a Very Merry to You!

My dear sewing friends, I wish you a very Merry Holiday at this time of year. I’ve been enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation and prepping for a beautiful new year to come. I was reading in my Romancing the Ordinary book the other night and was prompted to think of 5 of my happiest holiday memories. I thought it only apropos to share and though they may not mean much to you, it might prompt you to pipe in with one of your happiest holiday memories. I love hearing and reading things like this, so here goes.

One of my fondest Christmas memories is sucker making. When I was very young, and we were rather poor, my mum would make homemade sucker bouquets (with the exceptional help of me and my sis, of course) and take them around to friends in the neighborhood. It’s such a vivid and delightful memory, mostly I think, because of the way suckers smell and they smell delicious. Candy making is always fun at the holidays, but suckers hold a very special place for me.

Something I’m going to miss dearly, but can still hear as clear as the “polar express bell” is the sound of my grandmother’s yuletide storytelling. Every year, she would buy a new children’s Christmas story and read it to us, along with the traditional bible story on Christmas Eve. She was truly the best storyteller!

Do you have a special Christmas/holiday video that your mother taped from those old CBS specials? We do. Oh dear, its to die for! It was originally on VHS, but has recently been transferred over to DVD. It contains 4 movies specially video taped from 1987: Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas & Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. This movie is complete with all of the 1987 Christmas commercials from that year. It’s truly outrageous!

When I used to live at home, before getting married and such, my sister and I used to sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve. We would wake up around midnight and open our gifts to each other and then arise far too early, wake up my parents and brother and sit around opening gifts and making merry.

Last, but not least, one of my favorite Christmas memories and traditions is my grandparents’ Christmas Day Breakfast. It’s such a good and hearty breakfast, replete with waffles, homemade syrup, baked eggs, sausage, ham, orange juice and much much more. What’s more, I guess, is that as I grew older, it became much more cherished to know my grandparents do it all on their own. This is no small task as my family is enormous with something like 75+ members with more on the way every year, but there’s always enough food for everyone.

Well, there you go. A little of my heart this holiday season, to you! I would love to hear some of your favorite holiday traditions, be they Christmas or related holidays. I do so hope that you have a wonderful season of cheer! I’ll be back soon, I suppose, with more sewing/domesticity goodness and sweetness for the coming year. A very merry to you!


  • VictoriaR - Suni,
    Merry, merry Christmas to you!
    I, too, have a holiday VHS tape made sometime in the late 1980s. It is of the movie “Holiday Inn”. It is the Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire movie that introduced “White Christmas”. I watch this terrible tape every year. I always fast-forward through the commercials and the really stupid parts of the movie. I’ve been really busy so I have not watched it yet this year. I’m looking forward to spending some time this week with that movie.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - For me Christmas is a couple of things. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and pancakes. My Dad is not the family chef but my Mom cannot make pancakes to save her life. So as an extra ‘present’ to my mom on Christmas Day my dad would make a pancake breakfast for the family.
    Most recently Christmas has been watching A Christmas Story at midnight while I finish wrapping the presents and making sure my own kids are really asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry - Merry Christmas to you too Sunni!
    My Dad, I mean Santa, always had a hole in his pocket and used to leave a trail of Mackintoshes Toffees from the chimney to the Christmas tree…
    It is funny the little things you remember as a child!ReplyCancel

  • Claire (aka Seemane) - I love family traditions too at this time of year!
    Have a very merry yourself Sunni (& Mr. too of course).
    Best wishes,
    Claire xReplyCancel

  • Alessa - Oh, what lovely holiday memories! In Germany, gifts are traditionally opened on Christmas Eve, so I remember that as a little kid, me and my sister would watch holiday movies (Little Lord Fauntleroy and Santa Claus: The Movie) while my parents got the dinner preparations under way. In the late afternoon, we’d go to church and watch the pageant, and afterwards, when we got home, the door to the sitting room would be closed and we were only allowed to enter after the ringing of the bell. When we were allowed to get in, there would be the beautifully decorated tree and presents, which we would open after Christmas dinner and singing carols. Of course, it was my dad who put up the tree and brought the presents, as he would always find a pretext of leaving church (incense allergy was a favorite ;), but when we were little, we believed it was Baby Jesus (over here, Santa Claus/St. Nicolas leaves nuts and tangerines and apples on Dec. 6, not gifts on Christmas).ReplyCancel

  • LunaLoo - Merry Christmas to you too Sunni! It’s a long story but coming towards a happy place.This is the first year in five years that I’ve put up a Christmas tree. It feels good and it’s about time. I love the stories, may you all have a wonderful Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Sophia - Merry Christmas! The festival day is coming now, I am so excited about it. I have planed a great time with my family. Your story is warm and I enjoy it. thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Christmas has been cheerful especially coming from a family of 7. I remember my parents taking us to trip at resorts and I with my 4 siblings would go swimming until we had enough. Though my sisters and brother weren’t there on Christmas Eve, I had a wonderful and memorable Christmas spent with my parents and relatives.ReplyCancel

  • Allen - Merry Christmas. We have some old videos of Christmas of the past, but I’ve seen those so many times that I can dream the contents. Now I just like to create new warm and exciting memories with my family.ReplyCancel

  • McCall - Hello Sunni!
    I so miss the breakfasts at The Grand People’s house. Such fun and so delish! I have tried baked eggs elsewhere, and Grandpa is the only one who can do it properly.
    I decided to take a look at your blog again after waaaayyy too long – I don’t have much time these days what with chasing the beasties I’ve got. I love to see what you’re doing. It makes me want to break out my sewing and DO something. Sigh. The only thing I’ve sewn in years is patches. About 4 years ago I bought a pattern and material for a wrap dress. It is still in the bag from the store and buried under my Christmas decorations. Such is my life.
    Happy NEW YEAR!

  • RobinD. - Lovely post; you write beautifully. I am trying to think of a polite way to beg, borrow or steal a copy of your 1987 Christmas DVD!ReplyCancel