WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANT TO ME, WHEN I WAS LITTLE
The whole week my Mom was busy
for the big day.
Cleaning the house from top to
bottom dusting every corner....
Baking cookies, those delicious
stuffed with walnuts, dripping with
syrup that she had piled up on the
platter, also getting ready the best
linens and china for the table,
hanging up the good curtains on
the clean windows.
My father was ordered around
going to the stores to buy all the
necessities for the special dinner.
Traditional things, whose smells told
everyone it was Christmas time.
Chestnuts for stuffing and roasting,
pine-nuts for stuffing, tangerines
whose smell I still remember, other
fruits and nuts. They were all
special for the Christmas day.
My brothers(I had three) kept pace
with their chores, putting away
all their stuff that was laying around
the house throughout the year.
Their good suits and shirts
were all ready for days ahead,
along with their brand new pair
I was not given any chores to do,
but kept under their feet, enjoying
every minute of this hustle and bustle,
I also got new of everything.
Dress, shoes, a new coat on account
I was growing up fast and it was
an opportunity for my Mom to
replace my old good clothes with
new ones that she bought last week.
My whole family kept busy, no one
could find an excuse to skip their
chores, because we were all looking
forward to Christmas Day.
So, with my Mom at the head the
whole family did everything she asked
and more. All had to be perfect without
forgetting anything that would have
ruined Christmas day.
Those days, our tradition was to go
around with our friends as a group to
our relatives' and friends' houses,
knock on their door and ask the person
who answered if we had permission
to sing the Christmas song, If the
person said yes, we sang the
Christmas song wished them Happy
Christmas day and got the traditional
tip, that was cookies they had baked
or some money.
At the end of the day, the cookies
and money was divided among the
group and all came home to take a
nap, so when we went to the church
for the midnight mass we could stand
on our feet and not feel sleepy. That
was our activity, the Day before Christmas.
Christmas day, we got up early with
anticipation of wearing all of our
brand new outfits and went out to
friends and relatives to show off
the new stuff we got and of course
brag that ours was the best.
Then at launch we all gathered around
the decorated table with the goodies
and enjoyed the delicious dinner
my Mom and Dad put together for us.
This is what CHRISTMAS meant to
me when, I was little...Ellie
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