Friday, December 07, 2012
ACCM: December 7, 2012
Did your family throw a holiday party each year? Do you remember attending any holiday parties?
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?
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!
Thursday, December 06, 2012
ACCM December 6:
Did you ever send a letter to Santa? Did you ever visit Santa and “make a list?” Do you still believe in Santa Claus?
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??
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
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Did people in your neighborhood decorate with lights? Did some people really go “all out” when decorating? Any stories involving your ancestors and decorations?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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