December 26, Second Christmas Day

December 27, 2016

Who had ten brothers and sisters and twenty-five nieces and nephews? My mother did. Second Christmas Day was a tradition in our community that was brought over from the “Old Country”, Germany. It was a special day to spend with our grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Each family brought something delicious to eat. The adults caught up with all the family gossip and the young cousins played with each other and renewed that special bond that only cousins have. Christmas Eve was for worship services and gift giving. Christmas Day was for morning church service and a day spent with…

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A Tiny House with Large Christmas Traditions

December 20, 2016

Christmas Eve has always been a magical time for me. The anticipation of the Children’s Christmas Eve Church Service; Santa coming to Aunt Millie and Uncle Willie’s house; and the special meal that was shared by our families. More than a dozen family members gathered in a house not much larger than my den. Aunt Millie was my god-mother and she always remembered me with my favorite foods on Christmas Eve. The menu would include fresh pork sausage from the family smokehouse, fried potatoes with onions, canned peaches from her pantry with lime jello and fresh whipped cream. And, to…

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First Memory Verse for Christmas Eve Service

December 13, 2016

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in their fields keeping watch over their flocks by night.” (Luke 2:8 KJV) I had rehearsed it for weeks to be sure I could recite it perfectly. I was five years old and it was my first time to be part of the Children’s Service on Christmas Eve. The children told the Christmas Story in verse and song. This was a German Lutheran tradition brought by German immigrants to America. At the end of the service, another tradition was followed. The Elders of the church gave a small brown paper bag…

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Uncle John the Carpenter

December 6, 2016

Sally Mudd did not have a proper bed. This was unacceptable for my dad’s Uncle John. I was asked to spend a couple of days with Uncle John and his wife. While I was visiting them, he built a lovely little bed for my dolly. It had rails on the sides, slats on the bottom and four little wooden wheels. It was the perfect size for Sally Mudd. A little mattress and quilt added the final touches. The little bed resides in our guestroom. It looks wonderful and the wheels still roll thanks to the fine carpentry of Uncle John.

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