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Christmas Memories Past

Challenge for FOPP - Christmas Memories

Melody23 provided a Christmas Challenge for members (if you are not a member, it's free to join and great to join in, you can see the challenge here ) on Christmas Memories and Kasman said he had been kicking around for over half a century, so he should have plenty of memories of all kinds. I have a few of my own, having been around for even longer than that and this particular one came to mind.

WARNING - Not for the sensitive

If you are of a sensitive, caring and tender nature, you will NOT WANT TO READ THIS. If you continue to read, do not say you were not warned. This is highly insensitive.

Many Years Ago,

When I was but a teenager and still living at home, young enough to have to do as I was told, but old enough to be let into a few of the adult secrets that the younger ones were not told, in case they blabbed them round the village, I lived in a pharmacy because my father was a pharmacist or chemist as it is known in the UK. There were all kinds of families living in the village, many of them highly intelligent, like us(!) and other just a little less so, shall we say? The pharmacy heard a few secrets or two!

The Corpse in the Corner

One family was celebrating Christmas very well, with plenty of juice of the barley flowing, along with the hops and of course, Christmas dinner. It was an extended family with granny, daughter and her husband and grandchildren all celebrating in a small house. Granny had a rocking chair in the corner by the fire to keep warm and partook along with everyone else. But when it came to dinner time, she was asleep. So the rest of the party went on without her, crackers and chicken and Christmas pud and more alcohol - with granny asleep, there was more for everyone else. It was only at bedtime they realised that her sleep was the long one. She had sat dead in her rocking chair for the whole afternoon and evening, while they all pulled crackers and watched the Queen's Speech on the TV before they thought to take a closer look at her.

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bestwriter wrote on December 16, 2014, 6:44 PM

It will be fun to write on this subject. Off I go now emoticon :smile:

bestwriter wrote on December 16, 2014, 7:05 PM

Good they did not find the granny dead before the party (lol)

Feisty56 wrote on December 16, 2014, 7:05 PM

I would imagine there were more than a few family members with guilt to deal with after that Christmas fiasco.

AngelSharum wrote on December 16, 2014, 7:27 PM

I'm sure that was how she wanted to go. Surrounded by family.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on December 16, 2014, 7:39 PM

I don't know what kind of Christmas memories I can write about. There are so many different kinds, some funny but most are sad and bittersweet. :)

Ellis wrote on December 16, 2014, 8:54 PM

Okay, can I go back to my sensitive, caring and tender nature now? lol

carmela wrote on December 17, 2014, 4:21 AM

your grandmothers heart must have been overwhelmed with joy seeing her whole family gathered together on that day.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 17, 2014, 11:24 AM

Interesting story, lol. Christmas memories, there are many I can recall, some funny and some not so funny.

Kasman wrote on December 17, 2014, 5:38 PM

Highly insensitive indeed! Am I the only one who thinks this is has an element of humour in it?

scheng1 wrote on December 17, 2014, 8:40 PM

She must have died peacefully with a smile on her face, that's why nobody noticed anything.

GemOfAGirl wrote on December 18, 2014, 7:48 PM

That's not the worst way to go, but I'm sure her loved ones must have felt terrible about it after they realized what had happened.

MegL wrote on December 19, 2014, 1:10 AM

GemOfAGirl , No, afraid not. They were more (a) surprised that she had died and (b) somewhat annoyed that she had spoiled the end of Christmas Day! It was just a good job they hadn't realised earlier or she might have spoiled Christmas Dinner!

GemOfAGirl wrote on December 19, 2014, 1:47 AM

Well that's kind of sad - I'm sure she didn't intend to ruin the end of the day for everyone else!

MegL wrote on December 19, 2014, 1:51 AM

The family was not known for being one of the "brighter" stars in the village, which is why I warned about this being insensitive. The incident provoked quite a lot of laughter - and not kindly laughter, either. As for the granny, she was of the "that'll teach 'em" school.

paigea wrote on December 30, 2014, 12:56 PM

Well if I were the granny that would be a great way to go on my last day.