Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Trivia

Another one of my favorite blogs is entitled Clover Lane.  Their post yesterday was a set of 10 questions/comments about your Christmas events/traditions.  I figured I'd participate too.  I hope you will do the same.  Also, I'm including some pictures of Christmas over the years.

Allison with one of her Christmas gifts at my grandparents' house.            Me in the walker and holding Mom's hand.

Harlan and Allison in front of the Christmas tree in Mableton.                             Harlan checking out Santa.

1. Favorite Christmas Decorations...
Mom made our Christmas stockings as children.  When Dad got elected, Mom decided to purchase new stockings because she felt ours were too casual for the Governor's Mansion.  We all complained so much that she returned them!  Here is our Christmas card picture from the 8th grade, and you can see the stockings in the background.  The other picture is of my grandmother at the Mansion (with the stockings hung on the mantel).


2. Best childhood memories...
I couldn't decide on only one, so here are my two favorite memories.  Every Thanksgiving night we drove downtown to see the lighting of the Rich's great tree.  We never got out of the car, just drove by as they flipped the switch.  Secondly, Mom put together a Christmas Eve party every year (they started the year Harlan was 1, and He's now 36).  She tried to stop doing it several years ago, and we all protested so she decided to continue the tradition (more about this below).

3. Favortie Christmas cookies...
We're really not a Christmas cookie family; however, we know it is officially the holidays once Mom makes sausage balls...yum!

4. Icky Christmas memory...
I really don't have a truly "icky" memory of Christmas.  The worst part of Christmas is not being able to share it anymore with grandparents.  We no longer have any living grandparents, and every Christmas I feel like there is something missing.

5. It's not Christmas without...
the family!  Here are a couple of our Christmas card pictures from over the years.

6. Our Church Service:
We go to the candlelight service (starts at 11 and ends at midnight).  It is such a lovely way to "begin" the special holiday.

7. Christmas Pet Peeve: 
Traffic...I overcome this by shopping early and enjoying down time during the holidays.

8. Favorite Christmas CD: 
Mortified to admit this, but if you know me...you know it!  Kenny and Dolly's Christmas (which I start listening to in October), and it is all my parents' fault for playing it in the car when I was a child.

9. Real or Fake...
Fake this year.  I grew up with a real tree, but I just can't handle the cost and everlasting needles for months following Christmas.

10. I spend Christmas Eve...   
Christmas Eve is a special time in my family (more to come on that in another post).  When we were kids, Dad got us out of Mom's hair on Christmas Eve by taking us to deliver fruit baskets.  We'd purchase about 10 baskets from the local grocery store and deliver them to people who couldn't get out for the holidays or didn't have a family to celebrate the season.  We've visited Dad's life-long mentor, multiple former teachers, and life-long Mabletonians (our home town).  We grew up HATING this part of the holiday, but it is now my favorite.  I've learned so much about Mableton, Dad, my extended family, life, and the importance of character.  What I've taken from this one tradition is something I can never explain. 

Anyway, after the fruit baskets, we head home and prepare for the annual Christmas Eve party.  Santa comes to my parents' home and brings gifts for all the kiddies (cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, etc.).  When Dad was in office, we invited kids in state custody to share in this tradition with us.  It was so neat to see others enjoy the experience too.  Here are some pictures from the Christmas Eve party.  I wish I could find more that were electronic.  Several years ago we put together a scrapbook of pics and everyone's most memorable moment of the parties.  Mom cried when she read it!

  Mom helping Santa pass out all the Christmas gifts.                                 Will, a second generation, to the party.

After cleaning up and a quick nap, we all head to the midnight service at church...a phenomenal way to spend such a fabulous day.


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  1. First of all...your 8th grade Christmas pic. How is it possible that Allison already looks like a lawyer in this picture? How old was she?

    Also, your Dad and Harlan are rocking those clear=glass-aviators. Wow.

  2. I love this! I'm totally stealing it for my blog!

  3. loving the plaid shirt in the christmas card picture. did we really wear stuff like that!?! afriad so and i read clover lane too!!! did i pass along the blog address to you? i can't remember.