Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Traditions, Write Edit Publish blog hop

Hello everyone. Merry Christmas, Happy all other Holidays. I can't remember them all so I'll say Happy to all and hope you don't mind.

I am posting this flash fiction piece for Write...Edit...Publish early because I've had so many computer issues I'm afraid to wait. I'm on the old, old computer which is slow, slow. I had to buy a new mouse yesterday and I may have to buy a new keyboard. I absolutely need to buy a new computer but I'm not sure when that will happen. Enough said.

Here is a true story from my childhood. We are supposed to post this on the 18th so I will remind all of you to come back and go the link so you can enjoy everyone's post. It's not too late to write your own story, poem or show pictures etc.

Christmas Elf

The distinct smell of turkey floated through the entire house. Soon our relatives would arrive. Dad made Hot Toddies while mom worked to create our traditional Thanksgiving meal. My brother and sister watched Massy's Thanksgiving Day parade. I entered the kitchen and saw my mother pull the turkey from the oven and base it. She'd started the meal early, before the rest of us got up. I volunteered to help. Now looking back I must have gotten in the way since I was only five. Mother was never cross though, she gave me a small project.

I turned and looked up and there in his bright red outfit was the Christmas elf. He sat above the door on the wood that hugged the frame. Our Christmas elf moved mysteriously, from one door to the other, watching us to be sure we were good before Christmas and sent a report back to Santa. It never occurred to me to wonder why my friends didn't have a Christmas elf, I just thought we were lucky.

The mysterious movement of the elf created a reason for the three of us, my brother, sister and myself to scurry over the entire house looking for him. I would stand below the door for hours talking to the elf and waiting to see him move. On Christmas Eve he ended the vigil by perching in the tree. On Christmas day he was always gone for the year because he left with Santa.

One summer my mother was looking through her junk box for something, I don't remember what it was. I was sitting next to her. There in the box was the Christmas elf. I grabbed him and declare. "The elf!" Quick as a wink, my mother swooped the elf from my hand and said. "He flew out the window." Naive and trusting I ran to the window but the elf was gone.

Now as I remember my childhood, I think the Christmas elf was my favorite thing.

"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night." quote from The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore.



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Did you do the Christmas elf for your children as well?

M Pax said...

It would have been fun to have a Christmas elf.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Alex
Sadly the stores didn't sell the size doll required to make into an elf when my children were young. So no, I didn't do the Christmas elf for them.

Hi M. Pax
It was fun.

Thank you both for stopping by.

Lexa Cain said...

I never knew about the Christmas elf when I was growing up. I love seeing pics of them on FB now though. Such a fun idea for children. Great post!

N. R. Williams said...

Thanks Lexa. I didn't know there were pics of Christmas elves on FB.

Denise Covey said...

That was so sweet Nancy. A five-year old and the Christmas elf. It must have made such a strong impression on you for it to be such a poignant memory today. That's what Christmas does to us, isn't it? We remember occasions and emotions we keep locked up the rest of the year.

Thanks so much for sharing for the December WEP prompt. Don't worry about being early. Better early than late when no one will read your post.

I have mine scheduled for the 17th. Did it before I left home. Didn't know how much computer time I'd have while travelling, but I keep waking up at 5.30am, so spend that time on the net. Too cold to go outside and run!

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Nancy! I hope it's better than last year!


N. R. Williams said...

Thanks Denise

Sally said...

What a lovely idea of a Christmas Elf in your own home, I wish I could have one when I was little.

Lisa said...

Loved the Christmas Elf! What a lovely memory! I could picture it well. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

Yolanda Renee said...

Such a lovely memory! Thanks for sharing. I do remember one year that Dad called Santa Clause and boy did that make an impression on us! LOL

Hope your holiday is lovely and blessed!

Kelly Steel said...

Loved reading about your traditions Nancy!

N. R. Williams said...

Thanks everyone. new computer and learning curve. i'll be back soon.

Chris said...

Hi Nancy, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

N. R. Williams said...

I'm late finding your comment Chris but I will stop by.