Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas - 1959

A Visit to Santa Claus 1959

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;


A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!


His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,


And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,


And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,


That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.


He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,


And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!


A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,


Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.



My favorite excerpt from

Twas The Night Before Christmas

I always loved our visits to Santa, you can probably tell that by the look on my face. Sister (in the middle) always hated having her picture taken, but she loved Santa, so she dealt with it. My big brother was just as excited as I was. I have wonderful memories of my childhood Christmases — trying to sleep, but anxious to get to all those presents under the tree. Of course, once they were opened I had to run to the neighbors to see what my friends, Amy and Celia had gotten from Santa. Then I waited for my grandmother Cora and my cousin Jackie and her family to arrive. More presents and lots of good food, but the best memory is being with those I loved.

I wish you all love this Christmas and I have one more thing to say about Santa,

Believe!

13 Thoughtful Comments:

ButterYum said...

I wish I would have thought to submit that B&W photos to PWs texture photo assignment. Darn, darn, darn - there are just too many photos to keep track of, you know.

:)
ButterYum

Merry Christmas!!!

Jane said...

Love the photo...and the memory. The excerpt from the poem is my favorite, too.

Love the flamingos in the sidebar, too. We have a couple of flamingos which float around each year. Some unsuspecting "victim" receives it...usually in celebration of something momentous in his/her life.

Merry Christmas!
Jane

Maria Berg said...

yes waiting for Christmas is fun and to look what everybody else got I like to - this year I have already everthing done and now I can only wait with the one I love.

/Maria Berg

OceanDreams said...

I love my visits to Santa too, even at 25! Ha ha, this was the first year I went and visited with Santa since I was a little girl - so much fun! You look darling in this Santa picture, thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I must be about the same age as your sister. I still remember that feeling of excitement on Christmas Eve. I felt the same way when my kids were young.

We went to see the Osborne Lights (my favorite thing to do around here at Christmas) tonight. They give me that same excited rush of Christmas spirit!

Sue

Bunny, The Paris House said...

Shellbelle, what a wonderful picture of you and your sister and brother with Santa. You are very blessed to have these memories from your childhood and to still have such a loving family. Your warmth just comes right through my computer screen. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just go back to the days of our childhood and spend Christmas with family again , if only for a moment. I try so hard to make my children have those same magical memories. I told my husband how your father use to put blue lights on the bushes at Hanukkah in honor of all his Jewish friends, my husband though this was so wonderful. You were certainly raised by a loving family.
Have a very Merry Christmas and God Bless my sweet friend
Bunny

Kathleen said...

I love your b&w photos! Wish I had some of my fam! Merry Christmas to you, my friend,and may Santa bring you all you wish for!

Lindsay-ann said...

I enjoyed hearing about your lovely memories of visiting Santa. I love the cute picture of you all.
Lindsay
x

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love Santa and I believe :-) Thanks for sharing your wonderful childhood photo ...so sweet!

Rain said...

Such a cute photo, look at your smile!!! You still have that same joie de vivre today imo!!!
:)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Rhonda
I hope your Christmas was as memorable as these cherished childhood memories

Here's to a brighter 2010!! xxx Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Rhonda
I hope your Christmas was as memorable as these cherished childhood memories

Here's to a brighter 2010!! xxx Julie

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What a wonderful memory story! I can just see you all visiting Santa (my sister still hate having her picture taken)! Thanks for your visit to my blog to I could come and find you! You are right! We enjoy so many of the same things...it'll be fun to share in 2010! I'm signing on to follow right now! Happy New Year! Coralie

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