Last Christmas I wrote this post which mentioned how my mum still had one of the chocolates from 1959 in her box of decorations - and if you read Kathy's comment, she found this very difficult to believe (anyone who knows my mum will not find it so hard to believe!). So I was determined to get it to show you it really does exist. But to do this has been a very delicate operation, because if she thought I was making fun of her, I would be immediately struck from "the will". However, with some very gentle persuasion, as you can see I am now the proud owner of possibly the oldest chocolate tree decoration in the world.
I was thinking today about the Christmas when mum was unable to cook the Christmas lunch. We loved mums roast dinners, and her stuffing was legendary. Mum and dad had never gone out on Christmas Eve before, but it was the year that dad had been made redundant from the Coal Board and he was working for a builder who lived just around the corner. The builder and his wife invited mum and dad round for drinks. I don't think mum really wanted to go, but as I was about 16 years old, I was deemed old enough to look after my brother and sister - off they went. Unfortunately, they sat mum next to the whisky decanter and she came home a little worse for wear.
That year, Santa put all the presents in the wrong sacks!
We children were utterly disgusted and adamant that she wasn't going to spoil the day, so we all piled into mum and dads bed as usual on Christmas morning to open our gifts - she got greener and greener as the smell of chocolate from the selection boxes wafted through the air.
She couldn't get out of bed, and it dawned on us that we would have to make the dinner. I think what finished her off was when my sister went upstairs with the basin full of stuffing ingredients and thrust it under her nose to see if it looked OK!
We all sat downstairs eating our lunch, whilst a disgraced woman lay in bed trying to force down two digestive biscuits and a glass of water. She never went out on Christmas Eve again.