Festive Season Over 50s Lifestyle

Memories of Christmas from my childhood

December 11, 2017
Christmas memories

Christmas memories

Last week I wrote about My 5 Festive Traditions and also asked some blogging friends ‘What does the Festive Season Mean to You?’

My festive traditions were all about my current life but then I started to think about Christmas as a child and what our family traditions were then.

Preparing for Christmas

I can remember making the Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding with my Mum.  We would make them about a month before Christmas and I can clearly remember the ceramic mixing bowl.  Mum would ask us all to stir the pudding for ‘good luck’ and it was at a time when coins were added to be found on Christmas Day when our pudding was served.  Mum made traditional recipes including brandy which I thought was very sophisticated as no-one in our household drank alcohol. I can remember her boiling the pudding in a cloth and hanging it up to dry.  I’ve never tasted a better pudding than the one Mum made.

Pudding and cake completed, it was time to put up the Tree and write and post the Christmas Cards.  I still send a few cards but these days it appears technology has taken over.  Good idea or Not?  I think I’m a bit of a traditionalist at heart.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day was a family affair and as we lived with my Aunt & Uncle who had no children we were pretty spoilt with gifts.

Fun and excitement on Christmas morning as my sister and I found our Santa pillow cases at the bottom of the bed filled with little goodies, with main gifts under the tree. My brother was 7 years older than me so didn’t ‘carry on’ like his younger sisters.

Then it was off to church for the Christmas service before coming home to  a traditional roast turkey and ham lunch.  I don’t know how Mum survived the heat in the kitchen as Christmas in Australia is in Summer!  But Christmas wouldn’t be the same without that menu. We would sit around waiting for lunch and I remember Dad and I would ‘fight’ over the mixed nuts for the cashews. Funny how little things bring back fond memories.

I remember one year it was raining and Mum and Dad had given us tricycles.  No riding outside so my sister and I spent the morning riding up and down the hall.  I can also remember another gift of a tape recorder with a message from ‘Santa’ (who I recognised as Dad’s voice) and Mum and Dad recording them singing ‘White Christmas’.  I always shed a tear when I hear that song played.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day and it was off to a family get together at my Uncle’s, Mum’s brother.  Her other brother and his family came and over the years the family grew.  My main memories of Boxing Day are playing cricket in the backyard after a huge lunch, lots of fun and laughter.

Santa Photos

Christmas was also a time for a photo with Santa and I came across this one earlier this year when we were planning my 60th birthday celebrations.  Look at the outfit with black patent leather shoes and the handbag, although my face suggests maybe I’m not that keen!

Christmas Memories

I’ve not had my Mum and Dad for over 30 years but I still remember them and our family Christmas traditions still today.  I send them my love and a toast each year because even though they aren’t with me physically they will always be with me.

What are your memories of Christmas as a child?  Leave me your thoughts in the comments I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Reply Lydia C. Lee December 11, 2017 at 05:55

    Love the Santa photo!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2017 at 09:14

      I look pretty chic don’t I LOL:) Have a lovely day Lydia x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes December 11, 2017 at 06:27

    I loved reading about your childhood Christmas traditions. And thet photo! One of my favorite childhood memories is going out to select a Christmas tree–the cold and the delicious smell of pine trees. We would all decorate the tree together, taking turns putting an ornament on wherever we chose. The tinsel, though, that was all my Mom, and she would put each piece up one by one. Christmas Eve, us kids would perform a Christmas play that was written and directed (very strictly I might add) by my oldest sister. Such fun memories. Thanks for triggering that little walk down memory lane.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2017 at 09:13

      Isn’t it lovely thinking back to our childhood memories, Christie? I can actually smell the pine tree as you write and what a lovely tradition of decorating the tree together plus the Christmas play would have been perfect! Have a beautiful day, Christie and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Jo Tracey December 11, 2017 at 06:33

    As a child we lived in country NSW and used to take it year about to spend Christmas with either Dad’s parent’s in Tumbarumba (near the Vic border) or Mum’s parent’s in Sydney. To this day I have no idea how Mum packed presents for all 4 of us in the car without us seeing. So Christmas was always about a roadtrip.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2017 at 09:12

      Oh yes trying to hide the gifts that would have been a mission! My parents never drove so we didn’t go away at Christmas. I’m loving reading everyone’s response to my post and their childhood memories. Have a beautiful day, Jo. xx

    • Reply Debbie Harris December 11, 2017 at 09:14

      I love seeing Tumbarumba in relies Jo, as it’s usually only me that ever writes it!! I’m so glad you have good memories of the place.

      • Reply Jo Tracey December 11, 2017 at 10:24

        I have very fond memories of Tumba. I haven’t been back since Grandma’s funeral, so really need to do so. I can still picture the old place in Winton St & my uncles are in King St & my cousin is the hairdresser.

  • Reply Ness December 11, 2017 at 08:27

    What beautiful memories. And such a cute photo! We always had the cold christmas lunch because my mum refused to cook a roast in summer. I remember when I was around four or so I got one of those ‘Baby Chrissie’ dolls with the hair that pulled out and I dragged it by the hair out into the yard. My mum wasn’t impressed because she’d had to pay it off on lay by. Those were the days!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2017 at 09:09

      Oh goodness Ness such lovely memories. I remember when we had to ‘lay by’ things and also the Baby Chrissie Dolls. It is such fun to look back on when we were younger. You Mum was very sensible not getting all hot and bothered cooking a roast in Summer! Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day x

  • Reply Debbie Harris December 11, 2017 at 09:16

    Such lovely memories Sue, thanks for sharing these with us. I love the Santa photo especially the handbag, you were so cute!! It’s really nice to hear of others’ thoughts on these days n the past and it helps keep our memories of the people and times in place. Take care and thanks again for asking me to join in your post about what Christmas means to me last week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2017 at 09:18

      Hi Deb, yes I was certainly a fashionista LOL:)! I’m really enjoying the responses to this post as people are sharing their memories and it is just so heart warming reading them all. I love having you as a guest (but I think you know that) Have a fabulous week,my friend xx

  • Reply Vanessa December 11, 2017 at 10:16

    I think I can remember it most when we lived in a house with a closed in stair case, because it was like a big reveal coming around the corner to see the tree and presents 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2017 at 10:20

      Oh that sounds lovely Vanessa! It is great to look back to our childhood we don’t do it enough. Have a lovely day x

  • Reply Ingrid December 11, 2017 at 12:43

    This year especially with Dad’s health going down hill I’ve been nostalgic about Christmas’ from my childhood and how we’ve changed some traditions but others we have still kept the same.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2017 at 09:03

      I’m sorry to hear about your Dad’s health, Ingrid. Sometimes it takes this to make us refocus on what is important in our lives. Have a beautiful week and hope your Dad improves. x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl December 11, 2017 at 14:38

    Sue, what special memories and that photo is priceless. May you spend this Christmas surrounded by family and love.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2017 at 09:06

      They are special SSG especially as I don’t have my Mum or Dad anymore. It was lovely to take a walk down memory lane and yes I do like that photo. Those were all the rage back then and dressing up was the order of the day. Best wishes to you and your family for a very happy and loving Christmas. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au December 11, 2017 at 22:22

    Christmases were simpler then weren’t they Sue? I look at the gigantic toy catalogues that come in the mail and the huge variety of toys – we had none of those, but we were always so thrilled with the gifts we received – I kind of miss that.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2017 at 09:07

      I know Leanne and we were happy with one gift! I’m to blame I suppose because I do love getting little stocking fillers for the grandchildren but now by the time they are 5 years old they are ready for a car or a deposit on a home!!! Bring back the simple life I say. x

  • Reply Kathy Brunner December 12, 2017 at 04:56

    I have so many memories. One year, my brother who was 10 years older than I was came home for Christmas from the Navy. When he left, I remembered what he looked like but even 6 months later, head shaved, in white uniform, looking so worldly, when we got to the airport, I didn’t even recognize him until he called my name and held out his arms. He was so young and so was I…It’s still one of my best memories

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2017 at 09:10

      What a lovely memory for you Kathy. I can imagine how grown up he would have looked in his uniform especially after 6 months of training. It is good for us to look back and remember isn’t it? thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day. xx

  • Reply Diane December 12, 2017 at 05:46

    Sweet, sweet memories, Sue!
    I live in the frozen Canadian north, so Christmas, to me, is cold and snow and sitting by the warm fire with a hot cup of cocoa! So many family memories. All of them precious.
    I loved hearing about yours! And what a cute picture!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2017 at 09:13

      Oh sitting by the fire drinking cocoa sounds perfect, Diane. We were in Quebec about 3 years ago in November and it was pretty cold then! It is great to reflect on our younger years and I’m glad you enjoyed my memories. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit December 12, 2017 at 07:40

    Great Santa photo! I’ve asked the kids for a santa photo this year. We don’t have any as they were always scared of Santa, So that’s what I want for Christmas … finally a Santa photo!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2017 at 09:15

      Yes my husband found this to include in my 60th birthday photo stream which played during my party. My grandson is scared of Santa although we’ve managed to get one of Mummy, Daddy and him for the last 3 years. We don’t push it though. I do hope you get your Santa photo this year especially as that is what you want for Christmas!

  • Reply Katherine December 12, 2017 at 07:47

    I loved reading about you all helping your mum make the Christmas pudding! I’m afraid that I’m rather boring when it comes to traditions like writing Christmas cards. I still write them and then I feel bad because maybe it’s forcing other people to write them back to me, when really they have a billion other things to do!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2017 at 09:16

      Oh Katherine, I send Christmas cards and I love receiving them. It is a dying tradition I think with people just emailing or sending e-cards. I’m still a little old fashioned and love receiving something in the mail. Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Donna December 12, 2017 at 09:10

    What a timely post, Sue. (You have an incredible knack for doing this!) Today I finally went through a box of old cards and letters that I have been planning to review since we moved to Vancouver Island over two years ago. Each card and letter brought back brilliant memories of family, friends and holiday traditions. So special! Thank you for sharing yours.

  • Reply Denyse December 12, 2017 at 13:58

    So many beautiful stories told here and isnt it wonderful that now, via the internet you can share them! Growing up in the 1950s my memories of Christmas as a child were of two places where we went to celebrate (and eat!) to my maternal grandparents at Dapto for a Christmas lunch with EVERY meat and veg (all cooked on a fuel stove) and me & my bro being spoilt. Then later in the afternoon we would drive back into Wollongong to my paternal grandmother’s for a cold Christmas tea. It was never as joyful at her place but that’s who she was.
    I did not have a Christmas Day at home until my mid teens ( we had already moved from Wollongong to Sydney and still travelled back) when Mum and Dad called STOP to the practice and my grandfather and aunty would catch the train up to have Christmas lunch with us. I could go on with my stories…but I won’t. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek47/52. Next week is the last link up and prompt for 2017 – Christmas Plans.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 13, 2017 at 05:13

      I never had grandparents growing up Denyse so we didn’t have the travelling all over the world on Christmas Day. Also my parents didn’t drive so it would have been a nightmare trying to take public transport. It is lovely looking back to our childhood (well for me it is because it was a happy one) and taking time to reflect. We didn’t have much but we had plenty of love and laughs. xx

  • Reply Denyse December 12, 2017 at 14:08

    Oops 48/52 #lifethisweek

  • Reply Carol Cassara December 20, 2017 at 00:25

    I was in the mood to reread this today. Was perusing your blog, as I do. Love this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2017 at 05:13

      Thank you Carol. I hope you have a joyous holiday season and that 2018 sees your dream and business grow xx

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