Christmas Past

Russ Crites and Sisters - Christmas, 1951

2 of my 5 mothers 1951 (sisters)

Thinking today about Christmas Past. Looking at these old pictures brings back some real good memories. Of course I don’t remember the 1951 Christmas, but I do the 1959 picture with my Dad. Looks like a very happy boy in that picture.

You know Christmas was always very special and I was always happy at that age and for some years after that. Then came some Christmas’s that weren’t very happy and I lost the spirit of Christmas along the way. It got so bad that I used to dread Christmas coming along when I was a young man in my 20’s.

Russ and Bill Crites - Christmas 1959

Happy Boy and his Dad – 1959

When I married Mary Pat she loved Christmas so much and made it so enjoyable. I came around gradually and now as I look at that 8 year old boy in the picture I know how he feels again. It is just wonderful to have family and friends around this time of year and I thank the Good Lord I can smile like that 8 year old boy again this time of year. It is a time not to expect gifts but a time to be thankful for all the blessings that have come to me in the past 62 years and to be overwhelmed by the goodness of my God.

Thanks to all who read this blog, these random thoughts that I put down, are just fragments of my past and I’m glad to share them with you. I had a lot to learn along the way and one of the best lessons I learned is that we have not screwed up so badly ever that we can’t start again. Glad I can smile today and be glad that Christmas is here like that 8 year old boy.

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  1. Glena says:

    Love reading your stories, so many close to home.
    Merry Christmas

    • Slim says:

      Thanks Glena, Merry Christmas…

  2. Elena says:

    I love your memoirs! You write so well I can place myself back in time, I feel like I am there! Bless your heart Russ and a very Merry Christmas!

    • Slim says:

      Thank you Elena, you and your girls have a blessed Christmas, and I’m glad a fragment of my past lights up for you.. I’m truly blessed to have come out of the fog into the light of day..

  3. Nikki Alaee says:

    I absolutely love that picture of you and Grandpa. I don’t remember seeing that one before, but I can always recognize those handsome (happy) faces.

    • Robyn says:

      Merry Christmas, Uncle Russ. Thanks for sharing memories.

  4. Tim Mack says:

    Just found out about your blog. Like what you had to say about Christmas. I had a similar transformation when I married the daughter of the mother on your left. She is missed. For the most part I am getting to live a dream these days. Just need to get a few more pieces into my puzzle. Thanks Russ

  5. Slim says:

    Thanks Tim, I know you keep Christmas all year long. It’s a great place to be.

  6. Helene Stone says:

    Your stories are such a joy to read. Merry Christmas!

    • Slim says:

      Thank you Helene, Hope you had a Merry Christmas too. We really had a nice Christmas.. Keep comin back and bring your friends..

  7. Michelle says:

    I love your stories! You write so well..Keep them coming! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Tom Norman says:

    Here Here Russ!

  9. Slim says:

    Thanks Tom.. Glad you enjoyed it..

  10. Clark Beene says:

    Uncle Russ, Are the “two mothers” Astrid and my mom?

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