant to you…

“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
~ Luke 2:13-14 (ESV)

Oh, I so love Christmas. How about you? I had asked you last week if you are willing to go down memory lane for this week’s Thankful Thursday post. Do you have some precious memories of Christmas past from your childhood? If not, that is okay…

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I like to remember my childhood Christmases. They were filled with traditions, family time and remembering the true meaning of Christmas. Let me share a little about my childhood Christmases…

The weeks leading up to Christmas were filled with Sunday night gatherings around the Advent wreath. My dad would play his little home organ, my sister would play the guitar, and my mom’s voice would fill the air with her wonderful voice. My favorite song her singing was ‘Holy Night’.

On Christmas Eve morning my dad would ‘hunt down’ the best live Christmas tree his money could by. They were not majestic trees, but they always smelled good – just like a forest :) . My favorite part of the tree were the wax-candles and the angel. When we were older, my sister and I took turns to place the angel on top – what a special treat :)

After we decorated the tree, we all took a little afternoon nap (most of the time my sister and I didn’t sleep because of the excitement building :lol: ). The supper on Christmas Eve was preceded by the Children’s Christmas service at 6pm.

Upon our return from church, we had a little supper that consisted of potato salad and Wiener Wuerstchen. My mom changed that over the years to fondue. I think as we got older, we rather had the family gathering than the gift giving. Yes, we opened our gifts on Christmas Eve. We didn’t hear a “HoHoHo”, but the soft sounding of a silver bell. My mom told us that the silver bell announced the arrival of the Christ child…

Yes, the memories of my childhood Christmases still warm my heart to this day. I am thankful that my parents taught us that Christmas is about Christ. The greatest gift ever known to mankind.

Thank you for stopping by today. Remember: Christmas is not only once a year, but 365 days a year if you have received His freely given gift – the Christ Child.

Merry Christmas – Glory to God in the Highest…

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Thankful Thursday Participants

1. Angela
2. Willnette
3. BP
4. micey
5. Jennifer @ Through The Storms of Life
6. Rita
7. Lynn (Spiritually Unequal Marriage)
8. Denise
9. Michele
10. Marsha
11. Alicia @ More Than Words
12. Linda
13. Melissa Multitaskingmama
14. grammy
15. Speaking from the Heart
16. Liza\’s Eyeview
17. saleslady371
18. Debbie ~ Heart Choices
19. Peggy
20. lambofHisflock
21. Tammy ~@~
22. Mary
23. Bonnie
24. cheryl
25. Tes (My Bags)
26. Amanda
27. Blessed Mama 2
28. BERNICE

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19 Responses to “Thankful Thursday ~ Christmas Past”

  1. Angela says:

    We had many traditions in my family for Christmas, but my favorite ones involved the family gathering altogether. When I became a mother and had a family of my own, we started the tradition of a Happy Birthday Jesus cake… one which my boys still enjoy today.

    Angela’s last blog post..Thankful Thursday – Christmas edition

  2. Willnette says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful Christmas memories. Have a joyous and Christ filled Christmas.

    Willnette’s last blog post..Celebration

  3. thanks for the reminders and for sharing your memories. Christmas for us Christians should be with us all year long every day.
    Christ could return at any time so we need to keep sharing the good news!

  4. Denise says:

    I enjoyed your sweet Christmas memories my friend.

    Denise’s last blog post..Word Filled Wednesday

  5. Rita says:

    I can’t tell you how much your post blessed me tonight. Thank you SO much!

    Rita’s last blog post..Thankful Thursday – Dec. 25

  6. micey says:

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Lyndy says:

    What a sweet memory. Thank you for sharing part of your past with us.

    Praying you and your family have a glorious and blessed holiday.

    Merry Christmas!

    Hugs, Lyndy

    Lyndy’s last blog post..The REAL Reason for the Season

  8. Lynn says:

    Iris,

    Precious, precious sweet memories… These are treasures and I am so glad you shared them with me. I love you so very much. Merry Christmas.

    He is born…. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Our Redeemer. Amen

  9. Tammy ~@~ says:

    Back when I was coming into my teen years, my mom began the fondue supper tradition on Christmas Eve. It has been a tradition I have continued with my own family through the years and we all absolutely love it! It is such a relaxing slow meal which allows for much fellowshipping around the table. We do a repeat on New Year’s Eve and it seems those are the only two time the fondue pots come out all year long!

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

    Tammy ~@~’s last blog post..it’s the eve

  10. Merry Christmas, Iris.

    Speaking from the Heart’s last blog post..A Remembrance of Aunt Frances: Walking Her Home

  11. Marsha says:

    What a Godly heritage you have! Thanks for this glimpse into your Christmas past.

    Have a blessed Christmas, my friend.

    Marsha’s last blog post..Thankful Thursday ~ Merry Christmas!

  12. Grammy says:

    Merry Christmas.

    Grammy’s last blog post..Happy Holidays to all.

  13. saleslady371 says:

    What a beautiful heritage you have. Merry Christmas!

    saleslady371’s last blog post..Thankful Thursday ~ Christmas Past

  14. Debbie says:

    What better day to be thankful than Christmas Day! Merry Christmas to you Iris and may you and your family be blessed.

    Debbie’s last blog post..Who Is Santa Claus?

  15. Mary says:

    Merry Christmas!! Love and blessings, Mary

    Mary’s last blog post..Thankful Thursday

  16. Bonnie says:

    The memories that flood my mind when I think of Christmas past are so wonderful and glorious. It is hard “pulling them out” this year – our family isn’t together as it normally is and a lot of those we spent Christmas with when I was a child are no longer with us. However…new memories, new traditions get formed every year and I think that, for me, is the most fun. To see our family change as we grow… What an amazing time! Thank you for sharing your memories, I love the idea of the silver bell. Have a blessed Christmas!

    Bonnie’s last blog post..For unto us is born…

  17. Tess says:

    Thanks for sharing your memories about christmas and all. That was so neat, very encouraging. It always lift my spirit to read beautiful stories about christmas and family.

    Tess’s last blog post..Thankful Thursday

  18. Amanda says:

    Merry Christmas to All! I’m looking forward to reading more TT!

    Amanda’s last blog post..I Was Just Thinking…

  19. Laurel says:

    Merry Christmas my friend, so glad you shared this special memory. Hope you have had a great day today. Hugs.

    Laurel’s last blog post..Hopefully I am Raising My Boys Better Than my Cat

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