Saturday

Snowy Morning & Christmas Memories

Snow on our patio chairs, this morning. We expect to see another 5 or so inches before the snow ends, early Sunday morning. Molly certainly enjoys seeing snow. She loves to romp around and roll around in the white stuff! She's outdoors, as I type, having the time of her life!
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I've been tagged by Sher of Sher's Creative Expressions. I'm to list twelve things about myself, with Christmas as the theme.
I've included several black and white photos. Some are from Christmas, with our Grandchildren, 2006.

1. Christmas is my favorite of all holidays. The reason for the celebration is what makes it so special to our family.

2. When I was a child, just about everyone, I knew went to the country, to cut a tree, for Christmas. In southwest Missouri, a Cedar Christmas Tree, graced most homes, in those days.
3. One Christmas Tree, stands out in my memory, in particular. Most of my childhood Christmases were spent with Grandad and Granny. We seldom had a tree in our own home. One year, when I was about 16 years old, we decided to have a tree at home. My sister and I, along with several friends, found a huge old Cedar and brought it to our tiny home. Alas, we had no ornaments or lights! We were resourceful, my sister and I ! We returned soda bottles, found here and there and used the deposit money to buy a can of snow spray. With the help of our friends, we managed to secure the tree in a makeshift stand and sprayed it with the canned "snow". With some of our soda bottle money, we purchased tinsel icicles and carefully placed them on our tree. That tree was gorgeous. It certainly was a tree I'll never forget. It's only adornment, the tinsel and snow and it's wonderful fragrance.
4. At the age of seven I was one of the tiniest Angels in our church Christmas program, my 4 year old sister was the other. Even though I was only 7, at the time, I've not forgotten the program, my wings and halo or the wonderful music.
5. Many times we celebrate Christmas a few days early. Our children are able to visit other family, without the stress of going from home to home to home on Christmas Day.
6. A scavenger hunt for a special gift, is often included in our Christmas festivities. It's fun to write the clues and wrap them in pretty packages, then watch the gift recipient search the house for more clues and finally the gift!
7. Our Christmas menu usually consists of Clam Chowder, Appetizers and Dessert.
8. Each year, our family eagerly awaits the "game". Each person brings 5 inexpensive gifts. A gag gift is always included. We pile the beautifully wrapped gifts in the center of the floor or the big farmhouse table, in the breakfast room. Dice is rolled to determine who takes a gift. Our version requires a 7 or 11 to choose a gift and doubles to rob your neighbor. At the end of the game, we always make sure, each of us has the same amount of gifts. After opening these packages, the game continues, with a gift swap. It's fun to see all the bartering!
9. Christmas Eve is a special time for church services.
10. A special memory, Mother reading the Christmas Story, from the Bible.
11. Last night, I once again enjoyed one of my favorite Christmas movies, It's a Wonderful Life. No matter how many times I see this movie, I still laugh, cry and enjoy seeing it, as if it was the first time.
12. Last, but certainly not least, J and I met just after Thanksgiving, 1982. Another reason to celebrate this special time of year.
This photograph was taken by Xanti, who has an amazing natural gift for photography. Drew seems to be watching for Santa Claus.

This is one of my favorite photos of Gabi, last Christmas. It's absolutely unposed. She picked up the ornament from a candleholder on the hearth. Luckily, I had the camera ready!
Our beautiful Xanti, wearing her Princess Santa hat.
Our newest Grandchild, Noah. We eagerly await his first Christmas!
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Please post 12 things about yourself, with Christmas as the theme, for the Holiday Hoopla Tag, then tag several others for the challenge.
Merry Christmas!!

46 comments:

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Pat, I just went back & looked at your hometour pics. Those were wonderful. Ya'll sure are having some nasty weather this week..I don't envy you that. We are having warmer than normal temps right now. I know you must have enjoyed seeing all the homes on tour too!

Loved your things about yourself, what great memories & your black/white photos are sooooo pretty. Little Noah looks so cozy resting on Grandma!

Merry Christmas & hugs!
Rhoda

Deb said...

Wonderful post Pat! I so enjoyed reading all your wonderful Christmas memories and your lovely pictures. This Christmas will be extra special with baby Noah. And I can just imagine the fun Molly is having in the snow - Benny is plowing through it with his nose- labs and snow just go together :-}

Pamela said...

I so much enjoyed reading your Christmas memories.

The smell of our Christmas tree is probably the most precious memory I have from childhood. We lived on farm/forest land. We cut it fresh and dragged it across the fields to home. It was always perfect in my eyes (even though my oldest brother remembered my mom sending him back for a better one)

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

I've read thru this post several times....I loved reading about all your memories & traditions and the pictures are all beautiful.

We are supposed to get a big storm tonight with several inches of snow!
Happy Holidays, DebraK

Andi said...

I came by to tell you I tagged you and see that you're already "it"!!! Love your Christmas memories and as always your photos are beautiful.

Terri and Bob said...

Pat. I loved your pictures. These are such quiet expressions of your love for christmas. I enjoyed reading about your memories. And baby Noah, such a blessing to have at this time of year!

bj said...

Oh, I so love reading these things about you and your Christmas. I love your black/white photos...and Noah is just the most precious gift, decoration, blessing, and ball of love you will have this entire season!! What a gift!
Hugs, bj

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Pat,
I love the scavenger hunt idea. That sounds like such fun.

I gazed at your snow pictures with pure envy! I know it's wrong, but I just can't help it. (Molly and I may have more in common than I thought. lol)

And Noah looks absolutely precious. There's nothing like holding an infant, is there? Of all your wonderful pictures in this post (the snow ones included) the one of you holding Noah would have to be my favorite. So very sweet.

Merry Christmas!
Kari

Brenda said...

Wonderful post. Loved learningmore about you.

shaybert said...

Pat, Thank you for stopping by so often and leaving such sweet notes. I visit your blog almost daily and love to join in with your family happenings. Your memories of Christmastime are heartwarming... as is that Baby Noah laying near your heart. We are both enjoying new grands this Season. Special Christmas Blessings! Shay

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Pat!
Loved learning more about you thru this post! The pictures are awesome!
Penny

auntpittypat said...

I've been visiting again. Hope you don't get as much snow as they are predicting. Of course if you have enough M&Ms you should be okay.
It's the cedar trees that I remember most about Christmas. We cut ours at my grandparents farm in Halfway. One of them was a living on and we planted it on the north side of the yard. It got huge. I wonder if it is still there. I can't remember.

smilnsigh said...

Hope the storm is just pretty, because the snow _is_ pretty, this time of year. But hope it brings you no big problems.

I'm so happy to see that you too, can celebrate holidays a bit early or late {as things work out} with extended family. Rushing about on one day, especially for families with children, is not good or wise. We've had not-on-the-day Christmases too.

And I love your story of the tree which you and your sister were resourceful enough to put together, once upon a time :-) Precious Christmas memory.

Mari-Nanci

Anonymous said...

I loved your Memories post. I think I was in the same Christmas program
when you and your sister were the angels. We always went to the Christmas
Eve program at church. Then everyone went downstairs where there was a
Christmas tree in the corner and Opel Bradshaw was Santa and gave each of
us a bag of candy with an orange in it. I bet you have that memory too.

And then when we got home, surprise, surprise, Santa had been there!

I will look for Auntpittypat's cedar tree next time I pass by that house.

Catalpa Cottage has colored icicle type lights all around the roof and
looks so pretty this year.

JoAnn

Debbie Egizio said...

Hi Pat, I loved reading your 12 christmas memories. I especially enjoyed reading about the tree that you and your sister decorated with spray snow and tinsel. It actually brought tears to my eyes. Such a sweet memory! Love all of your beautiful B&W holiday images. Adorable shots of the babies.
Well, Merry Christmas to you!
Debbie

Nan said...

So nice to hear about your Christmas things.
Our computer modem went out yesterday and my husband just got it replaced a while ago. I was going nuts w/o my e mail and blogging. In the mean time we also got a bunch of snow that had to be plowed.
Hope you had a good day.
Nan

Amber said...

I really enjoyed all your memories and special thoughts about Christmas. What a treat to see your lovely B&W photos...the one of you and Noah is just precious!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Pat - what a special post about memories. I think we all need to take the time to think about the past. Thank you for sharing yours.

Love your black and white pics and that one with baby Noah is just to sweet.

Hugs - Karen

Andrea said...

Hi Pat! Thanks for doing the Hoopla -- I'm glad you enjoyed doing it. Also, a HUGE thanks for dropping by to let me know that you did it. I wish I would've included that in one of my rules, so I could follow up with everyone!

Thanks again!!

Southern Heart said...

Pat, I loved your photos today, especially the pics of the little ones! Those are definitely frame-worthy.

I also enjoyed reading your tag list...so many great traditions! I accept your tag :) and will be posting mine along with my holiday home tour post tomorrow.

I hope that things warm up a little for you soon!

xoxo, Andrea

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Hi Pat, yeah, we're having some nasty weather here in Michigan too. Although, I must say, I'm not minding. My hubby is not going to fly out tomorrow because of it; our 13 1/2 year will be home from school because it has already been cancelled for Monday; and our 20 year old is finished with her college semester. . . So maybe we'll all just stay home, drink hot cocoa and enjoy our togetherness while watching old Christmas movies. Sounds like bliss to me *sigh*

Blessings,

Sher

Mary Isabella said...

I love your Christmas memories. My wish for you and your family to have the best Christmas ever. Blessings

lindaharre said...

Such treasured memories.....thanks for sharing them with us! Have a glorious Holiday.....Christmas hugs, Linda

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Hi Pat, thanks for sharing memories about yourself and Christmas. And for the beautiful blk & whit pictures of your best "treasures"...grandma!
xo Lidy

Judy said...

Hey Pat! I have not commented on your pictures before but have been an avid fan ever since I discovered the blogging world! I have just created my blog and would appreciate you running over and taking a look at it. It's in the infancy stage as I have a lot to learn. Anyway you can find me at gracioussouthernliving.blogspot.com

Merry Christmas - Judy

Rosemary said...

Hey Pat,
I just retagged you without even checking your blog.
I will go back and tag another.
Interesting reading.
Rosemary

Deserae said...

I loved seeing all your pictures...it is always such a treat! It was a lot of fun to read about all your Christmas traditions and memories too :o)
Merry Christmas!!!
~Des

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh I love your pics...all the wee ones are so cute!!
Blessings,
Robin

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Merry Christmas Pat, loved your Christmas memories, very nice! And your home tour is lovely! Holiday hugs!!

The Feathered Nest said...

I always love the b&w photos! The snow picture is especially pretty. I like looking at other people's snow, I don't want any!

Loved your Holidy Hoopla - such lovely memories and traditions.

Manuela

Sheila said...

I haad fun reading your Holiday Hoopla. I just did that meme too..!
Love the photo of you with baby..so sweet..!
hugs
xx

Defining Your Home said...

Pat, I love your blog and all the photos and wonderful musings! You have a wonderful home and family. I'm Wonbyherwits on the GW and GI forums. Cameron

Raised In Cotton said...

Hi Pat~
What a lovely post and the Homes tour post was just as lovely! Beautiful pictures of your family and of course the picture of the snow covered chairs is perfect!
Hugs:)
Carol

Julie said...

Oh - that was a fun read. I also totally enjoyed the Christmas home tour. Wow - that first house you posted was amazing!!

If you have some free time to relax (ha ha) please stop by my blog and read my Christmas story if you have not already. You will get a laugh at my expense..I promise!

The Decorated House said...

Ah Pat, your Christmas tree story made me cry. Funny the things that stand out as the "best" isn't it?
I love that picture of you with your new grandbaby. But then I think all of yours are super precious.
Hugs, Donna

Southern Heart said...

Pat, I'm just stopping by to say hi and leave a hug for you. :) I emailed you today from work...I hope it got to you! Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you!

Love, Andrea

~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

Hi Pat!
I loved reading about your Christmas memories! My favorite, & I can picture it so well is the cedar tree with snow & tinsel. So simple & old fashioned! The tinsel icicles were always my favorite part of the tree when I was a little girl!

Happy Holidays!
Kathy

Robyn said...

Just lovely as usual! Thanks for sharing!

Dido said...

Hi, Pat Just found you here and so wanted to say hi, You have a wounderful home as always, Just want to wish you a "Merry Christmas"
Dido

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Hi Pat, just as I thought. I didn't leave a comment here before when I came by. But I was here! Savoring your photos and your new grandbaby! What a doll. Glad I got another peek at him! And all the cute kids around your place!

Merry Christmas!
Melissa

Adriann said...

Pat, good morning! Thanks for the tag. I've been out of the loop a bit this week and won't be able to post my response until this weekend.

It's been crazy around here with Christmas parties, work, shopping, etc.

Until then,

Blessings!

Q said...

Merry Christmas Pat,
Blessings for you and your loved ones.
Your Christmas memories are sweet! The making of new memories delightful!
Enjoy all of your celebrations.
Sherry

scrappermimi said...

I just love all your pictures! Fantastic!

Chris said...

A really great post, Pat. I hope you have many wonderful memories this year to add to those you have shared with us :-)

Mockingbird Hill said...

Such a heartwarming post...I was also part of the "12 List" and it was so bittersweet to list those 12special things.

The B&W photos are lovely...can't wait to see Noah enjoying this Christmas!

Thanks for letting us in...

Cassie

Susie Q said...

Just gorgeous photos dear Pat..but that last one is stunning! How lucky you both are...and how precious your Grandchildren are.

How is sweet Gabi?? I hated to read that she had been ill.

Love to you all...

Hugs,
Sue