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Thursday, December 25, 2008
  Christmas Memories...

Verily, I've got so many fond memories of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that I don't know where to start...


We're all like that, assuredly.

Not all of us will share these memories on a blog though - I assume...!

I shall - starting now!

1972
I remember first being aware of the TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS then - just as I was being taught that the Boston Bruins dominated the NHL, that there was no Santa Claus but that there was a Saint Nicholas and that Christ was God...
And we were celebrating His birthday, first and foremost!
I remember it because I vividly recall being held next to the window curtains - and the Nativity Set was set up there, too...  I reached out to grab the curtains - presumably to get them out of my view, as they were obstructing it from gazing at Baby Jesus in the Manger - and I was told "não se mecho nas cortinhas!" in a playful way...  I responded "O Kiko" and everyone thought I was trying to say "curtains" or "cortinhas" - but I truly meant "O Cristo"... The Christ!
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1975
I remember awaiting the Day so anxiously - my godfather worked in a toy factory and his wife (and my aunt, on top of godmother) had promised me "a box full of new toys" mostly action figures as they knew it was what I prefered...  Most in the family knew it was all creative little me needed - the characters - as I made up my playsets of whatever surroundings I would find myself in!  I was told, therefore, that a whole new slew of characters were headed my way on Christmas - and I braced for it big time!  I introduced a storyline into my playtime - making my already present toys prepare for the influx of "new blood" into the mix!  I was primed and ready in mid-November, already, to welcome the new characters into my stories!  I even gave a name to the new group of characters - whose components I had narrow a clue about; all I knew was that they would be, for the greater part, ACTION FIGURES...!   I had to bide my time though - obviously - and begrudgingly did so...  Until, finally, the day arrived!  And the disappointment to find that I already had most of the good ones in the lot - and the rest were actually discontinued or outright thrown-away faulty models - was stingingly great! 
I never again pumped myself up so much for ANY sort of gift - ever again in my life! 
(The moral being: we can anticipate with baited breath, we sure can do so, when the Gift comes from the Divine - but not when it will come from mortal, human hands!)
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1978
I remember receiving my first train set, back then... That was an event!  I incorporated it into all my playtime stories for years to come!  Just for realism's sake...
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1981
The first Christmas without her saintly mother for my cousin São...
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1982
My first "adult" gift unwrapping: when I was given a NEW SUIT!  Wow - I was no longer a BOY; I was now a MAN!
I don't like to even wear a suit!
Still don't...
Certainly will NOT wear a TIE...
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1986
I am not sure if it was after the World Series disappointment that year, or on Christmas Day per say; all I know is that it certifiably is THE YEAR in which I first drank enough beer in order to both get drunk AND decide that I definitvely did not like the taste of beer in the first place...!

Aye, I most probably got drunk on BOTH occasions...
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1990
My first Christmas as a University student!
'Nuff said....
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1999
The Ultimate Christmas -
or so I thought!
(And, yes ;  I fast-forwarded to the end of the millennium right away, just to save myself some anecdotes from the years 1991-1998 that I can't remember in whole right now...!  Saving them for later - on the Saudades Blog!)
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2004
The Attempted Break-In Christmas Night!
I will always fondly remember that one: "Santa" was stoned -aye, real high!- and tried getting in here while everyone was presumably fast asleep...  Ahh, but I was NOT asleep!  I liked the succession of events that followed: I got to shout at "Santa", defame "Santa" to his face,  rumble with "Santa", call the cops on "Santa" when he came back for more, watch as he got maced (pepper-sprayed, really) in my backyard, handcuffed and beaten some more - not to mention slammed upon the hood of the car and thrown in there for good measure!  
All that - and he hadn't even brought any gifts - the fat bastard!
And then - I got to call a certain someone at 4 IN THE MORNING - a certain someone that I blamed for the whole sordid happening...  I shouted some more, defamed some more, insulted and threatened the JERK... Here's to you, Gourgen Sevantsian - I will NEVER FORGET THAT... (Fat chance I'll ever FORGIVE it!) 
I hope you have a lousy 2009!
But I am digressing  right here - and this is NOT the lambasting blog either...!
Let's move on...!
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2006
My first Christmas without a father - with a new, luminous guardian angel, watching over me...
The first Christmas of Senhora Maria Adelina Pimentel without her beloved husband João Jacinto...
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2007
The first Christmas without a father for the Da Lima sisters - and the first without her own hubby for Senhora Ines Rebelo, all relatives of mine...   I know how they must have felt...
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And then there's this year -
the first Christmas for another set of relatives (Martina and Margarida come to mind) without a near and dear one among them - whether it is a husband, a son or a brother...
I know how you feel...
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And EVERY Christmas, at least since the mid-1980s, that is, THE song that moves me the most remains the same one, as well it should be too:

Do They Know It's Christmas Time? 




Three words that should haunt us all tonight,

just like the aforementioned question does:
FEED
THE
WORLD
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
  1980s...







































































It was a good time
to dream;
of adventure,
of dalliances,
of epic ramifications.
'Twas a good decade
to grow-up in;
to mature,
to nurture
oneself
and one's
inner self
as much as
the outlaw outward.
I only wish
I knew then
what I know now.
Ah, the things
I could have realized
with the opportunities
presented to me
during the hectic
eighties...
One can only
look back now -
bemused,
crestfallen,
maybe slightly
blasé too...
One can only
imagine
what could have been,
should have been...
now.
For,
now,
it all seems
as though
it all went by
so fast -
too fast.
Almost as if
one only
imagined it all.
As if
it were all
but an illusion
this life
that we live...








Maybe it is...


















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