My mum never did anything by half and Christmas was one of those things that was just magical in my home growing up. When I was younger the decorations and tree would always go up on 19th December, the day prior to my birthday and there would be crape streamers strung across the ceiling and paper bells and balls hanging from ceiling too. Everyone got involved in decorating, It was a real family affair.
Christmas decorating took a back seat after my Dad died, that is until the Grandchildren came along and then again, my mums house was a festive wonder filled with tacky decorations along side the more traditional. She might have complained about decorating, but once she made a start she wasn’t content until the Lounge, Dinning Room and Hall were all festive.
Taking down those decorations last year broke my heart and I wouldn’t have been able to manage without the help of my wonderful sister in law and even this year it is too raw to have all of them out (we split them between us), however, I do have some of them and these are the legacy that my mum leaves to me and that I will pass on to my children.
So My mum’s legacy this year is the wonderful decorations above, which I have placed through out my home. The plastic Santa decorations, which are older than me, along with the small bears too. Her Angel on top of my tree and Disney Decorations she bought with my Brother every time they went to Disney Land. Each year we shall get out our decorations and think of her and maybe next year I will bring out more of her decorations and remember fondly the woman that shaped me and made me the mother I am today. I miss you Mum, I love you Mum and you will forever live in in my heart.