December 9, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 50): Memories of Santa

Sharing Memories Week 50: Memories of Santa
1963 I took my niece & nephew to see Santa
Welcome to Week 50 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.   I hope you'll join us and share your memoirs and childhood memories for your descendants.

If you are just joining us, please take a peek at our earlier prompts (There are over 150!) that will help you write your stories. Just click on the Sharing Memories tab at the top of Olive Tree Genealogy blog. You can jump in at any time and you can skip topics and prompts that you don't like. There are no rules, it's all about getting your stories and memories down on paper. The prompts are here as a guide to help if you are stuck for ideas.

This seems a good time to talk about our memories of Santa. Were you one of the lucky ones who went to a mall or department store and sat on Santa's knee? I made sure my children and even some of my nieces and nephews got to do that.

But I never experienced that Santa.  I had drunk Santa. Yep. When I was little, Christmas Eve was pretty exciting, and before bed Santa would show up at our front door. He smelled of liquor and was always red-faced. He laughed a lot and stumbled around our living room before sitting down to join my dad for a few drinks.

I don't remember him saying much to me but I think he did ask what I wanted for Christmas. He'd stay a long time drinking and laughing with my dad, then off he'd go stumbling through the snow to the next house on our street.  Many years later I found out it was Mr. Hart, our next-door neighbour playing the part of Santa.


Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Sounds like your Santa was a bit overwhelming and not too appealing Lorine. Store Santas are a bit more "controlled". I remember my daughter being terrified of Santa when she was about three. Wishing you a happy Christmas 2012.

PS I have lots of your shared memories themes to catch up on...

Kristin said...

I'm glad you made sure your kids and niece and nephew had some happier memories of Santa!

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Pauleen, It never bothered me that Santa was drunk! I thought that was just the way Santa was :-)

We're almost done this year's Sharing Memories so time for me to print off the last 3 years worth and develop next year's! Have to make sure I'm not repeating any

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Kristin, I honestly didn' t mind except I wish I had pics of me on Santa's lap like a lot of my friends have!

Yvonne Demoskoff said...

Hi, Lorine. I just posted an article about my memories of Santa at

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Just tried to leave a comment on your Sharing Memories story of Santa, Yvonne - but can't get it to "take"

Will try again tomorrow, could be the bad weather we are having

Kim said...

Wonderful memories of Santa! I've just found your writing prompts and am excited that you've got them all online because I would love to join in after Xmas. I'm hoping you will keep this going. All the best to you and yours at this time of year. Kim

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Kim - I am glad you've joined us. You probably noticed I have 3 years of weekly writing prompts.

I took last year off to regroup and organize the prompts so I know what I have not yet covered!

Hoping to start up again in 2014.