Monday, 10 December 2012

Meet the Family Holiday Hop & Giveaway


View from my window
Today I am taking part in Meet the Family Hop, sponsored by Terri Giuliano Long.  For my post I got to choose what I wrote as long as it was along the theme family/loved ones and the holidays/winter.

While I could have written about my winter holiday to California, or how much I love snow and that the winter a few years ago was both the best (lots of snow) and worst (badly sprained ankle) winter for a long time, I have chosen to write about my Nan.

My Nan and I when I was younger
For as long as I can remember my Nan has been a huge role model in my life, and I looked forward to spending every other weekend in her house, or the random trips to York for the weekend to visit relatives and stay over, with my parents only finding out after we had come home.  But one thing that remains in my memory to this day, is the many times we would visit during Winter and Christmas with my parents, Sister and Brother.

As usual we would all wake up at home and wait for my Dad to get out of bed before opening presents   While we waited we would open our stockings and swap bananas for tangerines and count our pennies to make sure we all had the same amount.  When both parents were awake we would make our way down stairs to begin the unwrapping of presents and obligatory taking of photos.  Once all presents were opened, breakfast had been eaten, and drinks of tea consumed, we would all don our Christmas clothes and make the 15 minute walk to my Nans.

Upon arriving we would immediately be hugged and kissed and have more presents given to us to open.  While going to my Nans was a family tradition, and I looked forward to seeing her, one thing I enjoyed the most was her cupboard full of sweets.  In her living room, she had a small cupboard that year round held ornaments and photos, come Christmas time, these precious things were all stored safely and out came the small glass bowls and containers that were repeatedly filled with whatever sweet or snacky food you can imagine, jellies, chocolates, mints, peanuts, and no matter how much we ate, there was always more stored away ready to be added to the dwindling pile.  After a long, food filled day, we would all go home full of Christmas dinner, with pockets brimming with sweets that had been put there by my Nan.

My Nan sadly passed away four years ago, and while she is no longer with us, the memories she left behind are some that will stick with me for the rest of my life, and are ones that I hope to be able to continue in the future for others to remember them too.

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  1. My mother-in-law had a candy cabinet, too. She kept it well stocked for her grandkids. I hope you have a lovely holiday and hop.

  2. My gran used to make us Sunday lunch, such fond memories :)

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this, Michelle. I'm so sorry your Nan isn't with you any longer but I think it's wonderful that you're able to treasure such special memories. Thanks for taking part in the hop!

    My best,

  4. Aww, so lovely Michelle! I love hearing about other people's Christmas traditions. I'm sorry about your Nan Grama died a little less than a year and a half ago and I don't imagine Christmas will ever be the same without her.

  5. Thank you for sharing your memories. My maternal grandmother had a biscuit cupboard. She died when I was five, but I still remember it.

    Zoe Brooks


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