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Contest Contribution: “Christmas Memory with Mother”

My own "Christmas Elf," Elena Grace, 2006

This little-bit is in response to fellow blogger, Things I Want to Tell My Mother, who posted a contest (challenge?) to share a Christmas memory of your mother in just 100 words…  Check out her post and jump in with YOURS–you have till December 5 to contribute.  So, 100 words exactly:

Some Christmas memories of my mother are only of my mother in retrospect—I didn’t realize at the time that the Christmas magician WAS my mother.  Santa Claus visited our house twice every Christmas Eve… Once while we performed in the church play, filling stockings and leaving a hand-written letter… A second time while we slept, leaving gifts under the tree, finishing the peanuts & beer we left out (Mommy said he’d be tired of milk & cookies), and turning his reindeer loose on our front porch, where they left hoof-prints in the snow around our water-dish-and-carrot offerings. Chapeau, Ma!


I am... a writer, an explorer, a coffee-drinker, a recovering addict, a barefoot linguist, a book-dragon ("bookworm" doesn't cover it), a raconteur, a sailboat skipper, a research diver, a tattooed scholar, a pirate, a poet, a spiritual adventurer, a photographer, a few kinds-of-crazy, a joyful wife, a mom... a list-maker! :)

18 thoughts on “Contest Contribution: “Christmas Memory with Mother”

  1. Lvoe this and what a sweet memory. It has inspried me to write about my holiday memories with my parents as well. Thanks for sharing. :)


  2. This reminded me so much of my mother, Kana…except for the beer. As a Brethren lady, she would have offered Santa hot chocolate, tea, coffee or apple juice, but she kept nothing alcoholic in the house. Poor Santa.

    Your wonderful memory has been entered in the contest.


    1. Well the next generation of Santa (ME) is a Recovering alcoholic, so beer wouldn’t be a good idea in our household either. ;)


  3. Loved the Christmas memory. Congratulations on your sobriety. I am well aware of the struggles with the disease. My daughter just received her 6 month chip.


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