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Christmas Memory # 17 – More Bits & Pieces

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For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.

Just a few more short memories combined today, as I think of them. Then, since time is short coming up on Christmas Day, there will be one longer story, probably on Monday, and then a poem on Christmas Eve.

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Most years on Christmas Eve night, we’d go to my Granny & Grand-dad’s house. There we’d get together with relatives that we didn’t get to see all that often, from Oklahoma, and New Mexico. We’d have a nice home-made supper, and then open gifts. Later all the cousins would play cards at the kitchen table, while the grown-ups talked and played dominoes (42) on card tables in the living room. That was always fun.

Christmas morning, we’d be at home and get up really early to see what Santa had brought, then open our gifts from under the tree. Later, for lunch, we’d go to my Grand-ma & Grand-pa’s house to meet with other relatives, and have more gifts to unwrap, and then eat a big Christmas lunch. (my story on Monday will be about this)

One year right before Christmas a friend of my husband and myself came over with a gift. That was unusual as we never did the gift exchange with him. So, I opened the box. It was an outfit of black stretchy pants & top that has tiny silver threads running through it. It of course didn’t fit. So I gave it back. Now this is the bad part … much later we found out that the gift was from a bunch of presents he’d stolen from under someone’s tree that year.

For a long time one of my favorite traditions was to make cut out Christmas cookies. I have cookie cutters in all kinds of Christmas, and other shapes. The recipe made several dozens of cookies, and it took most all of the day to get them baked, and then decorated. I haven’t done this in quite awhile, though. Some years I did it all by myself, and other years my girls would help with the decorating.

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I think this will be all of these for now, but Monday will be the story I wrote about Grandma’s Christmas Kitchen.

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coloring book page of black & white kitty with red bow – green letters saying Meow-ee Christmas

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Share Your World – Christmas Questions & Answers

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https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/12/16/share-your-world-12-16-19/

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This time for SYW, Melanie has given us some questions to answer about Christmas. Thanks, Melanie

To join in, and also see other entries, just click the above link.

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  • Do you enjoy receiving Christmas cards through snail mail? 

Yes, I love getting Christmas cards in the mail every year. I like sending them, too.

  • Do you like the taste and/or smell of peppermint?

Peppermint is one of my very favorite tastes and smells. For some years I’d receive as a gift one of those huge peppermint logs. That would last a long time, as I chipped pieces off a little at a time.

  • What is your least favorite holiday side dish?

Least favorite holiday side dish … Can’t really think of anything I don’t like. I always take a sample of everything and enjoy it all.

  • What is the coolest (best) gift you ever gave someone?

I have no idea if what I’ve given was thought to be ‘cool’. You’d have to ask them if they liked it. I can’t even remember what I gave them. Oh, wait … several times I gave my husband a guitar for Christmas. I think he liked them, except one time when I didn’t know the difference – I gave him a left handed guitar!

  • Bonus question because I thought it was nifty:   What is a Christmas song that makes you cringe?   (Please insert the word “Holiday” for Christmas if Christmas isn’t your thing or bothers you or something)
  • A song I don’t like … hmmm … I like most of them, but don’t want to hear them until right before Christmas (do not play them at Halloween!) I’d say that Mariah Carey song, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” … yeah, can’t stand that one – sorry if you do like it.

GRATITUDE:

Please share some of your favorite music around this time of year.

 

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Here’s a favorite one to hear at Christmas time. 🙂

I love the words, the music, the meaning, and hopefulness, and that it encourages people to pray for peace for everyone.

 

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© 2019 BS

Christmas Memory # 11 – Germany

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For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.

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We were in Germany in 1972 at Christmas time. I have lots of good memories about this one, as it was the first time I celebrated Christmas in another country.

We lived in the city of Furth/Nuremberg in an apartment building. Most of the tenants were with the American military and their families. One of our good neighbors was such, and his wife was German. They had a little girl, too.

We got together with them all the time, for food and card games, and I’d baby sit the little girl sometimes, too. They invited us to their Christmas dinner that year, and had some traditions that for us was different and very enjoyable.

Below, is what I wrote about it in a past post.

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A photo of the sugar cone melting over a copper pot.

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Burnt Punch (German)

The Burnt Punch photo was taken when we lived in Germany. Our neighbors invited us over for a Christmas meal and had this, also. I’d forgotten what it was called, so looked under ‘burning sugar cone’ and this is what it said about it. It’s a German tradition, called Feverzaugenbowle (burnt punch). It contains wine, fruits and spices. The solid sugar cone is soaked in rum, then set afire, and it melts/drips into the metal punch bowl. 🙂 Another traditional German drink we were introduced to was the Rumtopf. This is a crock jar, that fruits are added to, layered, with rum. We had a lovely meal, that included actual reindeer meat, and boiled chestnuts. They lit the candles on their  Christmas tree, and we listened to classical music. I imagine we also played some card games, too, as that is what we did quite frequently. 🙂

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And here’s a photo of our presents and a few evergreen branches I put up. Also a photo of our friend lighting the Christmas candles on the tree.

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Another fun thing we did this year was going to the Christmas Market there in the town. It was full of Christmas cheer and decorations. I bought a couple of ornaments to keep, and still have them.

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© 2016 & 2019 BS

WEEKLY WEATHER – WET & ONE WORD PHOTO CHALLENGE – FOOD

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WEEKLY WEATHER – WET & ONE WORD PHOTO CHALLENGE – FOOD

This Week’s Challenges: May 7 – 13 (OWPC & WW)

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Wet at swimming pool, wet at airport, food in pantry, food on plate, and we call this ‘wet food’ for the cats, as opposed to the crunchy kind. 🙂

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© 2017 BS

 

STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS SATURDAY – SOCS – FOOD

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STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS SATURDAY – SOCS – FOOD

Today we are to write about food, on the SOCS weekly blog fun!

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 27/16

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Good afternoon, y’all. Today for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, we are to talk about food. Ok, I like food 🙂 Mostly sweet things. I get bored with everything else, but you have to eat something, anyway. It doesn’t matter to me what it is, unless it is something I find gross. Like those TV food shows (you probably know the ones) that go all over the world, eating nasty stuff. Well, to me it is. I don’t even like watching them.

And, what about food fights? You see that sometimes on TV. Does anyone really throw food at each other? Sure doesn’t sound fun to me. Another thing I’d say no to are those food eating contests, where people compete for prizes, I think, by stuffing themselves with more and more food. That can’t be good for you.

Some phrases we hear all the time are… Food for thought (I can sort of understand this one)… Food fit for a King (so, is no food fit for a Queen?)… and then, there are grocery stores with Food in the name, such as… Food King (still no Queen), Food Emporium (really?)… Food basket (ok, makes sense)…

Now that I’ve typed Food so many times, the word sounds weird…say it with me… Food, food, food, fooooooddd… hahaha …it makes your lips pucker up! hahaha 😉

So, I have my afternoon coffee. Is that a food, or just a beverage? There are liquid foods, solid foods, crunchy, slimy, sweet, sour, yummy and yucky… want me to go on listing stuff? I imagine you don’t…so, I think I’m done for now.

What’s for lunch/ dinner/supper/breakfast/snacks?

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