December 23 - Christmas Sweetheart Memories Do you have a special memory of a first Christmas present from a sweetheart? How did you spend your first Christmas together? Any Christmas engagements or weddings among your ancestors?
Dad: Being a man I generally do not like to shop. I had been dating my future wife for about 6 months when our first Christmas rolled around. I had no idea what to get her and her mom was no help. I asked a group of secretaries at work for some help. They asked if I wanted the gifts to be serious or funny. I said how about both. They gave me great ideas for the serious gifts which I took care of buying myself. Next let me tell you about the funny one they dreamed up. They wouldn’t tell me what it was going to be. I had to trust them. I gave them some money and the next day they delivered a beautifully wrapped package.
On Christmas I thought we were going to swap presents while we were alone. Wrong. We exchanged presents with her whole family in the room (mom, dad and 3 sisters). I asked her to open the serious packages first not knowing what to expect from the funny one. She liked them all especially the sapphire earrings. Finally she got to the “package” and started opening it. Inside the wrapping paper was a box from Victoria’s Secret. I thinking “Oh no they set me up” and start stammering. Her sisters are gathering around closer to see what sexy item is in the box. The box gets opened and inside is a one piece red….. NO! it’s not what you are thinking…..it’s a one piece red insulated long underwear union suit with a trap door bottom. I immediately admitted my shopping deficiencies and how I got help. We had a good laugh at my expense, but I never asked those secretaries for help again.
I have to add that one year when I was home from college my dad and I planned to go shopping for my mom's Christmas present the next day. That morning I got a call to go into work (I had worked at my old elementary school's office and they needed a sub for the secretary.) My dad "Mr. Get A Job" freaked out that I wouldn't be able to go shopping with him and we had to go before I went into work.
Mom: The first Christmas with my husband was at the house he had bought before we got married. He seldom was in town for Christmas so he never got around to buying a tree or many decorations for the house. We bought our first tree and it was a real one we bought from the boy scouts. I started getting ornaments and stuff to decorate the tree. My mom and dad come over and I cooked a dinner for everyone. The tree made a mess of needles on the carpet and we decided to find an artificial tree on sale after the Christmas holidays. We had that artificial tree for many years until it started to fall apart. My daughter and I went to replaced it, and we couldn’t find a tree that was as nice. So the one we have now works but takes a lot of effort to fluff it up and needs more work to decorate it.