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Friday, December 07, 2012

ACCM: December 7, 2012

Holiday Parties

Did your family throw a holiday party each year? Do you remember attending any holiday parties?

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1. My parents had a party between Christmas and New Years. It was for the adults, so we had someone watching us or were with another family member at their home.

2. I remember attending a lot of holiday parties through the years. My church youth groups always had a holiday party. Two of my friends and I changed off houses for our sophomore, junior, and senior years in high school. The three of us always worked together to decorate, arrange music, food, invitations, clean up, etc. The year it was at my house, our chemistry teacher and two guys in band had formed a trio and they came and jammed for two hours!! Everyone loved it, including my parents!! It was great!!

Since I have been older several groups I have belonged to have had holiday parties. My DAR chapter always had a tea. That was fun to be dressed up. My sorority in OH had a Christmas formal with a queen and attendants. It was something we all looked forward to each year. My individual chapters in OH and FL always have chapter holiday parties, too. One year in OH, my step son borrowed a santa suit and put all the secret sister gifts in a big bag and passed them out at the party. That was a lot of fun. Since my cancer, I participate on-line only, so I haven't been to a party in several years. I miss them. Perhaps next year we can get a small gathering together with a few neighbors.

Do you have/attend holiday parties?

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Blessings to everyone. I hope you who are in the US took time today to remember all of those who died on this day in 1941. I wasn't born until after the war was over, but the results of the event have been present in my life.

Peace Love Joy to you all!

Ev

  
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KARIDIAN1 12/8/2012 11:34PM

    We went to a Holiday Party tonight that friends have each year.

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DR1939 12/8/2012 7:07PM

    My parents always had the Bridge Group, aka The Friendly Few, on New Year's Eve. My husband and I hosted our Bridge Group on New Year's Eve for almost 20 years. Sadly most of them have died.

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SWDESERTLOVER 12/8/2012 12:38PM

    I used to love the parties also, but my family is now spread across the U.S. and getting everyone together at the same time is hard. Thanks for sharing your memories. They brought back many of my own.

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VONBLACKBIRD 12/8/2012 10:21AM

    Great memories..yes do plan a small party even if it isn't around the holidays..it will lift your spirits..

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NEW-CAZ 12/8/2012 3:16AM

    I remember some gatherings as a kid more than parties, none of which were much fun.
Thanks for sharing!

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JINLYNN 12/8/2012 2:34AM

    What great Christmas memories. Thanks for sharing them with us.
I hope you have a great weekend!


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FLEMIDG 12/7/2012 11:59PM

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Santa Claus

Thursday, December 06, 2012

ACCM December 6:

Santa Claus

Did you ever send a letter to Santa? Did you ever visit Santa and “make a list?” Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

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1. When I was young i sent letters for Santa to our local radio station. They would read the letters on air at the same time daily. I can't remember if they said Santa was listening or if the letters would be forwarded to him, but they let the children believe Santa would know.

2. No, I never visited Santa when I was young because the department stores in my home town didn't have him. There was always a Christmas parade with Santa on the last float. There was a very old log cabin in the city park and Santa would be there during his stay. i think that cabin was one of first buildings in the Western Reserve.

3. Yes, I would make a list every year and give it to my mom. She would write out an envelope to santa and made me think she was mailing it to him, which she didn't, of course. I still make lists, but now I call them "Wish Lists"! I have some on Amazon and a board on Pinterest.

4. I can't really say I believe in Santa anymore. i do, however believe in the spirit of Santa. In my religion Jesus' birthday is our real reason for celebration. For many years it was St Nicolas who brought gifts to the girls and boys and left them at their front doors. Just as the three Wise Men brought gifts for the baby Jesus and St Nick gave to the children, that is why I believe in the spirit of Santa. Although the main focus is religious and events at church (I love Christmas music and often listen to it year round). Just because retailers start their displays earlier and earlier each year and have turned it into spending money, it doesn't have to be that way! I enjoy giving what I can to those I love. We often give gifts that we have made ourselves. This is the time of year that most people think of living in peace and getting along, giving of their time and needs to help others, and neighbors come together. It is the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of our Savior, and the spirit of Santa. It is too bad that more people can't have this goodness in their hearts all year long. Can you imagine how wonderful our entire world would be??

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Do you believe in Santa?

May the blessings of the season be with all my Spark family regardless of your religion or non-religions as the case may be. It's all about love.

Peace Love Joy
Ev

  
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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/8/2012 9:56PM

    All in the spirit of the holiday!!!!

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OPALMOON 12/8/2012 9:50PM

    I believe in the spirit of Christmas and have posted on other blogs how it would be a wonderful world if people kept the goodwill of the Christmas season going all year round, and what a shame this isn't the case. Our city has had a Christmas pageant as long as I can remember, and my grandmother took me once, and then both my brother and me some years later. Santa was on the last float and his last stop was "the magic Cave' in the department store that organised the event. Then he was there waiting for children to come and tell him what they wished for. The time my grandmother took me, being a tomboy from the world go, I asked for a car that I could ride in by myself! I think I received a tricycle. One year my brother and I wrote a 'letter to Santa' asking for some specific things, which we left in our living room, and we were so happily surprised to receive most of them plus other things as well. We felt so blessed that we thought it was someone else's turn after that, so we didn't write any more lists!



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CHERIRIDDELL 12/8/2012 12:05AM

    I believe in the spirit of Christmas.I wrote to Father Christmas and I went to Father Christmas's Grotto.I was the story lady at the base library and I dressed my corgi as Father Christmas in Germany.One of the little boys who came to my story hour was autistic and when they were posted back his Mum said he want to see Father Christmas and came away saying "How disappointing ,it wasn't a real Father Christmas it was a man !"

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PMFISH 12/7/2012 10:22PM

    Ev, I believe like you do. I never wrote Santa and as you say the only time you saw a Santa was in the Christmas parade. I think gifts to children have gotten totally out of control. I don't give gifts at Christmas anymore. The last dozen years I gave, it was my time - wrapping gifts and the funds going to buy things for deaf people that lived in a home or single Moms with limited means (whether trying to complete their education or raise children and be the sole provider). When my health failed and I was not able to physically do those things, I have adopted a child for gifts or a family to supply the Christmas meal. I really enjoyed being physically able to participate in raising funds, but nothing ever stays the same. I wish you a very healthy Merry Christmas!

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JINLYNN 12/7/2012 8:53PM

    I still like to believe in Santa...or at least the spirit of Santa. But like you I know that Jesus is the true reason for the season!
Thanks again for sharing. Reading your blogs of your Christmas memories is becoming a part of this Christmas that I am enjoying very much!



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1CRAZYDOG 12/7/2012 6:13PM

    I believe in the spirit of Christmas and Santa represents it.

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VONBLACKBIRD 12/7/2012 10:47AM

    I believe in the spirit of giving and Santa embodies that...But I always try to give from the heart rather than material things..I try to find out something about the person I'm doing for and work my gifts around their interests..most of my gifts are handmade as well...I think there is too much materialism in the holiday season today..my son's remember going outside at Christmas and looking for the Christmas star more than what they got for Christmas..

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ILOVETOCRUISE 12/7/2012 8:49AM

    I believe. emoticon

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IMEMINE1 12/7/2012 5:11AM

    I think I believed in Santa until I was 12. I wouldn't mind having that child like trust and awe back. Great blog. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/7/2012 3:07AM

    i wrote to Santa every year LOL

One year mum took me to see him in Bentalls and he asked what I wanted and passed me on through the grotto where I was given a gift. I thought WOW that was quick, going to get my doll. It was a small toy train! I was so disappointed!

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BHSKITTYKATT 12/6/2012 11:37PM

    As a child, I wrote to Santa. I never visited him at the mall, though. My parents tried a couple years, but I freaked out so never actually did that.

I still believe in Santa, though. You have to believe in him to get presents, right? Even if he hasn't gotten me anything since I moved out on my own... he'll be back....

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1STATEOFDENIAL 12/6/2012 10:48PM

    Like you, I believe in the spirit of Santa. I believe there are a few people out there (unfortunately, not enough) who really take the time to help others. In Minneapolis, this is the 2nd or 3rd year of St Grand - a person is giving $1,000 donations into the red kettles. Last year there were 23 bundles of $100 bills over the season! Once one person started, others did too. A few have left notes saying they did it in honor of a parent or friend, hence why it's likely several people. This year someone stepped it up and did $1,100. Every time a new bundle is discovered it hits the news. Then there's what happened to my aunt many years ago. One Christmas she knew she couldn't afford to get my 2 cousins any presents and she felt terrible about it. But either on Christmas day or eve the doorbell rang and when she opened it there were several presents for both boys and something for the parents on the doorstep! The person had left them there and ran. To this day she doesn't know who did it, but she paid it forward. A few years later when they were in a better place financially she either knew or found out about a woman who couldn't give her kids presents, so my aunt bought a bunch, wrapped them, then rang the bell and ran. I'm pretty sure the woman never found out who it was either.

The spirit of Santa does live on in the hearts of a few people. Whether it's a simple gesture of giving a neighbor cookies, making a gift for a family member, or Ellen's 12 days of giveaways, everyone can experience Santa in their own way.

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KARIDIAN1 12/6/2012 10:44PM

    I believe in Santa, in the spirit of the season.

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MNNICE 12/6/2012 10:29PM

    Of course I still believe! As I always told my kids when they'd ask if there really is a Santa: "All I know is if you don't believe in him, he stops coming."

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STLOUISWOMAN 12/6/2012 10:28PM

    Well Ev, you wrote my beliefs about the spirit of Christmas.

I did visit Santa when I was a child. I also wrote to him each year & will never forget the year he wrote back. I was so excited.

Merry Christmas, Ev.

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 12/6/2012 10:15PM

    I still believe in Santa...

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Decorating outside

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Outdoor Decorations

Did people in your neighborhood decorate with lights? Did some people really go “all out” when decorating? Any stories involving your ancestors and decorations?

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This is the Advent Christmas Memories Blog for today.

December 5, 2012

1. Growing up several people in our neighborhood decorated outside. There was one area where the homeowners really were fancy with their outside lights. My family only put electric candles in the windows.

2. When I moved to FL I was shocked at how many did outside lights. What i had thought was all out when I lived in Ohio, was nothing like here. Several homes have people going through their homes and touring the outside. There is also one that has a huge santa in his sled with the reindeer on their roof!! People from miles around come to see that one. All of our neighbors have outdoor lights and since Bob and I got married, he puts some up outside.

3. I don't have any stores of my ancestors and outdoor lights. Most of them lived on large farms and most likely didn't feel the need as no one would see them.

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Each year Bob usually takes either pictures or videos of our outdoor lights. He does a really great job. I used to put up our tree in the FL room which could be seen from outside. I also used to have a huge ball made from clear plastic cups with miniature lights inside that I would hang on the front porch but never considered it an outside decoration. Bob tries to add one new decoration and/or a string of lights each year. it is really pretty this year. I think it is just enough - not too little, yet not too much either.

Do any of you decorate outside?

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Enjoy the rest of your week. Don't forget to reward yourself, if even a new pen, magazine, nail polish, or anything small. Even with holiday presents coming soon, you deserve something for reaching a goal no matter what size it is!!

Peace Love Joy to all my Spark Buds. i love each of you.
Ev



  
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CHERIRIDDELL 12/15/2012 11:45PM

    I love outdoor decorations !Have a lovely holiday!

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XNANNY 12/7/2012 8:52PM

    I candles in the windows sounds like the Irish tradition that my Mother passed on to us. Some of my Mothers family has been in the US since before the Revolution and one was a solider in that war.

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JINLYNN 12/7/2012 8:50PM

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/7/2012 8:34AM

    I don't but here in L.A./O.C. People go way all out, it is gorgeous!


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KARIDIAN1 12/6/2012 11:04PM

    No decorations to speak of for us over the years. Nothing either for my parents.

We did drive around when we were kids with my parents to see houses that were decorated. The newspapers here print the addresses of houses with lights worth seeing.

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OPALMOON 12/6/2012 9:56PM

    None of this happened when we were growing up...but now it is more common in my local area. Some of the displays are truly beautiful!

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PMFISH 12/6/2012 1:15PM

    Growing up we just decorated in the house, but the tree was always a family affair. I do not decorate any more with it just being me, but I do enjoy the fruits of other people's labor with their decorating. Lots of decorating in my area, the always call me the Scrooge because I don't. I saw a house the other evening that was totally covered with lights. Would not want to pay their electric bill.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/6/2012 10:13AM

    No outside decorating here, but then it's chilly!!

HUGS

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K-GETTING-FIT 12/6/2012 8:10AM

    We don't decorate outside. See more houses this year lit up. Seems that the amount of decorations depends on the weather and the emotional climate of the state. When we were initially slammed with job loss it was a dark Christmas. Think that Floridians may have a ton because the weather is far mor cooperative and they have time to get it all out:)
Growing up we put a wreath out and lights. I still love those old lights. The big fat bulbs:) Oh and we also had some of those old-style, raised plastic decorations that we would put up. My favorite was the creepy looking Santa:) lol

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MRSCLAUS46 12/6/2012 7:23AM

    Many years ago when I first met my husband, he brought me here to his parents house to see the automated life-size Santa he had constructed and painted. Santa still waves from the side porch 50 years later! It's funny that back then he painted a "self-portrait" for Santa's face--and now he really is Santa!
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NEW-CAZ 12/6/2012 3:16AM

    Outdoor decoration has never been such a huge thing here in the UK as it is in the states and I've never done it, nor my neighbours.
But it is catching on!

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FLEMIDG 12/6/2012 12:12AM

    When I was younger I lived in the country, and we didn't decorate outside, but we sure did decorate inside. I live in an apartment now, and a lot of the people here have lights on their balconies. Have a wonderful time as you wait for Christmas.

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MERRYMARY42 12/5/2012 10:03PM

    growing up, we did not decorate outside, it was cold we did have a wreath on the door and a decorated tree at a window, we did always take down the tree New Years Day, bad luck to take it down earlier, and then we would burn the tree, every year, now New Years Day burning a Christmas tree outside in Iowa was kind of weird but we did it every year, not sure what tradition that was from
but good memories

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CASTIRONLADY 12/5/2012 9:29PM

    Yes, we live in a little town of 311. A lot of people decorate. We moved into a new house last year but are decorating for the first time this year. And we keep decorating and decorating and decorating.

The town square is like mega decorated - the student council does it -and I will post picture later.

And yes, Mom and Dad always decorated.

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Christmas cards - past and present

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

ACCM - December 4:
Christmas Cards

Did your family send cards? Did your family display the ones they received? Do you still send Christmas cards? Do you have any cards from your ancestors?

1. My family always sent cards. My mama always bought an extra box for sending to someone new who sent to us. I would send my own to my classmates and pen pals starting when I was about 12. I met new friends at Girl Scout camp, church camp, and summer band.

2. Yes, my mother always displayed the cards we received across the cornices in the kitchen and living room. We also had an arch between those two rooms and she would also tape them there.

3. I send very few cards since my mama and most of my aunts and uncles have passed away. I don't seem to have the heart to do so anymore. My mama had her major stroke just before Christmas and I answered every card she got explaining what had happened and giving them her new address at the nursing home. That seemed to do it for me.

4. I don't have cards from my ancestors. I do have a postcard album that belonged to my great-grandmother and it contains cards from nearly every holiday including Christmas. The cards are all dated between 1902 and 1921. My mother knew how much I loved the book as a child and she bought it from her mother's estate for me in the early 70's. The album had belonged to my grandmother's mother. That makes me the fourth generation to have the album.

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This challenge is great for me. I am enjoying bringing all of the memories to my mind. I have always felt blessed by my family and by doing this particular challenge, I am getting down a lot of the reasons why I feel as I do.


Everyone enjoy the rest of the week.

Peace Love Joy to all.
Ev

  
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JINLYNN 12/7/2012 8:49PM

    I'm enjoying your blogs! Thanks for sharing your memories!


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OPALMOON 12/6/2012 9:53PM

    Most of our extended family have passed away, so Mum writes cards to less than a handful of relatives, while I send cards to a few friends, most of whom are interstate. My grandmother had kept some cards from her relatives overseas but Mum disposed of them a few years ago, since they are written in a different language and I am the literally the end of the family line, so there would be no-one else to pass them on to.

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COACHPENNY 12/6/2012 3:19AM

    My family sent cards every year. I try to do the same but, some years I just don't get it done. I do like to send them and it's so lovely to get them. I love the pics and the funny cards.

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TXMEMAW6 12/5/2012 11:57PM

    I still send out some cards to family and a few friends, and I reciprocate to anyone who sends me one. I really like the idea of the card album. It must be so awesome to have an album from generations past.

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SAMMIESMOM13 12/5/2012 9:26PM

    I do still send cards. I used to send out about 90 each year, but the cost just became prohibitive and so many people didn't bother so I cut them out. I'm down to about 25 now. I do really miss getting them. It was always so fun to get all that lovely mail and open the cards and enjoy them. Now I never get a letter all year long as no one bothers with that either. It is no longer a treat to go out and get the mail, it's only junk and bills. I miss the old days. I think the younger generation is loosing out on alot of human connections. Sad really.

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CARRAND 12/5/2012 9:07PM

    My parents sent cards and displayed the ones they received. I've always sent cards. I love to pick them out, address them and sign them. Sometimes I include handwritten notes. I don't usually do a newsletter, but this year I did because I had lots of news to share. Your post card collection sounds awesome.

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KARIDIAN1 12/5/2012 7:39PM

    I haven't sent out Christmas cards for years. did send a few when we were first married, but we never got that many so I just let if go by the wayside.

The album you have does sound wonderful. What a nice present your mother got for you.

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SWDESERTLOVER 12/5/2012 7:13PM

    I still send Christmas cards out to family and close friends, and still have some, but not all, of those we've received in the past. My mother also always sent out cards and it just seems like part of Christmas. We display the cards we receive wherever we can find around our living room.

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LINOVER 12/5/2012 6:15PM

    I still send out cards but I have noticed over the years that the younger generation does not seem to reciprocate too much. However, I will continue to send cards as long as I am able. As someone else said, however, it does get expensive.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/5/2012 4:09PM

    I do send card and display those I receive. I hae saved some cards that are very special to me.

My list has shrunk over the years, but it's nice to do the "catch up" every year.

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JACKIE542 12/5/2012 3:48PM

    I still send a few, and I am so happy that I did keep my old cards, many of these people are gone now and I love to read the notes they sent me. Maybe I should put them in a book. You have given me an idea, thank you. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 12/5/2012 3:47PM

    I like to send and receive cards also.
Last year was the first time in years I didn't send any out; it was my first Christmas without my dad and it was just too hard. I'm making an effort this year though to send them out.

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HOLLYM48 12/5/2012 1:36PM

    It is sad to see this custom going by the wayside really. I like the idea of making a Christmas card album! emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 12/5/2012 1:23PM

    I rarely send cards anymore..and rarely get any either. I do send a couple of letters this time of year just to keep up with old friends..so guess they count..many of my old relatives that sent cards are dead now and the cousins don't know each other well enough to mail anything..sad really that noone keeps up with one another anymore..

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123ELAINE456 12/5/2012 9:56AM

  My Mother sent out Christmas Cards every year too. I don't. Too much cost involved with cards and stamps nowadays. God Bless You and Have an Enjoyable Day. Take Care.

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GEORGIAGIRL26 12/5/2012 7:09AM

    I know that I send out Christmas cards by mail or e-mail.
It depends on the person and whether or not it will get there on time.
(Will be sending a Hanukkah card by e-mail on Saturday).
Hope that you have a safe and blessed week! Holly

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ILOVETOCRUISE 12/5/2012 6:08AM

    Ev, I do send cards. How nice to have an old cards for your treasures.
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NEW-CAZ 12/5/2012 2:53AM

    We always sent Christmas cards! Your album is such a neat idea!

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SUSANBEAMON 12/5/2012 2:04AM

  i used to send cards, or at least try to. a couple of years ago i misplaced my address book, and so i really haven't sent much out. just one more thing i don't do anymore.

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/5/2012 1:20AM

    Your postcard album sounds divine

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FLEMIDG 12/5/2012 12:10AM

    I always send out Christmas Cards. It just doesn't seem like Christmas unless I do.

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LUCINDARW 12/4/2012 11:55PM

    My Mom always sent cards and still does. At one time I sent out 40 cards and decided the next year I'd cut down. This year I sent about 20 out to the ones I don't get to see often.

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Advent Challenge 2 & 3

Monday, December 03, 2012

ACCM: December 2, Food

At Zeddo's house there were always lots of fruits and nuts. And Christmas wasn't Christmas without figs. Zeddo (Slovak for grandfather) had a nutcracker and bowl on the dining room table. And of course there was always the Kolache – nut rolls.

When we still lived in town, Mom and Daddy went to a neighbor's house and left David and me on our own. We ate every bit of the peanut butter fudge Mom had made. Boy, were we ever sick!!! To this day I am not overly fond of peanut butter and REALLY have to be in a mood for it. Mom continued to make her special fudge each Christmas, but Dave and I left it alone!

At one point I talked to my Aunt Millie about Christmas memories. She added this from when she was a child:

On Christmas Eve, dinner always had to be at 6PM. Zeddo and Buba –Slovak for grandmother always gave the blessing and all held hands and said the Lord's Prayer in Slovak. Buba served pirohy filled with either potato and/or cheese, and stewed prunes. She also had something called Bobolky. On the table with the dried fruits, figs, and nuts, would be hard candy, long candles and a dish that contained flour and cloves of garlic to ward off bad spirits in the coming year.

In later years, Aunt Millie added Clam Chowder to the menu and Aunt Yo added fish.

It became tradition when I was a teen for all of my paternal aunts, uncles, and cousins to come to our house after midnight mass. My mother always had turkey and ham for sandwiches along with condiments, olives, pickles, and chips.

One of the food traditions my brother carried over was the figs. He's also continued saying "Christmas isn't Christmas without figs".

My Aunt Millie taught me how to make the Kolache and I continue to use her recipe.

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ACCM: December 3, Christmas Tree Ornaments

My tree still has four ornaments on it each year that Mom used when we were kids. I also have two plastic boots and a plastic Santa that originally held suckers. These are from when we were kids, too. I believe Cliff Wilson, Daddy's partner at the Sheriff's Dept., gave them to us. I can remember them when we still lived on Atlantic Street.

My mama was a teacher and received a lot of ornaments from her students. I use a few of those that she had kept. She retired in 1974, so that would be the newest one from her ornaments. I also have some handmade ornaments that have been given to me or I made myself. Our local art guild sells a different Christmas ornament each year that has a local scene on it done by a local artist. I have the entire series, up until this year. I'll be getting that one soon.


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I am very happy I can across this challenge. It is giving me a chance to revisit some very happy memories. I hope some of my Spark friends have decided to follow along. once more, here is the link to the challenge: adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com/

May each of you have a lovely tomorrow.
Peace Love and Joy to all
Ev

  
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JINLYNN 12/7/2012 8:48PM

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful Christmas memories, and for the link to this blog challenge.
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LOLAINSC 12/4/2012 11:34PM

    My dad was Hungarian , but my Uncle Andy's wife was Slovak so mom picked up recipes from both cultures. I polished off a lot of pagach, pierogis, and cabbage buns--no wonder I'm a fat lady! I still make holubkies when the spirit moves me--at least they can fit into a low-cal healthy diet if made with extra-lean hamburg and brown rice.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/4/2012 10:13PM

    Treasure your memories always!

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OPALMOON 12/4/2012 10:07PM

    Thanks for sharing more of your wonderful memories, Ev! it got me thinking about all the foods we used to have and I might even write a blog about it myself.



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COXBETH 12/4/2012 9:18PM

    mmmm, properly made Kolache. Well, now I'm hungry. :)

I'm in Texas, and the kolache here are nontraditional - like jalapeno sausage kolache.

If you are ever driving down I-35 South of Dallas, it's worth the detour to the little kolache shop in West, Texas. MMMMMMMMMM

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VONBLACKBIRD 12/4/2012 11:31AM

    I love your memories. I really need to write the Christmas memories of mine to pass down to my kids and grands..thanks for the idea.

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123ELAINE456 12/4/2012 9:56AM

  Thank You for sharing your Beautiful Christmas Memories. God Bless You and Have A Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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NEW-CAZ 12/4/2012 3:14AM

    wonderful memories! thank you SO much for sharing emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/4/2012 12:09AM

    Lovely memories. I seldom see figs in my shopping trips. I have already splurged a bit and enjoyed some fruitcake (I liken it to individual Sri Lankan wedding cakes the kids bring back as taste from home.)

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FLEMIDG 12/4/2012 12:03AM

    Thanks so much for sharing those wonderful memories.

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VEROISME 12/3/2012 10:34PM

    Loved reading the Christmas memories!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/3/2012 10:04PM

    What treasured memories!

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KARIDIAN1 12/3/2012 9:59PM

    Great Christmas memories. Tell Bob that the temps in MN today hit the mid 50's.
It was sunny and nice when I left work. What little snow we had is gone.

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