leanin' H wrote:As kids, we'd always end up at my Uncle and Aunt's home or them over to ours, on Christmas eve and we'd break out the guitar and sing cowboy and Christmas songs. We'd have home made eggnog too, and somehow my wonderful uncle would always manage to have a little something extra in his. Always made for some great times as he'd sing old cowboy songs and some he just made up. I've shed a tear or two since he's gone but some were from laughing. We always put hay out for the reindeer and I was (and my kids still are), amazed at the deer tracks in the snow if we have any. Our family picks a family or two and we do secret Santa for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Just little gifts and anonymous, but helps us remember giving is way better than getting. We always go cut a tree too. Thanks for the memories of Christmas's past! Your thread sure brought me a smile!
Twister Frost wrote:Thank you, Leaning H, Big Muddy, and Faster for the ideas. Spent some time today talking about it again, even brought it up to an older class and had a few really neat ones. I guess time marches on---although, like all three of you, have a spent a good part of my day thinking back on my growing-up years and yearning to go back! I also have to admit that I myself have let some of the traditions that I held dearest in my younger years slip and change because of thinking I am too busy. I now have a great nephew who is into Christmas, so I see Elf 33 making a comeback this year--it's been 9 years--I hope I remember the voice! Wishing all a blessed Christmas season and a very Happy New Year full of health and happiness.
PS--Faster, I love your story. I am really thinking about seeing my siblings would like to do this this year, instead of the White Donkey exchange. A brother and I already do this with a birthday card. We tend to lean towards the humorous side, as it is, and I can imagine some pretty good gifts. Thank you for the idea!
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