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As a small child most of my family gathered to celebrate Christmas at my grandparents place. They lived in a flat at the third floor; my aunt, uncle and cousin lived right below them in another flat, and around the corner in the same block lived yet another aunt and uncle.

All this family get-together was so very cozy for a child. I lived with my parents some distance away, and as we didn't have a car, we had to use our legs. In the summer we cycled, and in the winter we walked. Christmas Eve we put all the Christmas presents in several bags and wrapped ourselves in warm clothes, and then we trudged off in the high snow (at that time it was always snowing at Christmas of course ...happy).

I was filled with anticipation for the upcoming evening. I was looking forward to the gifts, and I loved all the family fun I grew up with. When we approached my grandparents building, I could see the lighted candles in the windows, and they shone so warmly and welcoming in the dark.

My grandparents had only two rooms, but where there is a will, there is a way, even if we always were 12-14 people at Christmas. Everyone was seated around the dining table, which was extended to a degree where it almost filled the whole room, and then we had the traditional dinner of roast pork and rice pudding with a small gift for the lucky one, who found the hidden almond.

The only two children - me and my cousin - were seated in the couch after dinner and given a little goodie bag, before the gifts were handed out. That was probably a wise way of distraction, and we loved our goody bags. We were not used to sweets at the time, so it was something special.

Everyone had several gifts, and afterwards we played picture lottery or bingo. And eventually all the adults were offered a good night drink ... but at that time I had usually fallen asleep on the couch...

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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Dec 27, 2012
    • Great memories!
      We would all gather at my Grandmothers little two bedroom home. She had 12 children and they were all mostly already married with children. We would sleep under the dining room table or any where we could lay our heads.
      I also remember going to church as a child and getting a Fruit Bag. My uncle always passed them out to the children of the Church....great memories



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      Mia Folkmann wrote Dec 27, 2012
    • My Grandmother also had 12 children, so it was a big, happy family. Oh yes, I remember the Fruit Bags; we had them also. Thanks for sharing your memories... heart



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