A “Christmas In Spring” Recollection


Young Love, Young Marriages

Mom was 15-1/2 months older than my dad.  They married when they were 17 and 18. I was born when my mom was 19–seven months shy of her 20th birthday.  My parents had three children.  And, I was 11 years older than my first brother and 16 years older than my youngest.

Keeping with the young marrying pattern in our family, I  married my husband just two months after I turned 18.   I gave birth to our first son when I was 19, just one week shy of being 20.  And, our eldest son married when he was 19 and had his first son when he was 20.

Young Families

When I married at 18 my youngest brother was just two and my oldest brother was seven and my parents were still in their thirties.  And, we were a close-knit family and lived only two miles apart.  In fact, our eldest son was only three and one-half years younger than my youngest brother and 8-3/4 years younger than my oldest brother.  And now you are probably asking; “what’s the point with all these family statistics?”

The point is my brothers and our sons grew up in the same community, went to the same schools and church, played in the same CYO sports teams, had the same hobbies and interests, and hung out with each other nearly every day–they were like brothers!  That’s the first point.

Secondly, my eldest brother and my eldest son married in 1985 and 1986, respectively, which meant they started having children about the same time with each having three.  Our family had its own baby boom years between 1985 and 2002–with the bulk of them being born between the ten-year-span of 1985-1995.  In all, we had 10 grandchildren and 6 nieces and nephews with more great nieces and great-grandchildren years later.

But thirdly, our family celebrated holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and simply most Sundays together.  My parents had a large rec room where the kids could play and our house was the alternate and kids were everywhere inside and out.  None of our individual family units were wealthy–we young and struggling to make ends meet.

Finally, our economic status meant that we celebrated Christmas together with homemade foods and crafts.  During those years I also began a tradition of writing letters, poems, and song parodies for and about our family, and as entertainment.

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, my nephew, Brandon, celebrated his 31st birthday.  He is the second oldest child of my eldest brother.  So when I happened upon the following song parody to the Twelve Days of Christmas I thought why wait until Christmas to post it?  Unfortunately, the document wasn’t dated but based on the content and all those included in it, I would say it was 1992–some 26 years ago!

On the first day of Christmas, little Matthew gave to me
a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the second day of Christmas little Jaclyn gave to me,
two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the third day of Christmas little Andrew gave to me, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas little Michael gave to me, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas little Justin gave to me, five trees to climb, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas little Joey gave to me, six “no I didn’ts,” five trees to climb, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas little Brandon gave to me, seven “I don’t like its,” six “no I didn’ts,” five trees to climb, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas little Jessica gave to me, eight feet-a -tapping, seven “I don’t like its,” six “no I didn’ts,” five trees to climb, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the nineth day of Christmas Mom and Dad gave to me,  nine Tucker’s breakfasts, eight feet-a -tapping, seven “I don’t like its,” six “no I didn’ts,” five trees to climb, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas Frank and Diane gave to me, ten “sorry we’re lates,” nine Tucker’s breadfasts, eight feet-a -tapping, seven “I don’t like its,” six “no I didn’ts,” five trees to climb, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas John and Joyce gave to me, eleven macaroni and cheeses, ten “sorry we’re lates,” nine Tucker’s breadfasts, eight feet-a -tapping, seven “I don’t like its,” six “no I didn’ts,” five trees to climb, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas Bob and Linda gave to me,  twelve “AAAAAaaaaaaaaaaa’s,”eleven macaroni and cheeses, ten “sorry we’re lates,” nine Tucker’s breadfasts, eight feet-a -tapping, seven “I don’t like its,” six “no I didn’ts,” five trees to climb, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On this extra day of Christmas Jeff gave to me, thirteen half-filled slurpies, twelve “AAAAAaaaaaaaaaaa’s,”eleven macaroni and cheeses, ten “sorry we’re lates,” nine Tucker’s breadfasts, eight feet-a -tapping, seven “I don’t like its,” six “no I didn’ts,” five trees to climb, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On this bonus day of Christmas Brian and Jen gave to me, fourteen sometimes sleep-ins, thirteen half-filled slurpies, twelve “AAAAAaaaaaaaaaaa’s,”eleven macaroni and cheeses, ten “sorry we’re lates,” nine Tucker’s breadfasts, eight feet-a -tapping, seven “I don’t like its,” six “no I didn’ts,” five trees to climb, four Joey did-its, three aaa-aaa-aaa’s, two “mate-a-minits”, and a first step toward the newly decorated tree.

On this extra day of Christmas Bob and Joanne gave to thee, fifteen days of Christmas and a wish for a Happy New Year!

–Author, Joanne Dickinson, December 1992

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