The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 23, 2013

Christmas memories from the classroom

STAFF REPORT
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

GREENVILLE — Memory from a first-grade teacher at G.W. Bulluck Elementary School:



“There were five of us.  Mom made the three girls matching nightgowns and bought the two boys red and white striped pajamas every year.  We would all take turns having our picture taken in front of the fireplace wearing our gowns and pjs and hanging the stockings that our aunt had knitted for us.  Then we would all climb into Dad's lap so he could read T'was the Night Before Christmas.  Then hugs and kisses all around and off to sugar plums and fairies.  My heart yearns for those Christmas moments.”



Memory from Toshia Manning, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at West Edgecombe Middle School:


“My grandfather's nickname for my grandmom was “Puddin.’” Every Christmas he would get his “puddin’” a live Christmas tree. I never saw him purchase the tree, but it would just sort of magically appear in the living room. The lights, on the tree, twinkled just right and always made me feel warm and excited. The gifts seemed to never end, as each and every grandchild's name matched each one. But what I will never, ever forget...is that soothing scent of pine that created a unique Christmas aroma....”