Saturday, December 1, 2007

Memory Month: Christmas 2004

I was talking to my mom on the phone earlier, and I found out that she's planning on flying up to Minnesota to stay with my brother for Christmas. My brother is a PhD student and has taken on a part-time job which has him working almost every day during December. There was no way he could've flown down to Texas to stay with my mom this year. And since Roy and I already knew we weren't going to be able to travel for Christmas this year, we all might have ended up having separate Christmases (which, so far, has been unheard of for our family). So I am beyond thrilled that my mom is flying to see him.

As I wrote before, this will be the first Christmas I won't be seeing my family. It has been the 3 of us for so many years. Even when my brother was married, he would spend Christmas Eve at home with us, and his (now) ex-wife would spend Christmas Eve at her parents' house. (They lived in the same town, so it wasn't a huge deal.) The 3 of us would open our presents, eat a ton of food, and just talk. Sometimes it'd been a whole year since we'd seen each other, so it was awesome to reconnect.

One of our best Christmases was in 2004. That was the year it snowed like crazy - in south Texas, of all places! (The last time it really snowed in south Texas was 20 years before, when I was 5.) The snow began late Christmas Eve afternoon. We were at my brother's ex-in-law's house hanging out, and we decided to leave because the roads were getting really icy. So we drove back to my mom's house, and later it started snowing! We got all bundled up and went outside to play in the snow. It was so much fun. No one was able to come over the next day because all the roads were closed, which was also different. (Normally, my dad and uncle come over on Christmas Day for lunch and presents.) We sat around all day and were just lazy. We really enjoyed the foot of snow that fell the night before. It was our first and only white Christmas.

Here are some pics from that year. It was truly a great Christmas. I am going to miss seeing my mom, brother, dad, and uncle very much this year, but I am also happy to have my first ever California Christmas.

My mom and I having a blast in the snow (with a bottle of MGD, because that's how we Texans roll!):

My brother, covered in snow:

Me, also covered in snow (and with much shorter hair, different glasses, and a really red nose):

My mom's house on Christmas Day:

One thing Texas has is really cool trees:

Here's to fond Christmas memories and to memories in general!


WeezerMonkey said...


I'm going to say it yet again. I love this post. :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry you won't get to go home this Christmas, but I hope it's another good one. That's awesome you mom is flying to see your brother! :)


Nanette said...

Pretty pictures! And I'm sure you'll have a great California Christmas!

A Real Librarian said...

This is a very sweet post!!

Last year, DH and I were not able to go 'home' for Christmas, so we spent it, just the two of us. It was my first Christmas ever away from my family, and it was really hard at first. But we had a wonderful relaxing Christmas - and it was perfect because we were together.

I hope your Christmas is as special.

Kim Photography said...

I will miss having a White Christmas.

kat - said...

I miss snow so much! I sucks not being with family for the holidays, but I'm sure you guys will still have fun.

Discombobulated said...

I love that picture of you and your mom.

Brenda said...

Wow, those pictures are great Les! Love the one of you and your mom. You look good in short hair too :)

amber said...

what a great post --- and great pictures too!

i really hope this year's christmas is as fun as much fun the one in 2004. :)

Lesli said...

I very much related to this blog as my Christmas may be separate from my husband this year and different in a lot of ways. I found myself these past few days just thinking over past Christmases and how I spent them and who I spent them with. And it was really never about what presents I got that year, but rather who I was with and the memories I carry with me. Your "memory month" is a great idea, by the way.