20 Dec 2007

THURSDAY THIRTEEN




13 things I remember on Christmas

1. When my 3 year old son got an electric train and put his guinea pig in a wagon to have him "travel" ! Pitsou (guinea pig) liked to turn in circles !

2. When my darling 7 year old son put firecrackers in our open fire because he wanted that we had fun, we had fun indeed but not as he expected.

3. When my father (mother always agreed) grumbled about the electric candles on the Christmas tree instead of real once, the fact that we had a 1 year old boy who had just started to walk wasn't an excusable reason to him.

3. When he (mother agreed) also grumbled about the Christmas tree decoration because it was colorful and had a lot of funny cute little things for little son, to him it looked too common and not sober enough.

4. When I spend Christmas eve with my parents pretended to be sick at 8 pm and hurried home to (not yet) Mr. Gattino where we had a cute little tree and spend our first Christmas together.

5. When I saw Mr. Gattino's Nativity scene for the first time and thought it would take the whole living room when he started to put up alll the houses and figures !

6. When during the Christmas eve supper my mother always cried and left the table because my father showed his "caring love" by insulting her.

7. The face he made when my little son told him that he is very very naughty

8. The Italian swearwords I learned when Mr. Gattino put up the tree

9. When at the first Christmas in our new house the heating broke down and we were freezing and waited for somebody to come to repair it on Christmas Eve ! But somebody came !

10. When our dog ate Baby Jesus in marzipan every day and we didn't know who it was !

11. When I was wearing a long dress, stepped on the seam and fell in the tree.

12. When I saw the first Christmas tree my son had made up in London and pushed a scream when I saw it. It was the biggest and tallest tree I had ever seen in a private home !

13. The faces my men made when they stormed in to see what had happened to me !





27 comments:

ellen b. said...

Gattina, I got a real kick out of #10! You have some great memories....

Unknown said...

I love your Christmasy blog. Number six is sad. But I love your list.

MaR said...

This was a fun list to read despite the not-so-fun memories because it is life itself! Didn't know you had a dog.
I am early today and hey: I have an internet connection! ::knocks on wood::
Happy Thursday and happy thirteening!

Melanie said...

I like your list! It is funny how things that are not so funny turn out funny with time. My Grandmother used to have real candles in her tree...it was so beautiful! Have a Merry Christmas!!

SJ Reidhead said...

That reminds me about my cousin's hamster, Goldie, who disappeared up under the tree about a week before Christmas and did not re-appear until they were taking down the tree. She did this several years in a row.

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damozel said...

Oh God, some of those were so funny (the ones about your father, not so much...) But still, how wonderful to have so many memories---love the firecrackers, but my favorite is the baby-Jesus-eating dog! You must have thought it was some sort of Christmas miracle!

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Tiffany Aller said...

Cute, Cute and more Cute! I especially love the firecrackers in the fireplace...wow! Happy Thursday!

Puss-in-Boots said...

Heeheehee! I loved the one where you learnt Italian swear words from Mr Gattino! Your father sounds as if he was a bit of a character...and your son telling him off. Kids can get away with things like that!

pussreboots said...

Happy memories. Happy TT. Thanks for stopping by.

Nicholas said...

Some very touching,and funny, memories there. Firecrackers in the fireplace are guaranteed to liven up any gathering!

Jeannine said...

So many memories! Made me sit down and think of my Christmases.
And here is one, though not so long ago:
I came into the living room to find my cat lying in the Christmas tree (near the top). So funny!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

pjazzypar said...

What if you had did number 11 with the real candles on the tree? Not pretty. Happy TT. By the way I love your disclaimer.

Shelia said...

I can relate to that gym one, HA! Merry Christmas Gattina! :)

Melli said...

This is a great list Gattina -- not all great memories - but a great list of Christmases past... I would have liked to see the look on your father's face when your son told him he was verrrrry very naughty!!! LOL! Good for him!

Lazy Daisy said...

Sounds like some very special memories of Christmas Past. I bet the firecrackers in the fireplace was exciting! Merry Christmas my friend.

colleen said...

There's a restaraunt here that has an enormous tree inside by the fireplace. They stick a small one above it on the roof to make it look like it's going through the ceiling.

I really enjoyed reading these very real and funny life memories. I'd love to get my hands on some marzipan.

Robin said...

Oh dear, I can just imagine you falling into the tree!

It's the collection of all these memories, good and not, that make us who were are today.

Hootin' Anni said...

I really like #4!!!

And, Gattina, what do you mean WASP? That's a bee in English...color me confused.

I'm Irish. roflmao

Daisy said...

Those are some funny memories! I would love to see the little guinea pig going round and round on the train.

Lori said...

What great memories...thanks for sharing:) A few of them made me giggle. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

Mercy's Maid said...

It sounds like you have some wonderful and not so wonderful Christmas memories. I pray that this Christmas is filled with only wonderful memories for you.

Thanks for visiting my 13 pictures of tacky Christmas decorations.

Anonymous said...

what adventures with your christmas trees!!! I'm curious to see the new christmas tree of your son this year! Bad Claudie! La curiosité est un vilain pêché!

Maribeth said...

Wonderful, Gattina! I did not do my TT This week because I devoted my entry to my daughter whose birthday is today!

Alice (in BC Canada) said...

This is such a wonderful post, Gattina. I loved reading your memories of Christmas' past. Most of them are such good memories. I like the way #7 reacted to #6! And as always, your cartoons were a great laugh!!

Happy T13 and Merry Christmas!

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Joyismygoal said...

Ouch I bet the needles hurt and I love nativities and I hope you have a merry Christmas I have never really seen but have wanted to see real candles on atree

Forgetfulone said...

Thanks for that post. It made me laugh.

Danielle said...

Was your first child born the September after your first freezing Christmas together, by any chance ;-) LOL

I'm sure no one will forget the firecrackers, ever!!!

happy holidays!