Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Memories

This past year Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosted a Circle Journal that 10 of us participated in.  We each chose a theme for our book which then traveled all over the country for 10 months.  Beverly’s theme was Christmas Past and we each created two pages in her book of our own Christmas memories. I’ll have to show you my completed book another day.  I saved the pages I did last summer in her book to share at Christmastime. That shushing Santa is actually an envelope and I wrote down my memories and tucked them in there.  At this time of year I still get homesick for the McAllen of the ‘50s.


That picture below of Main St is the actual Main St in the ‘60s and the drawings are just some of things I loved. 


So this is what I wrote…..

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Traveling far back into Christmas Past I thought about my  favorite parts of the holidays.  We didn't have stockings and we had our "tree" on Christmas Eve.  No, the  excitement for me was the towncard00056_fr

itself- especially Main St.   When the giant evergreen swags071226 were strung up from building to building spanning the street that signaled Christmas was coming.  My sister and I played our 45 record of Gene Autry's "Rudolf" endlessly. We had a cardboard nativity set that we put up every year and I always got the honor of putting it together. The most I remember about our tree was putting on those heavy, heavy icicles.  Sears moved out on the Highway in a new building  and a whole section devoted to kids would appear - Toyland. And that's where you'd go to see Santa who was located near the Candy counter.  At school we'd have our classroom party and  everyone must have shopped at the same place because I think we all got those "books" of Lifesavers!  And the Methodist church always had a live nativitym2 with real donkeys, cows and people.  It was amazing. On Christmas Eve - the longest day of the year - as soon as it turned dark we'd pile in the Plymouth to go look at lights. Amazingly Santa would come while we were gone. My dad always forgot his cigarettes on Christmas Eve  and would have to go back in the house to get them.  It was awful - his memory seemed okay the rest of the year and you’d think he would have been more careful because what if Santa came and we were still there? He'd just pass us by I was certain. All was well when we got back home, however.  My sis and I got matching dolls. I remember a red scooter and a little rocking chair at one time or another. 

My favorite memories, however,  were the years my dad worked at the Palace Theater.image  The last show wouldn't let out until after 11 p.m. and if we were mother would let us go with her to pick him up.  We'd go early and drive by the fire station. Holy Cow! The reindeer on the mezzanine rocked back and forth, back and forth while real bells jingled. Honestly, you could stare at them for hours! Then we'd park on Main St and window shop.  I could run a whole block ahead and I had  all of Main St to myself.  Every store front was decorated with trees and gifts and velvet mechanical Santas that would slowly turn and wave.  The wonders of technology right in front of me.  It was like my own private street and I owned all the stores and everything in them!  Sometimes we'd pick our favorite item in every single window display - that was a fascinating game until my sister and I wanted the same thing and we'd argue over who had imaginary ownership. And then I'd look up and my Dad, leaning out his projectionist window high above the marquee, would wave at us.  Time to go.

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"Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart... filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever." --

Bess Streeter Aldrich

im1 from 1950s Nancy!

I’m joining Beverly for Pink Saturday today.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My December To Remember

In case anyone noticed I’ve been in absentia on my blog just about all of December. I can’t really count the Porch post I recycled from 3 years ago and let me tell you – this house had no decorations up until last Saturday.  And even then only the living room got a tree with a few decorations from the craft heap pulled into service.  I’ll be happy when March rolls around and I have just one tree to undecorate! Noooo – just kidding – I always take it down by Valentine’s Day!  Anyway. I’m going to recount the past 20 days in pictures! Yes – I just knew you’d be excited to spend the weekend before Christmas looking at my December! NOT.

I almost forgot that we did a little Christmas decorating at Oodles.  Yawn…do you think it needs more brown? I put some pink in just to rebel.  Really it’s so out of place I need to find that tussie a nice pink home.

That same week we decorated the trees at church. The other decorator and I somehow mixed up our days so I was on my own decorating the trees and windows. Actually it was nice and peaceful spending the day in church all by myself.

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Jeff came later and swagged the choir loft and I swagged the windows.  It’s a pretty church so it just doesn’t need a lot.

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I finished my pages for The Itty Bitty Book Club.  So anxious to get this book back in the mail.

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We couldn’t neglect the sports world and had quite a few basketball games to attend…


and the Football Banquet for my dearly loved Cedar Ridge Raiders…especially that one giving me the “serious” look.

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And I crafted making memory rings

and more memory rings.

Now this has become about my favorite Christmas “event” to attend.  Vespers at St. Martins in Austin hosts the choirs of Texas Lutheran College.  Their voices are truly beautiful as is St Martins at Christmas.

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This year they ended with “Still Still Still” which has to be my favorite carol/hymn.  The choir surrounds the church and it is just beyond beautiful with voices from every direction.  So peaceful.

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Later that week was our Bunco club’s Christmas party – we invite all the subs from the past year and do a gift exchange after 9 rounds of bunco.  They look like nice Lutheran ladies but trust me – they’re all three sheets to the wind.  hahaha

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We do a gift exchange so I made a box for my gift – I liked it better than the gift I put in it.

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This year my older son and his family will be spending Christmas in snowy Illinois so last Sunday night we all got together for some family time.  I’d heard about the drive through light display in Round Rock.  I heard it was fabulous and just knew that my less than enthusiastic family would love it once they got to experience it.  There were soo many cars that the 1/2 hour drive through the park actually took an hour.  And guess what – it seemed like THREE! Let’s just say they were…uh…mediocre. Here’s my grandsons enjoying them.  They love having their pictures taken!

We came back and had gumbo and gave them their gifts.  I tried to set the timer so I could take a family picture and that didn’t work out for me.  So I said let me just take one of them.  They love me taking their picture….jerks.  But they’re my jerks and I love them all to pieces.


So that’s how my December has gone so far.  I haven’t a clue what Beverly has planned for Pink Saturday but I’m linking this tome anyway.  Merry Christmas  bloggy buds – I hope all your dreams come true!  xo Nancy

Joining My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.