Vote for this Week’s ‘Charmed Christmas’ $250 James Avery Artisan Jewelry Winner
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We've listed each of this week's $50 'Charmed Christmas' winners below. Now, it's your turn to vote on your favorite, because they'll receive an additional $250 James Avery Artisan Jewelry gift card! Voting will close for this round on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
My dad was in the military and we got stationed in Hawaii. I know that sounds glamorous but my mom was feeling very homesick because she was from Tennessee. Christmas morning she bought us flannel pajamas, turned the AC down very, very low and sprayed snow on the windows. God was very kind and gave us a overcast day, and as long as she didn't look to the left where the palm trees were, it really felt like Christmas. I cherish those times and miss her.
Every year at Christmas all of the stove tops were being used by other items so my mother would put the corn in a bowl in the microwave. The corn would not be noticed until dinner was over and my mother heated her coffee. And the corn would be placed on the dessert table. It happened so many years that even 20 years later... the corn remains part of the dessert table!
My Christmas memories as a child are like a Hallmark Christmas Movie. We lived in Michigan so every Christmas there was fresh snow on the ground. We'd set our milk and special made cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. My mother let my sister and I open one gift on Christmas Eve, usually new pajamas. We would put on those new jammies and scurry to bed. The next morning we would jump on our parents bed until they arose and we would sit by the tree separating all the presents and open them one by one. Every year we write Santa a letter and every Christmas we had a new letter in return thanking us for being good all year! After opening gifts and eating breakfast we would go outside to play in the newly fallen snow, then make our way in for hot cocoa. Finally finishing the day with a big family dinner! Its so nice to have such perfect memories as a child and I intend to make the same for my children!
My favorite Christmas memory was from 1973 when I was ten and my family lived in Oslo, Norway. That was the year of the oil embargo crisis. In order to conserve fuel, Norway placed restrictions on driving on the weekends; but that didn't deter my daddy from finding a way to take me with him to get a Christmas tree. We took our 'spark,' which is a sled with a seat - kind of like a dog sled, but without the dogs. The roads were covered in a blanket of white, unmarred with tire tracks, and since there were no vehicles out, there was a beautiful silence to perfectly match the tranquility of the season. We loaded the tree and glided home with our prize. My daddy is gone now, so now more than ever, that remains my favorite Christmas memory.
My story is very simple but will always stay with me. When I was 14 my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. This was almost 30 years ago. My grandmother always went all out for Christmas but when I was 15 she was too sick to go buy a Christmas tree. So she had this piece of furniture that fit in a corner of the wall that had four shelves. I remember coming over and she had decorated the piece of furniture like a Christmas tree and had a few gifts on each shelf. At the time I thought it was silly. I was a teenager but now that's one of the most impressionable memories of my grandmother. She worked so hard with what she had and did her best to make Christmas special for me.
I miss her everyday and wish she lived long enough to see me grow up to be an adult but she passed a year later.