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2014 Christmas Contest: Christmas Memories

December 29, 2014 by  
Filed under 2014 Christmas, Contests

by Betty Overstreet

Betty OverstreetBetty Overstreet is a freelance Christian writer/songwriter.  She loves to write about her love of God through short stories, testimonies, poetry and songs. Ms. Overstreet has published seven books and is continuously working on one or more at any time.  She has discovered much satisfaction in creating the songs , which she considers to be gifts God presents to her to create and sing for Him. Her books are available at:  You may wish to visit her blog at:  Looking toward the light. Ms Overstreet is a member of the writers organization: Inspire Christian Writers.

Christmas Memories

Christmas time brings memories of a time long ago……….
stories of special Christmas’s , I think you should know
Days when snow was on the ground and the ponds were hard with ice
skaters swayed and spun around falling once or twice

Mama was waiting in our toasty warm kitchen
making cookies shaped like Santa’s of old
heating chocolate milk to drink
when we ran home, shivering cold 

We popped some corn on the old wood stove
to decorate the tree,
then Daddy would sit the Star on top
for everyone to see 

I remember there was always a crate full of oranges
and a big box of red apples, too
white and red candy canes on the tree
and round balls of red, green and blue.

There wasn’t much money for presents some years
but we always managed to find
a hand made doll or mittens made by Mama
or a very special gift of some kind. 

We would wake up early on Christmas Morning
and Mama would start to bake
banana cream pies and coconut and apple
and her “special mincemeat chocolate cake”.

We helped when we could … with the peeling and chopping
sang Christmas carols and laughed the whole day
then when dinner was over and the dishes were done
we would sit down ..with our new toys.. to play 

As we all settled down for our favorite time day
mama quietly reached for the Family Bible
she read the story of the birth of the Christ Child
then we bowed our heads to pray 

Father in Heaven we thank you for your love
for sending your son from Heaven above
He is the miracle who saved us from sin
Lord we open our hearts, for your love to flow in

As we grew older with kids of our own
Christmas eve was our favorite day
we would gather at Mamas, though she had a new name
“Granny” is what the grandchildren say 

Daddy became Grandpa, he was our own gentle giant
he was tall with dark curly hair
he wasn’t very old when the Lord took him to heaven
his heart hurt and he needed God’s care

Many things have changed since those long ago days
but each Christmas just keeps getting better
we still sing the carols and bake Mama’s special cake
and write Christmas Poems and Newsletters!!!

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3 Responses to “2014 Christmas Contest: Christmas Memories”
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  2. Hi Betty! Do you see them? We are getting some spam, so each comment has to be approved before it shows up. I see that there aren’t any comments pending approval. Please let me know if you can’t find what you’re looking for!



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