Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all Runitlikeamom bloggers and readers! Thank you for reading and contributing to this fabulous site. This Runit Mom is ready to take some time off and travel to Vermont to celebrate with her family. We will all be enjoying a white Christmas and some fabulous skiing…enjoy my Christmas-week post!
With the holiday season fully upon us, I was recently hosting friends for dinner, while I was peeling potatoes I thought of my Mom and some of my wonderful childhood memories of Christmas:
· Hiking into the woods to cut down our Christmas tree,
· Decorating our tree with shiny, ugly, blue balls that my parents had bought during their first Christmas together,
· Listening to Alabama Christmas on our record player,
· Making cookies and peanut rolls with my Mom, Nana and Mimi,
· Opening my yearly Christmas book on Christmas Eve,
· Participating in the Christmas pageant at church on Christmas Eve – my rendition of Silent Night while portraying the Virgin Mary was truly epic,
· Traveling to my grandparents for a delicious turkey dinner and presents,
· Driving home late at night and rushing to get to sleep so Santa would not skip over my house,
· Laying by the fire-place with my new toys while my Mom made breakfast,
· Eating delicious food at my Nana’s house on Christmas afternoon.
Because I have so many wonderful holiday memories I want to make certain I create memorable traditions and special memories for my children.
Now back to the potatoes…While I was peeling potatoes and anticipating dinner with friends, I began thinking of some of the things I do in my adult life in spite of my Mom, silly things that I do differently because of how my Mom did them. My Mom never boiled her mashed potatoes long enough to get out all the lumps, and she never added sour cream. Because of this, I over boil my potatoes and add tons of sour cream and shredded cheese. Here are some other things I always make sure to do, and I have my Mother to thank for it:
– Always have cream cheese with bagels, butter is not a cream cheese substitute!
– Always serve white fish with tartar sauce,
– Only have chicken once a week,
– Never hang laundry outside on the line, especially when you have teenage daughters whose boyfriends may drop over and find underwear hanging outside to dry,
– Always make certain the guest bedroom has sheets on it,
– Don’t pack embarrassing school lunches,
– Refuse to cut bangs on any of my daughters. EVER.
– Avoid frilly dresses, circa 1990’s Polly Flinders,
– Never buy orange juice with pulp.
There are countless ways I aspire to be more like my Mom. However, some of her little quirks clearly made an impression on me, and as an adult I make sure not to repeat them. I’m very aware, that as a mother, I will annoy my own children. As a matter of fact, I might be bothering them already. I just tried to go into the toy room and found a note taped to the door, “NO PARENTS ALLOWED”!
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