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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

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Visions of Christmas of Times Gone By. When I think of Christmas my thoughts invariably venture back to my childhood in the 1950's.  

One of my Visions of Christmas takes me back to one Christmas Eve when my brother and I trudged through the snow to sing Christmas carols in ou local church choir. I can always remember the magical atmosphere that enveloped us as we merrily sang 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' and other favourites.


On this particular Christmas when the carol service had finished our dad was waiting at the church door to escort us home because it was snowing heavily, We arrived home to a welcoming  mug of  hot chocolate and delicious warm mince pies, which our elder sister Norma made. (Sadly Norma died at the end of December 2015).

 Then, it was off to bed to sleep and perhaps, dream of the gifts we hoped Father Christmas would bring us.

Visions of Christmas Day brings my brother, me and big sis Norma, sitting in front of a roaring log fire opening our presents, whilst our dear Mama and Aunt May busied themselves in the kitchen preparing the dinner.



Delicious Roast Turkey with all the trimmings for dinner served at 1pm prompt! (That's if Mama and Aunt May hadn't demolished the sherry bottle, there was a lot of laughter emanating from the kitchen)..


 I can Visualize this particular day quite clearly because we both received roller skates and of course couldn't try them out because of the heavy snow, perhaps we should have asked for ice skates!


Vision of my brother and I skating on our roller skates. We had to wait a while before we used them as it was a long snowy winter and indoor roller rinks didn't arrive in our town until the 60's.

I hope you enjoyed my childhood 'VISIONS' !

Thanks to Denise who initially had the VISION to create ABCW and to Roger our Valourous administrator together with Leslie his well Versed assistant.
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30 comments:

  1. What a wonderful and adoring entry and choice for letter of course also.. you recall memories of past christmas-es in my head too ;-)
    Somewhat later that is, being born in 62 but still, a lot look alike.

    Have a nice ABC-day / – Week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/a-b-c-wednesday-19-v/

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    1. Glad you like it Melody...Christmas can be a bitter?sweet time for me as both my parents died around December but moving on we've had so much fun with out ever growing family.
      Best regards.
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  2. I certainly did enjoy reading about your visions of Christmas past. We all got ice skates one year and I can recall going to the rink and almost falling down! And we had roast turkey with all the trimmings, too, just like you! Must have been our British heritage as it's sounds so much like my visions of Christmas past.

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    1. Thanks Leslie,
      It is a sentimental time for most, Glad to hear you followed the British traditions, but then most Canadians are more British than the British (If that makes sense)? Apart from them thar Quebecans!
      Vive l'Angleterre!
      Love Di.
      Abcw team.

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  3. Fun memories...I do love Visions of the Past.
    I bet it was hard to wait until you could use those roller skates.

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    1. Thanks for the kind comments,
      We did indeed wait, for what seemed like an age and mad for the snow to clear but we made do with skating up and down the hall, which drove our mother mad, particularly when our dog joined in !
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      Abcw team.

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  4. Thank you for the lovely warm, cosy post
    We felt, at least I , very welcome at your Christmasparty. It is a bit like our Sint Nicolaas party on the 5th of December.

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    1. Hello Wil,
      I do like your comment of my post being warm and cosy just what i intended I would like to learn more about you St Nicholas celebration if you get the opportunity to write about it ?
      best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  5. It seems the older you get the more you remember those childhood Christmases and all the traditions and wonderment that went with them!

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    1. Hello Hildred,
      your words are oh so true we didn't have anything like our
      grandchildren do, we only had that one coal fire to heat the houseand maybe a couple of pink paraffin heaters, no central heating but we were always warm and happy and well fed !

      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  6. It does build powerful memories,yours seem so familiar, family and xmas a great combination.

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    1. Hi Thud,
      so good to hear from you again yes, family and Christmas does say everything. I bet there's a lot of excitement in your home right now. I always told the elder ones if they told the little one that there was no such thing as Santa they probably wouldn't get any presents !
      If we don't speak before, I wish you and your dear Lady Thud and the little Thudlets a very Merry Christmas,
      Best wishes from,
      Di xxx.

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  7. Very delightful visions of Christmas.

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    1. Rajesh,
      Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments,
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      Abcw team.

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  8. Love it all, especially the turkey!
    ROG, ABCW

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    1. Me too Roger,
      I just love Turkey and rather enjoy the darker meat,
      it has so much flavour....Yummy..
      good to hear from you,
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      Abcw team. xx

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  9. Visions of Christmas is the flavour of the season:)
    A truly delightful post, Di!

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    1. Thank you Amit for your kind comments,
      Christmas brings so much joy so why not share it,
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      Abcw team.

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  10. I liked your fun visions expressed so beautifully.

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    1. Hello Uppal,
      your kind words mean a lot.
      We still try and make Christmas a lot of
      fun for our family big ones and most of all
      the little ones,
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      Abcw team.

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  11. You skating up and down the hall is so funny, I can imagine the noise and the dog barking with excitement. I always remember the candlelit carol service which as a child I found magical.
    Thanks for you comment on my blog I'll have to have a look at the initials on the stone next time I'm up there (the bracken, although brown, is still a pain at the moment). I think the Peace Pledge Union were putting together a list and collecting names of the objectors so that would be a good place to start for you I think.

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    1. Hi Joy,
      We had rather a long hall and it had red cardinal tiles which our dear Mama used to polish once a monthe with Red Cardinal floor polish,
      we did have a hall runner which Clive and I would roll up when Mama wasn;t around, Unfortunately the ruber wheels of our skates made tram line marks on the floor...Therefore nobody more than Mama was more than delighted when the snow melted and then off we would sally up and down the road on our skates ,,, of course with Crick the sheepdog in close pursuit!
      I haven't got very far with my research, will try again later.
      Thanks for the information xx
      Best regards,
      Di.
      Abcw team.

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  12. Oh I love childhoon visions of Christmas, I remember one year when I was about 8, my Dad got up ontop on our house and was jingling Christmas bells. I just knew Santa had arrived.
    Ann

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    1. Hi Ann,
      It warms my heart when I think of the warmth and love in our modest family home, my parents weren't very wealthy but made the best of everything within their grasp, We used to have jingly bells (elder sister Norma outside of the house) such fun!
      Thanks for dropping by always good to hear from you,
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  13. Hi Di! I enjoyed your visions of Christmas past. You and your brother must've been very cute the first day you skated outside on your new roller skates. I imagine the joyful cheer.
    Hugs with holiday love,
    Susie

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    1. Hi Susie, so glad that you enjoyed my 'Visions' I know it's a sign of age when you start going back but it really makes me happy when I think of the fun we had, so why not share that joy?
      I'm feeling rather Christmassy it almost looks like snow outside...
      Hope all is good with you and the husband and Miss Molly
      Cat,
      love Di,
      abcw team.

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  14. Interesting vision of Christmas :-)

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    1. Hi there PGG,
      Thanks for stopping by and reading my 'Interesting vision of Christmas'. Christmas is a very special time to most, even some non Christian people celebrate it.
      best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  15. Beautiful visions! I wish you beautiful Christmas too!

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  16. Trubes, a friend of mine has just restored the Blacklers giant father Christmas for the museum, he did a great job as it is an icon for a couple of generations of scousers.

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I usually like to reply to your comments but for some reason when i do post a reply it just diappears, any advice would be most welcome,Thanks Di x

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