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Christmas Memories

Born in the late fifties in New Jersey, my Christmas memories start in the 60's.


Traditions held strong in our family, I am the sixth of seven children. Our family home was on a dead end street on what had been an apple farm, in what was considered  a country bumpkin town at the time.

Life was magical, especially Christmas.

My oldest  brother was extremely talented and was studying Interior Design at the time. (He went on to have a fabulous career) We would wait with baited breath for our Mother's birthday to arrive on the 14th of December so the decorating could begin. And so it did, from a fake cardboard fireplace to Santa Clauses in every shape and size, to the manger with a crib that sat empty until Christmas Day.

The tree itself was never decorated until Christmas Eve. Coming from an Italian heritage my Mother would make the traditional seven fishes dinner.

The four younger children including myself  were sent to bed early with a promise that Santa would arrive in the morning. The other three would attend midnight mass returning home at 1:00am. We would then be awoken with cheers that Santa had arrived, and down we would come in the middle of the night to find bicycles, dolls, and every latest toy on the market.

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Imagine just how exciting this was for us. I feel fortunate and grateful that I have these memories.

Photo: Me and my siblings, Christmas 1961

These days my husband and I live in the Florida Keys at Christmas time. We have had to make our own traditions.

Far from the cold days of December, we attend boat parades, decorate palm trees and use shells and starfish for our tree ornaments.

Different yes, but no matter what age or where you are Christmas is still a magical time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Couldn't resist adding this sea glass wreath.

Couldn't resist adding this sea glass wreath.

Sea Glass; The Top 10 Reasons We Are Obsessed?

1.  Sea Glass is becoming rarer and rarer as plastic takes over the world,

and as humans we always want what we cannot have.

2. As a recycled product, sea glass is considered green and this is something that we all need to become more obsessed with.

3. Coastline people have always been beachcombers so they have been obsessed with collecting before green was in.

4. Sea glass has become quite the commodity, and money drives people to obsession.

5. For artisans, the obsession with sea glass lies in the love of working with a recycled medium in unusual colors and shapes.

6. Let's face it, sea glass collecting is not only good exercise but it is relaxing and rewarding.

7. The mystery and the history.

8. Everyone of us has a hoarder of some sort inside of us.

9. The idea of finding the ultimate piece, and then after we find it, just finding the next ultimate piece, and the next.....

10. It just makes us happy!

Photo: CH Minopetros 10/12

Photo: CH Minopetros 10/12