Wednesday, December 17, 2008

merry blogging — day 4

My Mom took me back today when she posted this photo on her blog. It's of our long-lost home in Hawaii, circa the 1990s.

Now, I loved our house. And I loved, loved it at Christmas time. Excitement decked the halls.
So in honor of my Christmases of yore, I thought it'd be fun to list some "did you knows" about the way we Hallstroms celebrated. (Not to be confused with my traditions post of yesteryear. This is so totally different.)


... Due to past burglaries in our beautiful home, my mother began to hide our presents in the pantry and dryer when we went to Grandma's house for Christmas Eve. Yes, the dryer! It still makes me giggle.

... Sister's Night was born all because Erin got a white board for her birthday and wanted to use it as a sign to welcome Kara and I to a party. If my memory serves correctly, it was Aunti Heather who got her that white board. Bless you, Aunti Heather.

... My mom always put on the tree lights, and my dad always took them down. Good teamwork, you two.

... Upstairs we had a "kid tree" with our various (read: non-matching) ornaments. I got to put the lights on that one — and take them down!

... On the evening of Christmas day, we'd always drink eggnog by the fireplace. And yes, it was 80 degrees outside when we sat by said fire.


Amander said...

Oh, Hawaii Christmases. Love that you sat around a fire!

Your family is too cute.

jill said...

I love the eggnog by the fire. We did the same thing at our house. The mildest breeze at Christmas time called for cocoa by the fire! Hooray for great memories.

Kara said...

Oh, and don't forget the oven. There were always some presents hiding in there.

Erin said...

Oh man, I love our family. Thanks for the memories.

Heidelweiss said...

Great post. I love that house! I especially love that sisters night was started because Erin felt the need to write on her white board. Always organizing, that one.

Juli said...

Can I just point out that Hallstrom homes are the ONLY homes I've been to in Hawaii that actually have fireplaces.

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