Christmas memories...........

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Memories....

That's what Christmas is...

Especially for the ones who are gaining in years...

Each year I stress over the commercialism of Christmas, the installation of decorations in November or earlier....

Each year I swear that I am not going to drag out the old antique decorations at my house and I'm surely not going to buy any new ones since the house is practically empty with no little ones waking before dawn and dragging me out. 

Husband is a baby, himself.  He starts saying, "Are we not going to have any decorations for Christmas?"  I say to him, "You know where they are.  Go get them out."   He does nothing.  But every few days I get this pathetic sad look from him.

Finally, about now, two weeks before Christmas, which is plenty of time for decorating, I start dragging out the old stuff.

There's the Christmas Santa collection that I've gathered up over the years with some being gifts from kids.  I really like those Santas.  Some I like better than others and I really like this one that is an old chalk sleeping Santa with a price of 69 cents on the bottom.  You know back when chalk was big, that would have been an expensive Santa! Sleeping Santa

And here is the ugly candle Santa that my son said was the ugliest thing he'd ever seen.  Therefore, each year it has to be beside his picture.  I lost him in 1996 and it still hurts to think of but I know he chuckles when the ugly Santa and the two old worn out decorations made by his beloved grandmother come out to share Christmas with him. He had the greatest sense of humor.  He'd be giggling all over again about how he hated that candle. 

Here are the hand-made decorations made by my students and myself when I taught Art in the school system!

Oh!  Here's the Christmas cow made by a client whom I sold a house to and still love!  I have to call her and remind her of how much I love this cow.

And here are the angels from Junior Auxiliary's Angel Tree.  Every year the Junior Auxiliary would make angels of some kind, decorate a tree with them and when someone gave money or adopted a child to buy Christmas for they'd get an angel.  I have a lot of them and I love them all.  Sadly, they've discontinued the angels even though they still do Christmas for Kids.

 Well, guess what?

 

I've gotten myself into the Christmas mood and am remembering Christmas's past and looking forward to this one.  I hope you are too.

 

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Craig Richardson
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Barb, great post, thanks!  Christmas memories are the best!

Dec 13, 2009 09:23 PM #1
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Steven L. Smith
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Dear Godmother,

Here is my own memory from last year when I was upset by Mr Charles slighting me.

Nutsy

Dec 14, 2009 11:36 AM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Craig, thanks!

Nutsy, another memory!!!  I've chewed you out about that drinking Santa suit before!  Do you think I should reblog my Is Nutsy Real blog from last year?

Dec 14, 2009 12:16 PM #3
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Barbara, would you buy your godswine son some new clothes please?

Dec 14, 2009 12:32 PM #4
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A note for Nutsy: When you go to Searcy to visit your Godmother be very cautious and under no circumstances should you don your WWI aviator's outfit.  As we learned on a previous thread, there's a woman down there in Cleburne County who abhors flying squirrels. As a matter of fact, she freely boasts of having caused the demise of several of your aviating cousins. Have a nice visit but don't go anywhere near Greer's Ferry Lake.    Bob C.           PS. I hope your Christmas is enjoyable this year.

Dec 14, 2009 02:47 PM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Kate, sometimes that godson of mine can be very trying.  Kids will be kids, I guess, as you'll probably be expert with all those new additions!

Bob, Nutsy may want to adopt you too.  You're very nice to warn him about that Anita squirrel killer at Heber Springs.  What's a flying squirrel, anyhow?

 

Dec 14, 2009 03:14 PM #6
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What's a flying squirrel, anyhow? They are cute little critters who have gotten an undeserved reputation as  pests-- just because they sought shelter in someone's cozy attic.   See for yourself at: http://www.flyingsquirrels.com/  and http://www.flyingsquirrels.com/Images/index.html   

Of course some of their less fortunate cousins, who do not have the extra skin between the body and legs, have adopted Curtiss Jennys  http://www.altairva-fs.com/fleet/images/curtissjn4d_800.jpg  for their air maneuvers. That would make them also "flying squirrels".

Bob C.

Dec 14, 2009 03:50 PM #7
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As of this morning, my killed flying squirrel count is 5.   But in case Nutsy or any of his relatives are steering clear of Heber Springs,  I guess in fairness I need to tell you - and Barbara - that I live in GREERS FERRY, NOT Heber Springs.   Greers Ferry is a town of over 900 inhabitants, on Greers Ferry Lake.....and 20 miles from Heber Springs, or about 2 miles as the crow flies.  

Barbara, how would you feel if I said you lived in Bald Knob?  

Anita Fuller

 

 

Dec 14, 2009 06:34 PM #8
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Godmother,

This friend of yours, in my circles, sounds like a real Lizzy Borden or whatever her name was. Prior to my time upholding justice.'

Nutsy

Dec 14, 2009 08:48 PM #9
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Nutsy,

I think you may have met up with another Ms Kate.  That lady from Greer's Ferry (not to be confused with Heber Springs)  sounds ferocious and those little flying squirrels are so CUTE.  Did you see Mr. Bob's pictures of them?  Mr. Bob is nice!  We need him on our side.

Godmoma Barbara

Dec 14, 2009 09:09 PM #10
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If those cute little furry animals would NOT inhabit my attic, I would not be stalking them with murder in mind.  I love little animals - big ones, too - but when they get in my attic, eat on some the things I've stored up there and mainly get down behind my shower in the bathroom and scratch all night long, then it's time for action.  I"ve killed 5 so far but am still hearing the patter of their little feet as they run up and down and again last night, heard their scratching.  The scratching is getting fainter, though, so I'm thinking I'm making headway.

A Lizzie Borden I'm not:  I just kill flying squirrels, not my parents.  But I'd LOVE to kill their parents.

Anita Fuller

Dec 15, 2009 07:26 AM #11
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Anita. LOL. Happy to learn that your rampage is limited to the attic invaders as I was about to e-mail that cute little insurance lizard and warn him to stay out of Cleburne County, Arkansas. So, Nutsy, it seems that your visit to Arkansas will be safe as long as you don't venture into any attics.   Bob C.

Dec 15, 2009 11:14 AM #12
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Hello Barbara and this is a heart warming post and you sure get some very different comments coming across your posts. Your post has been featured at one of my favorite groups full of friends at ............

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