Christmas Now and Then
There are many people that enjoy themselves greatly during Christmas and some of them even look forward to celebrating Christmas many months in advance. But I can assure you there is no one as fond of Christmas festivities as I am.
The sweets, the decorations… even the sweaters! I love everything about Christmas and, was there a way, I would celebrate it all year long. In fact, my best memories of my childhood are those from Christmas days.
At home, my mom would always set the table with special candles and cloth, all in red and green. My dad would light the fireplace and my elder sister would prepare some hot cocoa for everybody. Since we lived in Massachussets by then, it was a really cold holiday, and I learnt to love cold weather thanks to all these treats.
Although carol singers weren’t much of a fashion in our neighborhood, we enjoyed good music from some old discs my dad would play. He kept this very antique record player which he had to repair every once in a while, but he was right about one thing: nothing sounds as pure and beautiful as music played in an authentic phonograph.
Nowadays, my sister and I live and work in different tows and our parents moved to a smaller apartment. Still, we get reunited every year in December and we enjoy our traditional Christmas dinner. Only now there are a couple of grandchildren running around and drinking hot cocoa.
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