Life is good…but there are moments when I long to go back; back to a time when life was more simple. A time when my brother & I would be packed in the car, travel 2 hours east to a small town in the Ottawa Valley to visit my grandparents. I was lucky enough to have them for much of my life but I sure do miss them…
When I was a little girl, I can remember going to my grandparents’ home for many Christmas’s…. but I remember one in particular. They lived in the small town of Merrickville; where by the way, there always seemed to be snow for Christmas! That year, we were there for Christmas Eve, along with my aunt, uncle and 3 cousins + another great aunt, so you can imagine the gifts piled under the tree, especially after Santa came! It was a fairly large home with 5 bedrooms upstairs, so a perfect place for all the family to gather. But this particular Christmas, it seemed to be especially full! Full of family bustling around, us kids playing, 2 dogs running around; it just felt right!
After we all had supper that evening, around one large extended table, we heard some singing outside. There were carollers stopped on the road! They were on a decorated trailer towed by a tractor (if I remember right). We even knew some of them – small town;) We all gathered by the front door to see & hear them! When they finished, our family sang We Wish You a Merry Christmas back to them!
Later that evening, my cousin & I were taken to neighbours’/ a friend to my grandparents, to sleep for the night. Turns out 5 bedrooms weren’t going to cut it that year + this lady was all alone Christmas Eve (I believe her family were coming the next day). She made us hot chocolate & served us some of her Christmas baking, then played us some carols on her piano!
She had a large Victorian styled home & she tucked us into one of the many bedrooms upstairs. Once my cousin & I were settled, we took out our gifts to each other that unknown to our parents, we had snuck in our bags;) I don’t remember what the gifts were; just that it was the perfect end to our Christmas Eve.
The next morning, we returned to my grandparents & another aunt, uncle & cousins (+ one more dog) came! We enjoyed the rest of the holiday with all of our family together!
That Christmas has stayed in my memory as one of, if not, my most special childhood Christmas!
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” Laura Ingalls Wilder http://www.robinsweb.com/holiday/christmas/christmas_quotes.html
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