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December 12, 2014 • Myka Jelier

Christmas1968 - Christmas Present

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Christmas 1968: Christmas Present

December – a warm blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It weaves a spell of nostalgia.

Every year when I flip the calendar to December, I smile in recollection of my first Canadian Christmas.  Still today, the smell of fresh cut trees takes me down memory lane to a tiny two-room school house only 2 miles down the road from Rosedale Swing Company’s workshop. 2 rooms and 6 grades all under one roof.

 I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, Just like the ones I used to know. Where the tree tops glisten. And children listen. To hear sleigh bells in the snow. ~ Irving Berlin

December 1968 ~ After biking a mile into the cold wind with my siblings, I arrived at school with the anticipation of another regular ABC day.  Instead I opened the door and stood transfixed at the transformation that happened overnight. Breathtaking beauty: A ceiling high evergreen tree adorned with twinkling lights, tinsel and garland greeted me in all its colorful glory. Standing tall and proud in the hallway: It wasn’t just the colors. It wasn’t only the lights. It was the scent.  The deep rich pungent woodsy fragrance.

My sweet teacher smiled down at me like a madonna. She knew I did not have a tree in my childhood home, and I’m pretty sure my face was one sheer look of admiration and joy.

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.

I was hooked. Little red-head pigtailed me couldn’t get enough of the sparkly, glittery ornaments and twinkling lights. I stared at them from all different angles to observe the light prisms. And, I would inhale, deeply inhale, the delicious smell of dense green fir boughs.

That day we made cut-out paper Santas, snowmen, snowflakes and candy canes and strung them around the room on white yarn. And, I learned my first Christmas carol: Away in A Manger.

The next week, on a snowy day, we made REAL candles with crayons and hot melted wax poured into various little vintage molds. I chose a Christmas tree, of course. The tiny candles in their molds were placed in a bucket of snow to cool and to set the wax. All 15 students in that little room went home that day with a candle in their pocket. I didn’t want to leave school that day. I lingered around the tree a little longer. Sweet teacher let me make an extra candle with the leftover wax. Oh the joys: another little wax tree.

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. ~ WT Ellis

Teacher not only dressed the school hallway in festive décor, she made sure a nicely wrapped box mysteriously appeared under the tree. One for each student.  The last day before Christmas vacation she sent us all home with a hug and a gift. My first ever Christmas gift. The best teacher ever. I loved her to bits. She taught me the gift of giving and love. That was nearly 50 years ago.

I still haven’t lost the magic that December brings. Now I pass it on to my grandchildren and relive the magic and the spirit of love through their shiny eyes.

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~ Burton Hills

I’ll be back with a special Christmas blog on Christmas Eve.

Blessings to all.

Myka and the Rosedale Swing Company Team

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photo credits:

White Album Photography 

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Benson Jelier 

Rosedale Swing Company www.rosedaleswingcompany.com

Snow Globe purchased at: Target Canada

Fraser Fir tree purchased at: Pine Meadows Chistmas Tree Farm, Chilliwack BC

 

Comments

Dec
17
SHEILA
Thank you so much my friend for that lovely story! I hope your teacher knew how much she meant to you...you are such a great writer, all the blog posts should be put in a book.. I would buy one.. Love Sheila
Dec
17
Marg
Beautiful posts with photos and you took me way back. We are so happy with our swing and brings back many childhood memories as I look at it every day as it hangs from the tree. I need to stop by in the New Year!
Myka
Thank you Marg! I'm glad you enjoyed reading this post and I would love to have you stop in for a coffee in the New Year!
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