Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Past

One of my favorite memories of Christmases past is gathering at Grancy's and Poosie's to exchange gifts with my grandparents, twelve aunts and uncles and twenty-one cousins.

After celebrating Christmas morning with our immediate families, we would all meet in Grancy's and Poosie's living room around a huge Christmas tree that we had decorated one Sunday afternoon earlier in December.  The tree was of the cedar variety that we had carefully selected from south Arkansas woods.

Aunt Mary always passed out the gifts as we all waited anxiously to see what Grancy and Poosie had picked out for us and what we had gotten from the cousin who drew our name.  And while those special moments are forever preserved in black and white, the memories are colorful ones of a brightly lit Christmas tree, cheerful packages, and  glowing faces of innocent childhood.

Christmas at Grancy and Poosies

bijw9y Now be sure to head over to Beverly's at How Sweet the Sound, where we're all sharing favorite Christmas memories.  Beverly has graciously allowed us to deviate from the normal PINK theme for the next few weeks as we celebrate the holiday season.

14 comments:

texasdaisey said...

What a sweet Christmas memory. I love the picture especially. I wish my extended family still gathered like that. Not sure why we stopped. Those were the days. I am having a giveaway over at my gloryfeathers blog. Be sure to stop by.
Debbie

Joyce said...

What a great photograph...I love it!

GWENDOLYN said...

21 cousins!! That must have been great fun! Pink Blessings!
Gwen

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi nice to meet you. What a sweet Christmas memory of your family. Wish I had a big one.

Debbie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Kathy, what a sweet memory! I love that pic of your family. That had to be fun with that many cousins!!! I think big families are the best!

Happy Pink Saturday to you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Large Christmas gathering are one of my fondest memories of Christmas past. I miss the gathering with the older folks and the extended family.

Just Breathe said...

That is so sweet. I just love the memories of days gone by along with the pictures in B&W.

Claudia said...

We used to gather like that on Christmas Eve with the cousins. Those are great memories. Thanks so much for sharing yours with us!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Jeanette said...

What great memories. I loved it when everyone used to get together. What a great picture!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Mary said...

What a wonderful photo and such sweet memories of childhood Christmas. Thank you for sharing them with us. Have a terrific day.

Mollye said...

Thanks for sharing your special memories and what I love most is reading what we all called our grandparents. Precious isn't it. Mollye

someplace in thyme said...

Oh Kathy, what a perfect family. I bet you had so much fun when you all got together, you can almost feel the excitement in the room. Your story was very sweet, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Beverly said...

Kathy, how lucky you were to be able to spend time with your family. This picture is priceless. Which one is you?

Happy Pink Saturday.

Sarah said...

Sweet Christmas memory. This makes me want to dig through my stack of old photos to see if we have any family Christmas photos. ~ Sarah