My Christmas Memories

Christmas memory

 

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We are sharing about our Christmas Memories today. It’s funny but my husband and I were just talking about this recently. It’s strange how Christmas has changed over the years as I have moved from my childhood home town and now am in the empty nest stage. This means my family is all far from me. My parents are in Iowa and my daughter is in Oregon. Sometimes I feel we are on opposite ends of the universe. Because of that distance we don’t get to celebrate in the same way as when I was growing up.

I have such fond memories of family and food while growing up in Iowa. My grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins had a grand time at the home of my grandparents every Christmas Eve. We all attended a candlelight church service and then headed to my grandparents home for fun and festivities. We ate lots of Norwegian food. One of our family traditions and favorites was always my grandma’s lefse. My mouth is watering just looking at this picture.

Potato Lefse from Karen's Kitchen Stories

What is it? Well, it looks a little like a flour tortilla but is made with potatoes. Here’s a link to a recipe {and where I got this image}. People eat it different ways. My dad’s family put all their food inside and rolled it up. My mom thought that was crazy because we ate it more along the lines of a dessert. Before serving the flat lefse is spread with butter and sprinkled with sugar before rolling up like the picture. It’s just sweet little goodness! My grandma’s were the best I’ve ever eaten!

No, lefse wasn’t the main dish, although I’m not sure anyone would have complained if it would have been! We typically had delicious Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy. Grandma also supplied homemade buns and everyone else contributed other savy and sweet goodies.

Recently, I blogged about Kringla which is another favorite. You can read about it {here}.

What else sticks out in my memory? Opening gifts after dinner and ALL the dishes were washed and put away. What fun was had in that tiny little kitchen! Sometimes we took a family photo. My uncle had a tripod and we all gathered around smiling at the camera, which wouldn’t go off until we were crying because we laughed so hard! I loved those moments.

My same uncle would put together a slide show with his projector from a family vacation. At that point I was so tired and begged my parents to take me home. I wanted to sleep! I also wanted to get up in the morning and open gifts. I was dying to know what I was getting. My mom NEVER put name tags on gifts so I never knew which ones were mine and thus I was ALWAYS surprised. Amazing? Yes, my mom was {and is} pretty darn amazing!

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What’s Christmas like this year? Well, there might be a surprise involved in it so I’m keeping it under wraps until I know for sure. I’ll be blogging about it though of that I’m truly certain. But I will leave you with this…Dale, me and Santa at our new humble abode. And me eating a cookie prior to the wheat detox!

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Merriest of Christmas to you, dear readers! And I will leave you with these favorites. O Holy Night sung by John Berry and the Christmas story.

The Birth of Jesus Christ ~ Luke 2:1-20

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.[c]

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[d]

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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  • I can taste lefse and can't think of where I would have had it. Weird. I love hearing about your Christmasses past!
    • Thank you, friend! Always sweet memories from childhood...love to recall the joy!
  • Such beautiful Christmas memories! I don't think my hubby has ever made Lefse - I'll have to ask him.
    • I would love to know if he likes it or not. :)
  • I love your Christmas memories. That Lefse, I need that in my life...
    • You do! It's addictive.
  • Living on Cloud Nine
    Love love love this beautiful lady! You and Dale and Santa look adorable as can be and super festive! I hope you have a Merry Monday gorgeous lady!
    • Thank you, sweetheart!
  • YUM! My favorite kind of crepe is simple with butter and sugar...so that is the kind of lefse that sounds good to me! And I love that you finished with the Christmas story. The reason for the season!
    • I think you would love it!
  • I cherish a lot of memories growing up, too - sometimes I wish I could go back to those days with a big family and parties. Your mom is amazing to not use name tags. I wish you a very Merry Christmas this year! Lisa Daily Style Finds
    • Thank you, sweet Lisa! Adulting isn't always what it's cracked up to be. :)