Thanksgiving through New Years bring lots of memories for all of us. The smell of roasted turkey, freshly baked cookies, decorating the Christmas tree, unwrapping gifts, the sound of children’s laughter, candlelight service on Christmas eve at church and ringing in the New Year with a toast. One of my earliest and fondest memories is our yearly Christmas visit to my maternal grandparents. My grandparents lived out of town, so our Christmas celebration with them always occurred the Sunday before Christmas. I remember the excitement of packing up the car with all our gifts and charging from the car to the open arms of my grandparents. My grandparents were the first people I knew who had a silver metallic Christmas tree complete with the colored wheel that spun around to light up the tree. It was so fun to sit and watch the tree change colors. While the tree filled me with excitement, my most anticipated thing was choosing a gum drop off their gum drop tree. I always chose a red gum drop, yum, I can still taste its sweetness as I popped it in my mouth.
When my children were young, I bought a gum drop tree from a mail order catalog. Every Christmas since, I have set it out all filled with gum drops. It doesn’t take long for the tree to be empty as my children and now grandchildren all gather round to remove their favorite color. Memories are so sweet.