The way I remember it...

The way I remember it...

A Story by Tegon Maus

When he came in... no one spoke, no one moved. Grandpa always sat in the same chair... no other when he came to the house.



          The way I remember it....  I remember every Christmas was the same... dozens of people at my parents house standing around talking... just talking.

             My mom always had a mountain of food on the table... glazed ham, roast beef, turkey... all the cookies, pies, cakes you could ever hope to eat and no one touched a thing... not a single potato chip. No music, no alcohol, no one even sat down... just talked.

            By 2:00 in the afternoon, my grandfather closed the store and made his way to my parent’s house.

          When he came in... no one spoke, no one moved. Grandpa always sat in the same chair... no other when he came to the house. At the moment he sat down my mother would hand him a beer.

          Every year was the same... he took it... took a sip and said ‘Merry Christmas’ raising the bottle.  At that moment the room exploded into music, laughter and cheerful voices, food and drink... all at the same instant.

          Now it was Christmas... Grandpa said so.

© 2015 Tegon Maus

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this reminds me of my own grandparents-- my Pop-pop too had his own special chair that no one else could use (I still miss them 40 plus years later)--nicely done, Tegon (cool name)

Posted 6 Months Ago

What a great memory, Tegon! Funny how we all celebrate so differently. Is it your turn now, do you declare it Christmas?

Posted 11 Months Ago

Tegon Maus

11 Months Ago

Nothing like that Wendy... I was raised in a very strict German family. My Grandfather ruled everyth.. read more
Wendy Seames Garner

11 Months Ago

My paternal grandfather was German. My grandpa was always sitting in the chair by the front window,.. read more
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I'm so in love with this! The line, "Now it was Christmas.. Grandpa said so." ties everything together so perfectly! Keep up the great work :)

Posted 2 Years Ago

Wow I liked this and {not but} am not quite sure what to say.

Posted 2 Years Ago

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Added on December 20, 2015
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Tegon Maus
Tegon Maus


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