Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blow Swap Christmas style

Riding the Roller Coaster
Its Christmas time and Wife on a Roller Coaster is hosting a blog swap! Today I'm over at Goodnight Moon's blog rambling there and Julie from  Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life  is here. 

Julie is sweet as can be,  she's a mama to three little boys, photographer, coffee drinker, blogger & Independent Scentsy Consultant, which by the way is awesome!  Enjoy her post and don't forget to come find me!

Christmas of 1986

I am not sure why I remember this Christmas so well.  

Maybe it was because my uncle brought his video camera and taped it and it was the first time I had ever seen a video of our family.  Maybe it was because it was such a special time.  I am not sure.  But the Christmas of 1986 really sticks out in my mind.  

I was almost eight years old and this year my Grandparents came into town from Arizona and my Aunt and Uncle came in from Colorado.  For Christmas Eve I remember going to church, coming home and having some sandwiches and then opening one gift.  I can't quite remember the gift, just that we got to open one before bed that night.  

The next morning we woke up and had a wonderful Christmas with family.  We always took turns with gifts.  You had to wait until each person opened a gift before it was your turn again.  
My Grandpa thought he was funny for going extra slow when it was his time to open a present.  The only gifts I remember about that year were a magic set for me and a basketball hoop for my brother.  After all the gifts had been opened we all went outside to watch my magic show.  

You see in other parts of the country you might go outside to build a snowman.  In CA you go outside to enjoy the weather. 

I still remember sitting on the grass and putting on a show for my family.  Then my brother and I played with the basketball hoop.  

I remember eating Christmas dinner, going on a walk with everyone and even my Aunt making a mix of 7up and Cranberry juice. 

We don't have Christmases like this anymore.  In 1993 my Grandpa passed away and about the same time my Grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.  After that things were just different.  

Every time I think back to a happy Christmas memory I remember the Christmas of 1986 and all the memories I have of that time with my family.

Thanks to Julie for swapping with me! 


  1. Sounds like a lovely Christmas and a definite memory to cherish.

  2. Great memories!

    *visiting the Milspouse Holiday Blog Swap posts!*

  3. I do miss Christmases of my youth but I'm hoping to finally look forward to them again since I actually get to spend this one with Huzzy.

    I hope our future children will look back and long for Christmases of THEIR youth, too!

  4. Julie, I am so glad you have such vivid memories of that Christmas with your family. I think we can count ourselves lucky if we can look back and recall a handful of shining, perfect moments like that in our lifetime.

  5. Found you through A Little Pink in a World of Camo! Love your work!


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