When I think back to the Christmas vacations of my childhood, a flood of wonderful memories over take me. I remember one grandmother had a white fake Christmas tree with white lights. We had a ton of people around to celebrate Christmas because my mother’s family was huge but there was always plenty of food. I was surrounded by aunts, uncles, and tons of cousins.
This was so different than Christmas at my other grandmother’s home. The tree was always natural and old fashioned colored lights and my favorite- bubble lights. It was a much smaller gathering which usually occurred on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve at Grandma’s always meant Soup and Chilli for Christmas Eve Dinner.
Christmas was always an exciting time no matter where we were. My parents never had much money but made Christmas special for us. Many of my friends got the KOOL new toys. We never got those for a few years but that didn’t matter to us. We were loved.
A big part of Christmas was spent watching sports. The guys in my family were always watching the football or basketball game. That is where I fell in love with the Dallas Cowboys. They always had a game on around Christmas in the 70s. I loved Roger Staubach and the touchdown celebrations from his receivers. Even as a young boy, I became obsessed with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. For my family, sports and the holidays always went hand in hand.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.