Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thanks For The Memories

Happy Rudolph Day! For my card I water colored the 1998 Penny Black Santa Memories stamp. I added Crayola Glitter glue on Santa’s beard and the stars and Diamond Glaze on his glasses. I layered it on to a scrap of Christmas scrapbook paper, green card and onto my card base with a bit of ribbon to finish it.

This stamp filled my head with warm childhood memories. My Aunty Alice made every occasion special for my family and she loved Christmas. On Christmas Eve she would gather our entire family at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. After a wonderful dinner Aunty would get one of her brothers to dress as Santa. At the appointed hour we would be told to sit in the living room. We didn’t have to wait long before we’d hear HO, HO, HO as Santa came up the front steps. It was sweet agony waiting as he stomped on each of a dozen red wooden steps till he finally came in the door. He’d stand in front of one child after the other and ask ‘Have you been good?’ Of course the answer was always ‘Yes Santa.’ Then he’d say ‘What about the time you did…’ Santa really did know if you were bad or good. He’d pull from his sack a brown paper sack tied with red curling ribbon. Inside was an orange, an apple, a handful of nuts in the shell and a cheap little toy. Not a lot but we loved it. As I grew older I would sit at the end of the line and when Santa would finally get to me I’d give him a hug and whisper in his ear ‘I love you Uncle or Daddy‘. Why did Santa come to our homes so early on Christmas Eve? Well we lived on Maui and Santa always started his deliveries in Hawaii before crossing the ocean to complete his rounds. Hey it worked for us.
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  1. Oh Bernie - what a lovely childhood memory - thanks for sharing. And the card is great - perfect for the memory, and someone's getting into her water colouring :)) Big hugs, Di xx

  2. Aaawwww... Bernie

    I just love your blog and your sweet childhood memories.

    You describe everything so well that I am able to picture it all as if I am standing in the corner watching.

    Your card is gorgeous. A "real" Santa image!!

    Love Jules xx

  3. Hi Bernie,

    sounds like you have such treasured memories from your Christmases as a littlen, this is a gorgeous card love the image

    Joey x

  4. What a sweet story you shared Bernie! Thanks for sharing your memories : )

    I've spent some time here browsing your beautiful cards! You've inspired me to create some 'white' cards. I LOVE yours ♥

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    Love n hugs,

  5. A sweet card, with a sweet memory to go with it! Love your coloring and the glitter in Santa's beard looks fabulous. Thanks for visiting my blog for the Flourishes Customer Appreciation Blog Hop. I hope you'll visit again soon. Good luck in the contest! ~Hugs

  6. What a beautiful card and what sweet memories of Christmas, thank you for sharing. Hugs xxx

  7. Beautiful card and memories Bernie thanks for sharing..
    Mandy x

  8. what a wonderful story! And to grow up onMaui, I've been there 3 times and it is paridise! I made some Christmas cards yesterday too, how funny, I don't have them posted yet though. It is nice to have some done up early!

  9. Yay - another Rudolph Day card! Congrats!

    What a lovely childhood story. Brilliant! Christmas just isn't the same as an adult is it?!

    Hugs, Sandra

  10. Bernie, what an awesome card and I love the stories with your cards..what a great memory and great way to celebrate Christmas.

  11. wow Bernie this gave me a warm fuzzy feeling and brought back childhood memories too Bernie...I love love love that beautifully coloured image...its defo an mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm card
    Mina xxx


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