Saturday, December 17, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: December 17

(This is post 17 in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories hosted by

Prompt: December 17 - Grab Bag
Author's choice. Please post from a topic that helps you remember Christmases past!

Back in the 1970's/early 80's my grandparents handled Christmas dinner. They would go visit their grandkids in the morning, then head home to get the dinner ready. One year, they returned home to find the fire department in the driveway. It seems my grandmother left a pot on the stove.

The only lingering damage was the stink left from the burning pot. I remember seeing the pot in the driveway when we arrived for dinner.

The incident became a family joke. My grandfather must have thought it was funny, because when he wrote a timeline of his life, he included the burning pot event in 1983.

(Originally published December 17, 2009)

1 comment:

  1. I remember sitting in front of the tree one Christmas morning opening gifts. Mom had started sauteing onions and celery for the stuffing and then left to come watch the happenings while the stuff was on the stove. Uh-oh, you know where this is going, right? Pretty soon we had a full fledged fire on the stove and the cabinets were getting charred quickly. It was a Christmas I don't think any of us will ever forget.