Pick a Memory

Christian fiction, Christmas stories, giveaway Comments: 19

It seems that during the holiday season, more than any other time of year, our thoughts turn to special memories. That’s probably completely normal. It’s also probably normal for many of those memories to be happy and a few to be sad. It’s important for us to remember the people who had such an influence on us, who are a big part of who we turned out to be.piano 001

I love to look back over pictures of Christmas as a child, the houses where we used to live, my hair in a pigtail, wearing a romper, practicing those piano scales. Those were simpler times–before life became busy and complicated.

This year as we find our self in the midst of Thanksgiving meals and Christmas celebrations, maybe it would be good if each day we tried to focus our mind on one happy memory–something that can remind us that life is good, and God is on our side, and people care about one another.

What about it? Do you have a happy memory from past holiday seasons? Care to share? I draw one winner from each post’s comment section. If your name is drawn, I’ll send you an autographed paperback book of my choice from my supply closet. If it’s one you already have, you can donate the unsigned copy to your local library or a friend. Our last winner was Janet E.



Announcements for this week:

  • My complete Amish Village Mystery series on sale in the Amazon store for $5.99. That’s 3 books for under $6.
  • I have my Christmas Giveaway up via Rafflecopter. Check out the details on my main page.
  • My Pebble Creek series is also on sale for $2.99 each for all 3 e-books ($8.97 for the series).
  • Coyote’s Revenge and Roswell’s Secret are two new clean romantic suspense novels–available soon. Details here.

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19 thoughts on “Pick a Memory

  1. Melanie Backus

    My favorite Christmas memory is when I was about four years old. I saw this wonderful doll in a department store and wanted it so badly. Needless to say, we left the store without the doll but months later, Santa brought her and I was thrilled. That was fifty eight years ago and I still have her.

  2. Lori Smanski

    sweet photo. I was the same. braid with a dress playing the piano. what I remember vividly is one Christmas all seven of us where opening Christmas gifts when moms cat, Moby came tearing through the house chasing something. (Normally Moby was an exceptionally good cat) This something that was a blur went right up the middle of the tree. And yes, you guessed it, so did Moby. Well, all of us kids quickly got away from the tree because it came down. But when it came down, a huge rat landed in my moms lap. She picked it up and promptly put it in a large cage she had just brought in the house earlier that morning. LOL dad was so not happy. Us kids thought is was great fun. We wound up with a new pet. A rat that no one seemed to want. We named him Max. Mom tried to find the owner, but no one fessed up.

  3. Debbie Earls

    My favorite memory is going to the farm & being with my Mama & Papa each year on Christmas morning. When I was little they had a silver aluminum tree with the color wheel. I thought it was so beautiful! (Wish we still had it!). We opened gifts, ate a lot of good food & visited with family all day. I have a lot of cousins that I got to play with. Those were happy times. The farm is still in our family even though my precious grandparents have long gone to be with the Lord. I will see them again some day!

  4. Alice Boor

    One in Particular I remember was when my parents hid notes in different places and we had to hunt for them before finally finding the girts. It was so much fun!

  5. Deb Simmering

    Every Christmas Eve we would go to my Grandma and Grandpa’s and have dinner and exchange gifts, no one ever missed daddy. Then all of a sudden we heard jingle bells and ho ho ho and a knock on the front window. Oh my it was Santa Claus. Still no one ever missed daddy. Santa handed out the gifts and said his goodbyes, and off he went into the night. About five minutes later in walks daddy. He said whats going on in here? You didn’t see him daddy, no I was in the outhouse. See who? Santa Claus.

  6. Gail Hollingsworth

    My favorite memory is my son running downstairs not to see what Santa brought but to see if baby Jesus appeared in the manger. I gave him that nativity set two years ago when he got married.

  7. Mary Lou Hazelrigg

    I remember probably at age 3 or 4 being in town walking along the sidewalk with my parents and older sister. Who did we see but Santa! I was so very surprised! He came over to us and asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I remember that I stood there with my mouth open, just staring and my mind was blank. Mom tried to help me think of things I had been talking about. I always remember the total surprise that I felt.

  8. Nancy Brown

    I remember my mother baking so many treats! I was probably about 7 when I remember watching her roll out the homemade yeast dough for her amazing cinnamon rolls! I’d watch her sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon, and advise her to use more sugar. 🙂

  9. Linda Christmas

    Going to Grandma’s farm on Christmas Day. All the family showed up for a gift exchange and lots of great food. Fun, loving times. If we had enough snow my cousins and I would go sledding.

  10. Karen Tackett

    Reading your blog brought back one of the most vivid memories from past Christmas’s to me. My grandparents would come to our house for Christmas. Mom would wrap presents and put a few under the tree but when my grandparents would arrive the area around the tree would become a fairyland with so many presents the room was filled. I remember the Christmas lights glowing and all the beautifully wrapped gifts. On one such Christmas I was in awe Christmas morning when standing by the tree was a huge doll. To me she was 3 ft. tall but I don’t really know how tall she was. I loved her and was so happy to get her. Thanks for helping me enjoy that precious memory again. My grandparents are gone and so are my mom and dad but the memories haven’t faded.

  11. Christine

    One of my favorite memories growing up is gathering at my grandmother’s home for Christmas dinner. She passed away in May just a month before her 98th birthday–memories keep our loved ones alive in our hearts.

  12. Sandra M

    My favorite memories are going to a fancy restaurant in town for Thansgiving every year with our entire extended family. We all dressed up and the restaurant was always decorated beautifully with a large tree. We had a large table and it was a seven course meal. My brothers and I squirmed in our dress clothes, but we loved getting shirley temples, and acting grown up. The food was wonderful and it was definitely a special night. One of my brothers died in a car crash at a young age and these memories remind me of how much fun we had together as children.

  13. Shirley Chapel

    My favorite Christmas memory is the bringing home of the Christmas tree. My birthday fell on December 15th. To celebrate my birthday Dad would bring a live tree home each year on that date unless it fell on Sunday. We would put the tree up and decorate it on that date. I can remember once it was decorated that I would stand and gaze at the lights and take in the wonderful evergreen scent that seemed to fill the house.

  14. Marilyn R

    Enjoyed this blog post. A favorite memory is going to our grandparents on Christmas Day. We enjoyed dinner as a family, hearing Granddad read the Christmas story, opening our gifts and playing with them before it was time to say goodbye. Blessings for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. theresa hill

    I loved all the preparitions that went into Christmas and Christmas Eve we all gathered at my grandmas on christmas eve for a very large dinner then at 1130 we would all go to midnight mass then home to bed wake up and have presents under the tree then again we would be all together for the big christmas meal they were 25 of us all together cousins aunts and uncles and of course my grandma it was a wonderful time for us all

  16. Linda McFarland

    A happy memory of Christmas for me is the first Christmas I spent with my husband before we married! I thought the way he was acting my gift was an engagement ring. I wasn’t really ready for that! Turns out it was a beautiful watch which I still own. The ring came later! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  17. vannettachapman Post author

    Thanks so much for leaving your comments. Our winner is Deb S. I appreciate you all, and I enjoyed reading your precious memories.