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Friday, December 21, 2012

ACCM: December 21, 2012

Christmas Music

What songs did your family listen to during Christmas? Did you ever go caroling? Did you have a favorite song?

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Before I answer the questions, I want to say, I love Christmas music and listen to it all year long. Not all at once all of the time, but when the mood hits.

1. My mother played piano and had a lovely voice. We had a second hand upright piano, then in my later years in high school, my parents sold it and got an organ. I learned to play piano on that one. Anyway, she would play the piano and all of us would sing with her. She would start with Christmas carols and then have some Christmas standards, then back to carols. I learned a lot of them early on as she would have the music for her students to learn for their Christmas programs and practice it at home. She would show me the motions to go along with the songs and she would have me perform as she played and we both sang. She could then see if anything needed changed.

2. Yes I went caroling a lot. When I was young, I would go with my Girl Scout Troop and my youth groups from church. Then when I was a Girl Scout leader, I would have my girls carol. They always asked to do it each year. We would go to their neighborhoods and one or two nursing homes. Then when I was the technical school, we caroled at four nursing homes and gave the residents who wanted them, manicures. That was very rewarding.

3. I actually have more than one favorite. Silent Night, Oh Holy Night, and O Come, O Come Emmanuel are my three favorite carols. I'll Be Home For Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire) are three of the seasonal ones. Go Tell It On The Mountain fits almost anywhere. Those are my favorites. Whenever I hear and/or sing I'll Be Home For Christmas, I get chill bumps and a slight lump in my throat as it always reminds me of our service people who are serving during war time or away from home. I remember the Christmas my first husband was in Nam. We had both turned twenty less tan two months before and we were so young and missing each other and afraid of the unknown. It was early in the war and not too many knew very much about it as a country. That Christmas he sent me home a menu for his segment's Christmas Dinner. He also wrote me a poem and sent a photo of him in the ancient city of Hue' before the Tet offensive when everything was in tact and absolutely beautiful. That really brought home to me of all that I had been trying to wrap my mind around - he has his .45 strapped on. That memory with that song go hand and hand to me and I hate the thought of any other young couple going through it.

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Do you have any favorite carols or songs? Do you have a story about why they may be important to you?

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Today was the first day of winter and our temps dipped into the 50s and will be 32 degrees F or lower tonight. What was your weather like?

Happiest of Holidays to everyone and a very Merry Christmas on Tuesday, just in case we don't make it on line. I wish for you and yours blessings of the day. I love each of you for all that you are!!

Peace Love Joy

Ev



Our Spirit of Christmas who we lost in January, he lives on in our hearts.



  
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KARIDIAN1 12/22/2012 10:42PM

    My sisters and i used to sing Christmas carols for family when we were younger. Was in the church choir in grade school and say for midnight mass sometimes.

I like your favorite ones too.

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/22/2012 10:55AM

    Christmas music is precious (attested to by having about a hundred Christmas CDs) and the most precious part of what I listen to and sing (my family is very musical) is that we embody the Spirit of Christmas and glorify God. I pray that my heart be aligned to the birth of Christ, my Father's greatest sacrifice and gift to me and all of us, representing redemption and eternal life. While I enjoy the traditional carols (especially Silent Night) and beautiful solos sung my by Mom and Dad (O Holy Night, Open the Gates, and The Messiah), I also delight in the child that comes out with Alvin and the Chipmunks. Makes me smile! Merry, merry, Christmas, Ev!

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NORASPAT 12/22/2012 9:31AM

    OUR MIDDLE SON PLAYED THE OBOE, HE STARTED AT 6 YEARS OLD. IN JUNIOR HIGH HE PLAYED SOLO 'OH HOLY NIGHT' HE HAD MADE HIS OWN REED FOR THE INSTRUMENT AND IT CRACKED. THAT MADE IT VERY HARD TO PLAY. HIS FACE WAS RED AND I FELT SO SORRY FOR HIS PLIGHT.
EVERYONE EXCEPT DH AND I WERE OBLIVIOUS OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING. RIGHT TOWARDS THE END WHEN HIS FACE WAS SCARLET A GIRL SITTING NEXT TO HIM GENTLY LAID HER HAND ON HIS ARM. HE OPENED HIS CLOSED EYES AND WENT FOR THAT HIGH NOTE AND IT WAS THERE AND SO LOVELY. I FELT I WAS TRYING TO TELEPATH ENCOURAGEMENT JUST AS SUSAN'S HAND TOUCHED HIM. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT YOUNG LADY.

IT WAS SUCH A STRANGE EXPERIENCE BUT HE WAS GIVEN A STANDING OVATION AND NEEDLESS TO SAY I WEPT IN PRIDE. THAT IS MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS CAROL. I STILL CRY WHEN I HEAR IT, AND I REMEMBER THE CONCERT TO THIS DAY. emoticon FOR THE MEMORY- emoticon PAT IN MAINE.

WE SANG AT PEOPLES DOORS FOR PENNIES IN ENGLAND JUST AFTER THE WAR.

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NEW-CAZ 12/22/2012 3:02AM

    I have to Carols blaring out the momemnt the tree goes up and thereafter any Christmas song, carol or classic or more modern pop tune, fits the bill. emoticon emoticon

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FLEMIDG 12/22/2012 12:45AM

    We sang all the normal Christmas carols. When I was young we used to go around and sing Christmas Carols. My favorites are O Holy Night and The Little Drummer Boy.
Hope you have a Wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

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Christmas Season Services

Thursday, December 20, 2012

ACCM: December 20, 2012

Religious Services

Did your family attend religious services during the Christmas season? What were the customs and traditions involved?

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1. Yes my family attended religious services during the Christmas season. Usually several times during the week leading to the Day. We did, too, up until two years ago when I have been too ill to do so.

2. I grew up in a community church environment, but would attend church with my cousins when i stayed with them, so I knew a lot about Mass before I converted in 1977.
Our community church would have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7PM which we attended. We were permitted to open a gift before then and my parents always made sure it was one with new clothes, shoes, etc., so we could wear it to that service. When I got older, I would often go to Midnight Mass with my cousins. At their church and the one where I received my confirmation, a lot of the service was in Slovak. It was the Byzantine Rite and had done the Mass in "the vanacular of the people" long before the Roman Rite gave up Latin for the language of the people. When i moved to FL the only churches nearby were of the Roman Rite. I was a lector (read the Bible readings for emphasis for that week) and would often read on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass, too. I was in choir at the community church and at the one here in FL, too. When the Christmas plays were done, I was usually singing in the choir. i loved every minute of it. Christmas music is one of my favorite kinds, and I miss not being able to sing as I used to do.

At the community church, the youth groups would meet after the service and go caroling for an hour. We also did that the weekend before Christmas. We'd then return to the church hall for hot chocolate and cookies and if our group had a gift for our youth minister, we would give it at that time.

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This is such a beautiful time of our liturgical calendar, and I wish more people would have the spirit of goodness toward all others all year long. What a much better world
this would be.

My wish for all of my Spark Buddies is to enjoy the season in the manner in which you believe. No matter what that is, be sure to show kindness towards others and towards yourself, too. It can be a crazy busy time, so try to remember to take time for yourself and get some rest. please know I keep each of you in my heart and prayers. Y'all have meant the world to me and I cherish each friendship.


Peace Love Joy
Ev





  
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KARIDIAN1 12/21/2012 9:54PM

    Midnight mass was something we used to go to as kids with my Mom.

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MISSCUS 12/21/2012 2:57PM

    About 50 years ago, I used to go Christmas Caroling with a few friends. I don't think many people do it these days. Not sure.
Have a Blessed Holiday and a great New Year!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/21/2012 11:20AM

    Merry Christmas and blessings to you! HUGS

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NEW-CAZ 12/21/2012 2:59AM

    We attended midnight mass for a few years but my parents owned a local convenience store that used to open even on Christmas day, they felt they could serve the community by keeping open til 9 or 10 at night- so then we stopped going!

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FLEMIDG 12/21/2012 12:05AM

    When I was younger my family used to attend church on holidays. Now I attend Christmas eve service as well as every Sunday.

Have a Blessed Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

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All of the Stockings were hung by the chimney with care....

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

ACCM: December 18, 2012

Christmas Stockings

Did you have one? Where did you hang it? What did you get in it?

1. I don't recall having a stocking until I was older. Now i have several, but use only one. emoticon

2. My stocking doesn't hang anywhere actually. Rather it is placed on a bookcase near the tree or under the tree itself. I've never had a mantle or any place to hang one.

3. Traditionally, the items in my stocking are never wrapped, unless it is an "important gift" that might get lost under the tree. The usual contents are nuts, fruit, some candy, coloring book, crayons, pens, lip balm, puzzle book, IOU notes for downloads, paperback books, cards announcing magazine subscriptions, shower gel, and other girly things. And yes, I still color!! emoticon I enjoy my stocking and look forward to it each year.
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ACCM: December 19, 2012
Christmas Shopping

How did your family handle Christmas Shopping? Did anyone finish early or did anyone start on Christmas Eve?

1. I'm not sure how it was handled when I was young other than my mother showing me one or two things for my dad and for my brother and letting me make the final pick. I remember when I was about 11 and my mother gave me two dollars and my brother took me to the drug store and I picked out a gift for my dad on my own. I chose Vitalis hair grooming as I had seen an ad for it I liked. My brother told me how silly I was for getting it. My mother helped me wrap it, and when daddy opened it, he appeared to love it. I guess that was a very early lesson for me about marketing and being careful about ads. The problem? i'm sure you've guessed. Daddy was bald!! I'm sure Daddy did help with some shopping as when I was older he would always tell me what he wanted for mama and I would often pick it up for him and wrap it. Sometimes, he would ask me to go with him to help choose it.

2. In my opinion everything was done on time. Nothing was ever late. I used to shop all year long when I would see something special I thought someone would like, i'd get it. Most of the time, my shopping was done by November 1 each year. Since I haven't been able to drive, that has sort of gone by the way side. I order on line and have it mailed to whoever, but sometimes I must wait until between Christmas and New Years. Poor Bob is usually the recipient of these kinds of IOU notes. But i enjoy getting tools he likes or wants, and I want them to be correct, so I'll give him the IOU for Christmas and be with him when he picks them out between Christmas and New Year's. It seems to work. Besides which it is difficult for me to get anything for him when we are always together.


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Did you have stockings? Do you still? What is normally in them? Are you an early or a late shopper? Are you going to get yourself a present, too?


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On a sad note: Monday my radiation oncologist's 33 year old daughter was killed in an automobile accident. In 2007 he lost his son, who was 26 at the time. I feel so bad for his wife and him. They have now lost both of their children. Each was so intelligent, giving, and had fine leadership qualities that made them successful all throughout life. So i am coming to you my friends again, to ask for prayers or good thoughts for Dr. K and his wife Shelia. (Dr K's picture is in my photo album). Thank you so much. I can't even begin to imagine their grief.


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Here's hoping you are all getting you time in to relax and rejuvenate. Blessings to you, i'm so happy you are in my life.

Peace Love Joy now and always.
Ev





  
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VONBLACKBIRD 12/20/2012 10:40AM

    praying for dr. K and family.

We always had stockings but last year I mailed all my stockings I had saved back from year to year to some people who needed cheering at Christmas. I made felt stockings (from kits) this year for one of the son's family..will do some for other son's family next year.

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SNUZSUZ 12/20/2012 9:32AM

    Sending up prayers for Dr.K and his wife right now!

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NEW-CAZ 12/20/2012 3:01AM

    Our stockings are filled with fruit and nuts

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/20/2012 12:13AM

    I had a stocking .I loved the vitalis story! Prayers going out fir your doctor and his wife.

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KARIDIAN1 12/19/2012 10:55PM

    Both my husband and I had Christmas stockings. We still have our stockings from way back then. Mine is bigger than my husbands. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/19/2012 10:22PM

    Oh my . . . I remember getting my Mom a Veg-O-Matic! What a waste of money, but she gushed over it. That's a Mom! HUGS to you.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 12/19/2012 9:23PM

    When growing up we got stockings on Christmas, but they were from St Nicholas whereas the presents were from Santa. My parents couldn't keep the dates separate and always forgot about St Nicholas Day until Christmas came. The stockings were filled with nothing but candy until the last few years when they would throw in a gift card for a restaurant. We didn't have a fireplace or anywhere to hang the stockings (especially with them crammed full of candy), so they were always lined up on the couch.

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NORASPAT 12/19/2012 8:02PM

    On MY!!
Every parents worst nightmare is to lose a child.
But to lose two grown children full of promise so far apart and have to suffer through this twice is awful.

Both times they were ripped from their family. No warning or expectations of early loss and now knowing they are gone is such DEVASTATION!!

Such grief and tears when they were expecting JOY.
How very sad a situation is this.
Where, why does this happen to wonderful people?
My dear young mother was snatched from me by a works accident caused by other's negligence. It brings back such memories of loss and grief and so much has happened just this past this week to bring us such SADNESS.
E.V.so very sorry to hear of their loss.

Pat in Maine, I am so sorry this has happened to nice, caring people. I simply do not understand.

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IAM_HIS2 12/19/2012 6:53PM

    When I was a child I did not have a stocking. I got one gift for Christmas from my parents and one gift from my aunts and uncles and one gift from Santa.

My heart is so very sad for your radiation oncologist, Dr. K. & his wife Shelia what a tragedy. Yes, I will pray for them.



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LVMAMAW 12/19/2012 6:49PM

    Praying, my heart breaks for them.

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Christmas during school days

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

ACCM: December 16, 2012

Christmas At School

What did you do to celebrate Christmas at school? Were you ever in a Christmas Pageant?

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1. We would give our classmates cards with usually a bit of Christmas candy such as a candy cane. We always had a gift for our teacher, too. We were allowed to pick them, but with guidance from my mother.

2. Yes I was in Christmas pageants both at church and school. I remember when I was in ninth grade, the band and coir presented Christmas programs and as i was a majorette, I got to be an elf in Santa's workshop!! At church it was the Christmas story from the Bible each year. Sometimes the hymns would change, but the beautiful story remained the same.

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ACCM: December 17, 2012

Grab Bag

Author’s choice. Please post from a topic that helps you remember Christmases past!

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For today'''s grab bag memories, I have decided to post about memories of Christmas dances.

In high school we would have a Christmas dance that was semi-formal in nature. Although freshmen could go, i didn't go until i was a junior and 16. Even then it had to be in a group. Several of us who were in Summer 4-H Band invited friends from there to go as "dates". We had a really good time together. I remember the first year I went i had a really pretty light blue fancy dance with rhinestones sewn into the bodice. I felt so pretty! And I got to wear heels!! It was the first time all of the guys were tall enough for me to do so!!!

Until I moved to Florida, my sorority held a Christmas formal with a queen and attendants. Each chapter would elect their chapter candidate and there would be a semi formal tea where the candidates would meet the panel of judges and answered questions. I remember one year when I was a chapter queen and candidate, the question was what woman did i consider a hero and why. I answered my mother for all the things she did in a time most women didn't do such things. She went to New York City one summer on her own and worked for a dentist and his family as a nanny. On her days off she would go on her own all around the city. This was in the early 1930's. in the mid 1930's she and two women friends drove on their own from Ohio to California. They took a summer term as USC. Remember, there were no interstate or even many 4 lane roads at that time. For women to do this on their own was rarely heard of at that time. They also went to the World's Fair on Treasure island. Mom was also on a women's semi professional basketball team during the depression. She was simply incredible in my eyes, then as she still is. One of the sisters in my chapter said I'd never win with saying my mother. I didn't win, but that's just as well!! I enjoyed myself and gave an honest answer. I'll have to add some pictures of her during those times whenever I come across them.

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Blessings to all of my Spark Buddies. I treasure each of you.

peace love joy
Ev







  
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KARIDIAN1 12/19/2012 11:12PM

    Christmas was a huge part of my early school years. All my sisters and I went to a parochial school until 7th grade.

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JINLYNN 12/18/2012 5:56PM

    Great blog and the pictures are beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.


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EV I loved your story I have been baking most of the day and of course what did I bake FRUIT cakes ENGLISH style,. DH is wanting to taste them even now.
I did love your story about Christmas Some day I will tell you mine,.

HUGS Pat in Maine.I also love how you can illustrate your page some day I will learn to do that too . Thanks for the delightful story. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 12/18/2012 5:03PM

    I went to a Lutheran school from kindergarten up until it was time to start high school. After lunch, we split into different groups by grade and went caroling around the neighborhood to some of the elderly and shut ins. Then we went to the local roller rink for our Christmas party. We came back to school after that and then with the little bit of time left in the afternoon, we had our gift exchange.

We had our Christmas program in the church on Christmas Eve, and after it was over, each student got a goodie bag of nuts and candy.

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GRATTECIELLA 12/18/2012 3:35PM

    Thank you for sharing your memories, and most especially thank you for your wonderful comments on my blog! emoticon

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MISSYGEEN 12/18/2012 3:23PM

    I group up in a low income area and my elementary school had a Santa shop each year. They sold items at a very low cost and all of the children were able to buy something even if you only had a quarter. One year I bought my great grandmother an iron owl to put hot pans on for $2.00. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas I would see it out on the table. That made me feel really good.

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GOLFLADY11 12/18/2012 12:52PM

    Nice blog!!! I used to be in the Church Choir and we would have to practice after school. We took part in many festivals and got adjudicated. We used to have to wear our choir gowns. It was so much fun - I had forgotten that memory. Thanks for reminiscing!!!! emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 12/18/2012 11:27AM

    These are so good...thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/18/2012 11:03AM

    Probably my favorite memory of Christmas in school was while I was in college. The night before everyone left for hom, we had a celebration in the gymacafetorium where all manner of donute was displayed in the shape of a Christmas tree. There were all kinds of twinkly lights. The Professors served us the most delicious hot chocolate. My recollections now are fond, but what a caloric night! HEE HEE Back then my body could deal with it. Not anymore!

HUGS

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/18/2012 7:23AM

    Awesome memories! Thanks for sharing!

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LIVELAUFLUV 12/18/2012 5:34AM

    Thanks for sharing your memories!

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NEW-CAZ 12/18/2012 2:48AM

    I kinda remember one line as the visiting Angel two years running and halos made of tinsel.

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/18/2012 12:20AM

    What lovely memories Ev.I was in Christmas pageants .I was always the tallest girl at school so I often played the guitar though .One of my favourites was "What Child is this" and "The Little Drummer Boy"

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Travel, Fruitcake, and birthdays

Saturday, December 15, 2012

ACCM: December 13, 2012

Holiday Travel

Did you or your ancestors travel anywhere for Christmas? How did you travel and who traveled with you? Do you remember any special trips?

1. 2. 3. Our family stayed within our county during the holidays. When we went to church or visiting, we drove. My mother told of her family traveling across the state to see her mother's family and it would take days by car. That would have been in the 1920''s.

After my mother passed away, I flew to OH to be with my brother and his family at Christmas.

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ACCM: December 14, 2012

Fruit Cake – Friend or Foe?

Did you like fruitcake? Did your family receive fruitcakes? Have you ever re-gifted fruitcake? Have you ever devised creative uses for fruitcake?

1. I never cared that much for fruitcake, as I found it too sweet in a not good way!

2. My parents always received fruitcakes while I was growing up. I can't remember too many as I got older.

3. We never re-gifted fruitcake at all. There was always those in the family who loved them. They would always be gone by January 6 th.

4. No, I never came up with unique ways for uses. i did, however receive some from a sorority sister that were small loaves of individual chocolate ones that she gave the recipe for with each loaf. It came from Southern Living Magazine from years ago. It was soooooo good. I made them as gifts one year, too.

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ACCM: December 15, 2012

The Holiday Happenings

Often times December to mid-January birthdays and anniversaries get over shadowed by the Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year holidays. So we’re going to shine a spotlight on those family members and ancestors this time around. Select one or more December to mid-January birthdays and/or anniversaries on your family tree. Write a short tribute to or memory of those birthday guys and gals and write a toast to the anniversary couples.

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1. Both my niece and one of my cousins share Dec. 12 as their birthday. My cousin was the first granddaughter born after my Baba died so was named after her. My niece is very special to me. Her eldest son and Bob's daughter share December 31st birthdays.

My father's birthday was January 6, and if he were still living, he would be 100 next month. My nephew's birthday is January 17th and my brother's birthday is January 19th. Our mother's birthday was January 30th. If she were still living, she would be 99 next month.

2. I am sure i have missed some of the birthdays in the family. I can't remember any anniversaries, but I'm sure I have missed some of those too.

For those with December and JAnuary birthday guys and gals - my your special days be as special as you and that you have only peace, love, and happiness.

For those anniversary couples, i am very happy for the couples and the years they were able to spend together. Cheers!!

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May all my Spark friends have happy days ahead this month and next.

Peace Love and Joy be yours always.

Ev





  
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GRATTECIELLA 12/17/2012 2:31AM

    Thank you so much for your kind, compassionate comment on my blog -- I really needed to know there are so many good loving people out there. emoticon

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LINDA! 12/17/2012 12:17AM

    My father's birthday was also January 6. If he were living, he would be 87.

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PMFISH 12/16/2012 7:54PM

    My mom always made a delicious fruit cake and she also made an orange slice cake. Her birthday was Dec. 4th and she would've been 99 this year. Growing up we never traveled for Christmas. When I was married to my 2nd husband, it got to the point we would leave for the Christmas holidays and spend them in Mexico. He had 4 kids and I had 2, but they made it impossible for us to have one celebration, so we would have different celebrations with them and then leave town. Since I have been alone I do not travel at any holiday time. Now both of my children live in my area so no need to travel. Merry Christmas to all and keep it stress free.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/16/2012 6:52PM

    In 1973 and 1974 I traveled to London with my Aunt as a chaperone for students she was escorting there on a theater trip. Best trips of my life!

Otherwise Christmas was generally spent just visiting family in the area.

As for fruit cake . . . YUCK! 'nuff said!

HUGS

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KARIDIAN1 12/16/2012 5:29PM

    My mom and my sisters and i visited our grand[parents in AZ over Christmas. We took the train form Mpls to AZ. Was quite the trip and long. My mom was so patient with three kids in tow. I am the oldest and I was only in 4th grade at the time.

Fruitcake is okay, can take it or leave it. Some is better than others.

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/16/2012 3:23PM

    Christmastime is about celebrating the birth of Christ with family and friends. Generosity is a very key part of honoring people in my life as well as giving praise, worship and glory to a kind and compassionate Lord and Savior.

We probably travelled 50% of the time. This year, Christmas Eve will involve about 150 road miles. Instead is spending Christmas Day in my jammies, I will make a half dozen bulk curries with a good friend I haven't seen much of this past year. I praise God for people like you, Ev, who bring to light precious memories from years past. Thank you for both sharing and encouraging our active participation.

PS I love, love, love fruitcake ... Just wish it wasn't so calorie laden ... As this kid cannot stop at only one ounce (140 cal). It reminds me os Sri Lankan wedding cake. Yummy!

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VONBLACKBIRD 12/16/2012 12:01PM

    never traveled during the holidays and I love fruitcake..mom always made the best homemade ones..and really only birthday around the holidays is after and is my youngest DGD in January.

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ELSCO55 12/16/2012 9:51AM

    Never cared much for fruitcake. My mom used to make a date nut cake during the holidays but we haven't had it in years.

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SAMMIESMOM13 12/16/2012 8:52AM

    I love fruitcake, altho I like my homemade ones so I can add what I like, (chocolate emoticon ) and either no or very little citron. I love the candied cherries. And I use my own cake recipe so it is different from the ones we used to receive as gifts. I did like those tho too if they weren't "cheap" ones.

We have a very small family so we just take our time with opening gifts, one at a time, lots of talking and chatter, etc. Do silly things like wrap cans of tuna, make homemade gifts, etc. Anything for a laugh. When I was small our extended family get-together was always at Thanksgiving. Those are long gone now. I really miss them. Cousins don't seem to care. Guess I was the only one who had a good time.

My b-day is Dec. 13th. I've never minded having a Dec. b-day. My name is Carol because of the season.

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KASEYCOFF 12/16/2012 4:06AM

    Three of the four kids have January birthdays (must've been something in the air in April, lol) so we've always made sure "Christmas" is put away before the birthday season begins.

Re fruitcake: I hear NORAS_PAT on this one. I make British ones every year now (and I don't eat them - I don't like them) and they are different from what I've always thought of as typical fruitcake. And mine follows an old traditional recipe; it's also loaded with brandy. I guess it must make up for anything lacking, as the Brits tell me the cakes are good. They always disappear by New Year's, so they must pass muster!
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JINLYNN 12/16/2012 2:02AM

    My birthday falls into this category - Jan 5th. Growing up it was an awfully long wait between my birthday and Christmas. I often wished my birthday were in the summer, at least that would even out the time between gift receiving. Now I have 5 younger relatives with December/January birthdays (nephew & great nieces & nephews) so I try to make their birthdays extra special.
My sister and her family (children & grandchildren) live a 10 hour drive away, so we are not always together for birthdays. Sometimes when I go to visit we will celebrate a Happy Unbirthday party. Even though there is no one with a birthday we will have a birthday cake and presents from the dollar store. Everyone gets a gift and we sing a Happy Unbirthday song. The little ones really enjoy.....and so do the older ones!
And I am not fond of fruit cake! I think it makes a great door stop!


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FLEMIDG 12/16/2012 12:41AM

    When I lived in the country we would sometimes travel by train to Winnipeg for Christmas, or the rest of the family would come to visit us. I love fruitcake. My mom used to bake it every year. She always made a 3-layer cake. We all had to help stir it as it was very hard work. My brother was born on December 31. I remember my mom telling me that when she was having my brother the nurses in the hospital tried to convince her to wait until midnight to have her baby, but my mom said no way, he's coming now. That was 79 years ago this year. My son was born on December 19. His wife was born on December 21. I also have a granddaughter who was born on January 12.



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JAMER123 12/16/2012 12:07AM

    Let's see. We celebrated Christmas Eve at home then to grandma's house every Christmas for the day. After I was married & had kids, we lived 140 and 185 miles from either parents so we celebrated as we come find a good time for us to get together. As far as fruitcake, didn't have around and till don't!!

We celebrate several family birthdays in our family and extended family. My DH 12/12, a niece 12/15 a friend 12/3, 12/5. a cousin 12/12. I know there are others I cna't think of right now. We also have a difficult time around Christmas with a great nephew's death on 12/12 and my father on 12/16. There are many way of celebrating the birth of Jesus.

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/15/2012 11:48PM

    I like English fruitcake too ! My Mum's birthday was December 30th and mine is January 25th .

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NORASPAT 12/15/2012 11:26PM

    MY DH Birthday is January 30th too.

I like English style fruit cake nothing like the ones here. I dislike the big hunks of pineapple and citron. We never had them that way our had very small delicate pieces of fruit.

We use raisins, currants and assorted peels but they are chopped very small. we also use ground almonds and DH looks forward to them so do my neighbours it is more like a mincemeat cake since it often has RUM, BRANDY or some sherry mixed in to it. Se used to make Christmas cake in October and they were put in a a cake tin until December and then they had Almond paste and royal icing added. By Christmas they had MATURED well. There is very little sugar in Christmas cakes the fruits makes them so sweet.
HUGS Pat in Maine, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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