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Trusting that everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday, regardless of those “silly” rules about not seeing your family for gatherings. A little bit of cheer makes the Christmas spirit shine, and that’s difficult to do on your own behind the lock-down of COVID-19.
We watched “The Bible” on the History Channel all Christmas Eve afternoon and evening, taking several breaks until we got too tired to stay awake. Truly worth watching; it’s nice to see Bible verses in plain English and so very well acted, a must see for any time of the year.
During that evening, and several hours after we turned in for the night, we heard some strange sounds outside of our Nixburg home. A loud, low-flying airplane that we heard coming for a while came over head like a strong clap of thunder. Then shortly after that a helicopter did the very same thing. An hour or so after that, I heard someone hammering a post; that’s what it sounded like. Hitting a hard piece of wood and having time to re-swing for another hit. Seems to be a strange thing to hear in the middle of the night, when one cannot see well at all.
For those traveling it’s extra work, with the packing of your needs and gifts. I managed to go to my family in England during the early seventies; lucky that I was young and able to manage the tiring journey.
Ron and I were just talking the night before Christmas Eve about how much we loved and enjoyed our Christmas dinner when the family and friends would all join us, and I would cook a big meal with all the extras, with a couple of friends bringing a dish. On a lovely table setting, we each had a Christmas Cracker. We pulled the crackers around the table, and inside each person got a small gift, a motto and most importantly a paper crown. Everyone went along with adding to the merriment by wearing their paper crown, and yes, some needed a tad of coaxing; it was such fun. A very traditional British Christmas indeed. We even had Yorkshire pudding, just like my mum did for her Christmas dinner table.
This year was made special; since we have no family close by and would dread the long drive, requiring an overnight stay; we were invited for Christmas dinner along with other small families to Rick and Jackie Dean’s home in Equality. There was an array of colored Christmas lights around the front gardens and more to welcome all comers.
The Deans are so friendly and welcoming that it is always a joy to be there with the family. Jackie thought there was no need to spend Christmas alone, so she invited many and prepared a feast to feed us all. The food was wonderful. Everything was so delicious, and there were so many choices, plus super cakes, including the very best red velvet cake I have had. It was moist, homemade, with a great frosting full of pecans. Every person enjoyed the food and the company, plus was offered a to-go box, and I was sure to get mine.
The friendly folks joining the Deans’ home for Christmas dinner were: Karen Spaeth, Herbert and Irma Traylor, Robbie and David Dial, Burt and Sharon Coffman, Donna, Rebecca Maverick, and Hollie Blake; and the Dean family: Rick, Jackie, Phillip, Lachlan, Allison, and Benjamin, and also Lindsey and Brylee, and Matthew.
A lot of thought and work goes into hosting so many for a dinner that everyone enjoyed and were thankful for. Kudos, Rick and especially Jackie, for the great cooking.
Happy New Year and wishes for good health throughout 2022 to everyone.
Until next year, keep smiling and enjoy the changeable weather.
Remember, if you have news to share or a celebration, just call me at 256-234-0957 or send me a short email to Smanorlady@gmail.com. I will be happy to share with the readers.