Everyone loves Christmas especially children when Santa delivers presents overnight and the magic of Christmas Day fills the house with laughter and happiness.
As adults it is nice to remember the days when we too as children enjoyed the warmth of family all gathered around a huge dining table without an inch to spare between us. Food was plentiful, bon-bons [crackers to you poms], paper chains hanging across the ceiling, Christmas tree decked out with lights, baubles, streamers, and much more. In the background, if it can be heard, carols are sung from voices emerging from the gramophone [CD players or MP3s today].
My memory as I’m writing this reminds me of such banquets which my maternal grandmother would host. With my siblings, parents, uncles and aunts, cousins and numerous friends it amazed me how we all crammed into her dining room around her table. Being of Mediterranean background [those like me will know this to be true] the noise of everyone speaking [or should I say shouting] all at once must have been deafening to anyone walking passed in the street.
I would have those days again though as most of all those happy people are no longer with us. Of mum’s generation, only mum remains [may she remain with us for many more long years]; and of my cousins – three out of five are still with us. And of course my two sisters are always here to check up on me from across the miles.
But I would turn the clock back even further for a moment and share with you three happy snaps from my Christmas back in 1953:
The nativity scene was all hand-made by dad and we [my elder sister and me] were so proud of it.
As I said in my heading: Christmas is a time for children – even though mine [Brad] is now fully grown up [although still a big kid at 31] you can be sure we will be having a jovial time, sharing gifts, good food, and a few drinks to celebrate.
Once upon a time I wrote a few children’s stories for Brad when he was little. In 2012 I e-published three of my favourites in a compendium and called it To Tell Three Tales on Smashwords.
Today I am giving the book away to all kids. If you click on the following link it will take you to the correct page:
The offer is running until 31st December 2014 so please take advantage of this and tell your friends to grab a copy.
When you log on to Smashwords you will need to enter the coupon code: ME54Z to get the book for free.
Finally let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.
RLB – Tomewriter