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December 08, 2009

My Christmas Impatience

As a kid, Christmas was the ultimate day for me. The entire Christmas season was what I lived for.

I wanted Christmas to start much earlier than it did. (the opposite of me today)scan0004 (5)

One year, when I was about 9, I decided it was time to put up the Christmas tree. Mom was at work. I pulled the tree box out of the storage in the back of the house and drug it to the living room where I proceeded to put the entire tree up.

I was standing on a tall stool and untangling lights, and this is where my fun ended. No, I did not fall. But my brother finally had enough of this. He called MOM. I know, the ultimate betrayal.

He ruined the Christmas surprise for Mom. I still recall seeing him on the phone in the kitchen, and saying: Mom, Suzanne is putting up the Christmas tree!!!

What the heck is his problem I wondered?

I don’t know what was said by her, but I can only imagine there was much sighing and a few frustrated words.

You see, it was not even Halloween yet. Yes, I was ready though.

Who says a calendar should dictate my holidays? Christmas Mark and Suz 2 Me and baby Cindy. I still have her today. Mark and his pogo stick, that was the ultimate arm breaker toy of the 70’s.

30 comments:

Caution/Lisa said...

I love that story. Siblings can be such pests, though. If my kids surprised me with a pre-Halloween tree, I would be delighted -- I think.

Anonymous said...

Your childhood photos are adorable! Yes, I can visualize the betrayal and the vintage phone your brother used! I love that you still have your baby plus all the wonderful memories that go with her! Priceless!

Colleen said...

Wow, before Halloween?? You were an excited little girl! Such cute pictures, I can't believe you still have your doll...I still have my first doll too :)

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Cute post, Suz---even if you did put your tree up before Halloween... How cute is that!!!!!

Love the pictures. I have similar ones in the '70's of my sons..

Do you remember putting all of those icicles on the tree????? GADS---we'd put them on --one by one. AND---when Christmas was over, we'd take them down and carefully save them for the next year... See??? I was a 'recycler' even back then!!!! ha ha (Not that we couldn't afford a new 10 cents box of icicles.. ha ha )

Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

I have absolutely no trouble at all believing that you tried to put up the Christmas tree before Halloween. You were obviously ahead of your time -- now almost all of our stores do that! But I loved the story and the pictures.

Kay said...

Too funny! I remember we were always the very last ppl to set up our tree. When I was little, I never understood why... now I realize it was b/c our house was TINY and my parents were just tired by the end of the day. So now we always set up the day after Thanksgiving. : )

Anonymous said...

cute story! what a stinker, your brother ;)
i still have my barbie from 1965!

Unknown said...

I love these pictures - you and your brother were so cute! Your mom...what does she say today about that incident? I wonder how she remembers it...now, it's so sweet, but at the time, maybe not?
Gregg had a pogo-stick, too, and I hear he was really good at it...it's still at Grandma & Grandpa's house. Shall I send it to you? XO

Shell in your Pocket said...

OH..what a cute story..I love the old pictures of you!
sandy toe

Gary's third pottery blog said...

YOU AND YOUR CAT! And brother! I remember stilts were popular too, another arm-knee breaker....

Sarah said...

I love the picture with your baby...and that you still have her! NO fair!

clean and crazy said...

gosh i would be putting up my tree before halloween if i was allowed. how funny!! my mother used to call me suzanne when i was in trouble too.

ChiTown Girl said...

What an adorable post!! You always were a little darling, always thinking of others and trying to surprise your mommy. How sweet! Poop on your brother for tattline! I'm sure you eventually forgave him. ;-)

Unknown said...

That's what I love about artificial trees...they are ageless! Christmas in July anyone?

You look so adorable with your baby Cindy...and your brother looks so cute with his pogo stick!

Jen said...

Your brain was working....the longer the tree is up...the more time there is for more gifts!
Adorable pictures!!!

Angie Field said...

Oh I love this post, brings me back to my childhood with an annoying little brother. I'm new to your blog and loving it.
Ang xx

Stephanie said...

I'm pretty sure we had the same paneling? in our house back in the day! Great shot!

Liz Mays said...

I love your spirit! I had to chuckle about your nightgown because I wore those all the way up until about 7 years ago when my kids put a definitive stop to it. LOL

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

Big brother tattle tales are a huge wet rag on things, aren't they? Be thankful you weren't one of five kids....someone was always tattling.

Shelley said...

That's a cute story Suz! Did you mom leave it up? At least you didn't start at the 4th of July - ha,ha!

Technodoll said...

That's gotta be the BEST Christmas story I ever heard! I swear!

You're so cute I'd dip you in sugar and sprinkle you with chocolate flakes!

Dawn said...

i love that you are surprising me with a new picture... and i especially love that the frog is gone. and i love love love that you were tyring to put up that tree all by yourself- even before halloween!

C said...

awwww how sweet of you to do that! siblings can be pests... at that age.
you are such a cute lil girl!
i have my surgery thursday. but i'll be back as arnie would say...

c

Rebecca Foster said...

That is soo funny! Your mom got a kick out of it, I'm sure, deep down inside. You sound like the most fun kid ever!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

The pogo stick--your brother and I could have bounced down the street together!

Becca's Dirt said...

I bet your mom laughed about the tree. Sweet photo of you and your baby doll.

Lakeland Jo said...

I just loved Christmas when I was a kid.....not now though

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh you are so cute. You look like Cindi Brady. And Bobby. I wasn't born yet when that photo was taken... : ) Just sayin' we didn't have the pogo stick joy! MAN!

Anonymous said...

Love your brothers PJ's!

Janie said...

You mean Halloween is too early to put up the tree?
Cute photo of you with the doll.