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The MOST wonderful time of the year…

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Nana--the most BEAUTIFUL name in the world! MY Nana was the MOST special person in my life!



Isn't she BEAUTIFUL!!!! This is probably what she looked like in 1961 when I was born.

When my mother was 23, she got pregnant with me, and 2 months later her father died of a massive heart attack. My grandmother was only 52, her husband was HER world, and she grieved much for his loss! Naturally, when I was born, my grandmother made 'much ado' over me, and I was the glad recipient of her attentiveness, affections, and abounding gifts of time. She was my teacher, confidant and friend, and I miss her ESPECIALLY this time of year, or as she taught...the most wonderful time of the year.



CHRISTMAS! Ahhhh, the very word conjures up nostalgic memories that encompass my world!



CHRISTMAS! During this cherished season, I relish every memory from my Nana bustling about the kitchen; to the old, classic turntable playing Grandpa's [my grandmother remarried when I was 8 years old] favorites from Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole; to the crackling of the fires; to the many craft projects; to *even* the smell of my grandfather's pipe or cigar! If I close my eyes, I can feel the crisp air, and anticipation in our young hearts, as we waited for the Chistmas Light ceremony where my grandfather would give a speech, and WELCOME the holiday with the ONE row of outdoor Christmas lights illuminating their house! ha! You would have thought we had NOTHING on the Kansas City Plaza's season of LIGHTS event!



CHRISTMAS! I'm SO thankful that my Nana taught me to love and embrace traditions. I started Christmas traditions BEFORE Nicholas could talk! :-) One very special tradition we embraced was the COOKIE event of the year! Out came the recipes, aprons and tins--dozens and dozens of cookies and dozens of DIFFERENT **kinds** of cookies. My grandmother LOVED cookies, and of course, her granddaugther followed suit! Mmmmmm, I can smell the sugar cookies, date balls, spritzes, fudge, divinity, and the list goes on and on.



My grandfather worked for a theatrical advertising company, and he would get the 'reel tins' that movies came in for free. We would carefully place all our baked cookies [treasures] in these tins--we probably had at least 20 different varieties. THEN the DAY would come--we would make our yummy 'love plates' for the nursing home residents and shut-ins. Oh, it was SO fun! We would put the 'plain type' cookies on the bottom, and then the beautifully decorated cookies on top. We would wrap them in cellophane wrap and then decorate each plate with ribbon. They looked BEAUTIFUL!



And THIS is how my heart felt as we wrapped up in our coats, hats, scarves and mittens and headed on the road to make our deliveries…

I was BURSTING at the seams!

CHRISTMAS! The awe and appreciation on the faces of those elderly recipients is still firmly etched in my memory--so thrilled by my Nana's culinary skills! Her listening ears to each of their physical ailments and woes wasn't UNnoticed by the little girl watching her every move. She was and will forever be my hero!



CHRISTMAS! Now she celebrates every year in heaven! Oh, for ONE more CHRISTMAS **with** her, and yet somehow every year, the day after Thanksgiving, I can sense her presence. And this year, it's ESPECIALLY meaningful to me because my grandmother taught me that Christmas is more than the ornaments and tinsel on the tree; more than the gifts given and received; more than the music and the parties--Christmas is in the HEART, and you don't need money or possessions to take pleasure in this holiday! I TREASURE all the things that she taught me, but most of all, I'm grateful that my grandmother taught me about Jesus--the TRUE reason for the season! Thank you, Nana, for the richness of my heritage!

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KATHYKIM 1/10/2013 9:55AM

    I cried when I read this. What a wonderful tribute!


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JUSFOLK 12/8/2012 8:40PM

    In future years, your grandchildren will undoubtedly write such a tribute about you!

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NISSANGIRL 12/8/2012 7:37AM

    Thanks for posting this heartwarming beautiful blog! your grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful woman! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITT52 12/8/2012 6:45AM

    my Grandmother was a very special part of my life too.

Have a Merry Christmas

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ERIECANALGAL 12/8/2012 12:13AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing. My grandmother was like that too!

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/8/2012 12:09AM

    What a wonderful heart warming blog! Merry Christmas to you and yours !

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DAWNESS0404 12/7/2012 10:52PM

    Thank you for sharing your memories!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 12/7/2012 10:30PM

    emoticon I have yet to figure out traditions with our family. It always lacks for our transient lifestyle. One day! I'd love to be a lady of strong faith.
Beautiful memories.

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LINDAF49 12/7/2012 9:51PM

    Wonderful memories and I love the pictures you chose...I have every one of them in my Christmas collection for this year [except Nana of course] Thank you for sharing this beauutiful blog and memories. Hugs and a plate of cookies to enjoy and since they are just on paper, no calories!

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KADULAC 12/7/2012 9:09PM

    A wonderful woman. Those are great memories you have, and I know are passing on to your own daughter. You are so blessed.

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 12/7/2012 7:49PM

    emoticon Great blog spark friend, well written and beautiful. I love the holidays too.
And you have a beautiful grandmother.

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SAL1512 12/7/2012 6:25PM

    Good memories! They are the best part of the holiday season!
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PRESBESS 12/7/2012 12:08PM

    Most heart warming blog!
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PATTYKLAVER 12/7/2012 7:45AM

    What wonderful memories you have! My parents started a lot of traditions that I try to keep up with. I need to make more of an effort this year. I love your nana's idea of taking cookies to shut-ins and nursing homes. I think I will do that this year. Thanks.

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LJCANNON 12/6/2012 10:57PM

    emoticon Thank You for sharing your Nana with us!! She was as Beautiful as You are!! How Blessed you were to have her!!

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PURESTILLWATER 12/6/2012 10:40PM

    Beautiful

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NDTEACHER1 12/6/2012 10:17PM

    What wonderful memories, thank you for sharing them with us.

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GRACEISENUF 12/6/2012 9:50PM

    Oh Susan what a beautiful tribute blog to your Nana, it brought tears to my eyes.

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KMICHA 12/6/2012 9:42PM

    Ahhhhhh . . . .l beautiful!!!

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MR.NET1 12/6/2012 9:22PM

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PJ2222 12/6/2012 9:12PM

    Merry Christmas To All! And Best Wishes For A Happy, Prosperous & Healthy New Year!

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