Thursday, 17 October 2013

Reminiscing.

My mama and I spent yesterday evening looking through all our old photo albums and reminiscing; we're putting together a memory book for my Grandmother and over the last few weeks we've laughed, we've cried and it has confirmed just how important family is. We found a lot of photographs from past Christmases and although most years it was just my mama and I, she always made sure we had the best day full of games, crackers and the compulsory wearing of those silly paper hats!

This is a picture of me and my beautiful Grandmother on my first Christmas and I think I'm looking pretty happy with everything. I seem to be thoroughly dressed up for the occasion with my little red dress and white tights & I've always had those chubby cheeks! This looks like it was a good day, I get a lot of happy vibes from looking at this photograph and I like that. It's one of my most treasured photographs.

Here I am on my third Chrismas looking thoroughly stylish in my tartan skirt, frilly jumper and incredibly fetching paper hat whilst clutching my favourite doll. I used to love changing her outfits and she was one of those that did a wee when you made her drink water, yep, that was a thing. I insisted she went everywhere with me for years and I think I still have her somewhere tucked safely away in a box. She was always too sentimental for me to part with.

Each year there's a photograph with me & the gifts I received that year and I look at them now and think how spoiled I was! Don't get me wrong, I was never Dudley Dursely-esque counting them out and demanding there be more than last year, although I do think being an only child has something to do with it. I remember feeling really grateful each Christmas and always insisted on writing and posting thank you cards on Christmas afternoon, but I'm not sure I completely appreciated then just how lucky I was. It's something I feel now & partly why I like to always do that little bit extra for my Mama whenever I can, whether that's doing the weekly shop, making her a cup of tea or treating her to something she would really like but would never buy for herself. 1994 looks like it was the year of Polly Pocket, Barbie & giant penguins for five year old me. I loved that heart shaped Polly Pocket house & I spent hours playing with it. I also loved the incredibly over the top Barbie car and horse box! Side note, check out the retro television set and those fabulous arm covers on the red velvet sofas - hello early 90's!

Finally on my little trip down a Christmas filled memory lane I unearthed a picture that makes me laugh every time I look at it. This is me, with a look of pure, incredibly serious, concentration at my Primary School Christingle service. Said face of concentration is because that's a real candle, I was only 4 and moments before we had all been told to be very careful or we may set ourselves or someone else alight. Needless to say I was terrified, but thankfully we all left in once piece with not a singed hair in sight! To this day I still remember the relief when it was taken out of my hands. I wonder if they still use real candles in schools or if they have to be battery operated?

Looking through old photographs is one of my favourite things to do every so often and now I'm thoroughly in the festive spirit even though it might be a little too early to be so excited. Mark and I are going to visit a few garden centres this weekend because their Christmas shops are open and I love looking around them so much. It's one of our little yearly traditions and it's one I hope we continue for many years to come.

As well as being a little look back into my childhood, this post is also my entry to the DotComGiftShop Christmas themed competition they're running (I think to enter all you have to do is write about something to do with Christmas & email it over to them) so even though this isn't a requirement, I thought I'd share a few of the decorations I think I'm going to purchase this year. Mark & I are adding a few new decorations to our tree each year, this will be our third Christmas in our home and I'm looking forward to seeing our tree look a little less bare this year!

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Do you like looking through old pictures?
Are you a lover of Christmas? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo 

53 comments:

  1. Beautiful post with equally beautiful writing <3!
    It's made me feel all warm and Christmassy too! It always takes the little things :) x

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  2. I have to admit, I am a bit of a scrooge when it comes to Christmas, I don't get all festive until there's only a couple of weeks to go.I do love looking back over old photos, but there aren't all that many from the last few years as I have only recently started thinking about actually having some of the photos printed out.

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    1. It's so easy to leave pictures on a hard drvie somewhere, I think we're all guilty of that! xo

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  3. I am in Christmas mood already my playlist has Michael Bubles christmas cd and I am looking for ideas for my house decorations for this year....I just love Christmas
    Kisses from Greece
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  4. Gorgeous post! Love the Christmas memories! Equally LOVE how you have a photo of you every Christmas - definitely something I want to do with my babies someday.
    Can't wait to go Christmas 'crap' shopping as I call it... garden centres are always a winner!
    x

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    1. Me too, I'm excited to carry on the tradition! xo

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  5. Aaw, bless you! You are so cute, and you were rocking that tartan aha <3 These totally remind me of my own Christmas photo's, complete with 90's memorabilia and all! xxx

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    1. Haha it's so much fun to look back! xo

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  6. I'm constantly looking through old photos, they never fail to make me smile! Yours are so cute :) xx
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  7. aww these photos are so sweet....its always nice but so strange to look back at old photos :) really can't believe its nearly christmas again though! x

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  8. Fantastic post and great pictures, I really adore old pictures. Delighted I discovered your blog a few weeks back I'm really enjoying it!

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  9. This is the sweetest post! I love your old photos :-) your nana looks like such a sweetie. xx

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  10. I love this! I've got a scrapbook that my grandma made me when I graduated high school, from the time I was a baby, and it's my favourite thing and I look through it when I miss my family or need a laugh. I like that everyone used to print pictures as keepsakes!

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  11. Aww Jennie what a wonderful post <3 Such a unique idea too! Your pics are gorgeous- can totally see it's you on the second :-) Must say I'm not the biggest xmas fan ever (my Mum is obsessed!) but am starting to listen to Christmas music already, I love how memorable & meaningful it can be. Adore your festive picks too, especially the cute snowman!

    Sophie x soinspo

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    1. Aww, it's probably technically a little early for Christmas music, but it's just so uplifting hehe xo

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  12. These photos are just lovely :) I love looking back through old pictures, it's amazing the memories they can drag up.
    Christmas has always been extra special in our house because it's my brother's birthday, too, so there was always family everywhere which is lovely :)
    I adore this post <3

    Jess xo

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    1. Aww that's so lovely, double celebration! xo

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  13. What an adorable post! I love the pictures of you as a kid, so adorable! x

    Fernanda | Ferdie's Beauty Finds

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  14. I can't wait for Christmas! Everything is wonderful at that time of the year. And it's always nice to see old photos and remember the good times :)x

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  15. Yes, family is so important and Christmas is pretty awesome. I'm already getting a bit too excited about Christmas. I need to calm down a bit for a couple of weeks haha :)

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  16. Aww what lovely pictures! I had a tiny tears doll too, I used to make my mum buy premature baby nappies for it xx

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  17. I love looking through old photos, and seeing other peoples. Thanks for sharing! -Hanna Marie

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  18. Ah I love looking through old photographs and talking about the memories they stir up. Amazing arm rest covers! X

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  19. These photos are so lovely...you were such a cutie and I love the one of you with the Christingle haha! xxx

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    1. Such a serious little face ;)

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  20. Such lovely photos! Can't wait for Christmas!

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    1. It's an exciting time of year <3

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  21. I love christmas and old photos! This post made me all warm inside. xo
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  22. cute old photos! I'm also excited when I look at my old photos :)

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  23. You were such an adorable child Jennie! I love your beautiful hair, it's like gold <3 xxx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  24. I love looking through old photos and making people memory books - they make such special gifts. I also had that heart shaped Polly Pocket and remember spending hours on end playing with it - oh to be young again! Lovely post - made me feel very Christmassy

    Jenny xx ramblingsofajaffacat.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I love rummaging through old photos, and remembering the story behind them.

    You were very cute as a kid :)

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  26. The posts like this one are about to warm anybody's heart, mine as well. I'm glad I stubmled upon your blog via Wander to wonder:)

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  27. I love looking at old pictures, even if the people in the photos are unknown to me, there is just something which the click of a camera shutter catches in an instance which last a lifetime that I find fascinating. I have just been sent some photos of my maternal Grandmother who I never knew, and it is incredible to see a photo of the face of a woman which looks so familiar yet holds so many mysteries to me. x

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