Posts tagged ‘Christmas’
That got me started down Memory Lane. I do have some wonderful Christmas memories from my early childhood.
I was a “girly girl”. I loved dolls, and anything related to dolls As I got older, my favorite gifts were books.
The first doll I remember coveting was a Tiny Tears doll. The ads and commercials for Tiny Tears made her sound amazing. She cried real tears! She had her own bottle, and when I fed her water, and then held her upside down and squeezed the heck out of her, the water came out of her huge tear ducts. She lost her appeal pretty quickly. I recall that she was followed by a doll called Betsy Wetsy, and of course she had a hole on her butt and wet her diaper.
Another doll I remember begging for was a walking doll. She was large, and she had braids. In order to get her to walk, you had to hold her hand and sort of rock her side to side while pulling her forward.
No batteries required in any of those early toys!
One toy I remember begging for when I was probably 9 or 10, was a twirling baton. I intended to become an accomplished baton twirler. Well, I did learn the basics, but I was never good at it and I got discouraged. I think the baton stood in a corner of my closet forever after.
I became a little bookworm as soon as I was able to read, and I tended to get wrapped up in reading and collecting book series. As I got older I loved the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, but my favorites early on were the Bobbsey Twins books, and the Raggedy Ann and Andy books.
I wonder if those books are still available these days, and if they would hold the interest of today’s children?
Please feel free to leave a comment about your favorite or best remembered childhood Christmas gift.
Rachel J. Henley
Of Jackson, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the age 93. She was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell Henley and daughter, Marilyn Seller. She is survived by her sons, Bob (Mary) Henley and Ronald Henley; son in-law, Bob Seller; grandchildren, Deb Hein, Bob Henley, Doug Henley, Teresa Dukes, Don Simmons, Tim Simmons and Kelsie Stevens; thirteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild as well as many nieces and nephews. She was born September 6, 1919 to Harry and Daisy Young in Jackson. Rachel was a proud homemaker; she enjoyed cooking, sewing and knitting. She had a strong faith in the Lord and was a Sunday school teacher, played the piano and participated in the choir at Sycamore Baptist Church.
This is part of the published obituary for my Aunt Rachel. I’ll just add that she was a remarkable person and that I have many happy memories of time spent with her, Uncle Hass, and my cousins. Aunt Rachel’s picture should be in the dictionary next to the word NURTURING.
Christmas was nice. Aubrey and Carys, Meredith, and Paige & her little family were here. Kids opened gifts and played. We had too much delicious food. We Skyped with Kay and her family and with Nikki . Collin called on Christmas eve and JD called Christmas day.. We forgot to take pictures!
I spent a few days getting caught up on the farm books so Lee can meet with the accountant. Yes, I know that I should do a better job of keeping up, but I tend to procrastinate on this job and play catch up every year.
Happy New Year family and friends.
Chinese Fried Walnuts are a big family favorite. They really satisfy that sweet and salty craving. The bad news is that they’re deep-fried. I only make them for Christmas, and this year I might not make them at all. Have you seen the price of walnuts? What’s going on? Why are they so expensive?
I’m going to share the recipe for this addictive and fattening snack. If you can get a good deal on walnuts, do give them a try. You won’t regret it. They’re quick and easy to make, too.
CHINESE FRIED WALNUTS
4 CUPS WALNUTS
1/2 CUP SUGAR
Boil the walnuts in 6 cups water for 2 minutes. Drain. Put in a bowl with the sugar and stir to coat, until sugar is dissolved.
Fry in hot oil until browned. They brown quickly so don’t burn them. Drain, and sprinkle liberally with salt (to taste).
Don’t drain on paper towels. They’ll stick.
If you have any of these yummy walnuts left over, you can use them in salads.
I hope everyone had a nice day with family and friends. As usual we ate too much, Connor got a belly ache (food plus excitement), and we had a good time visiting and laughing at things only our family finds funny. There were new phones aplenty and we had dueling beeps going on for a while. The girls called their boyfriends, because they missed them. We watched A Christmas Story for the gazillionth time and we all knew every word of dialogue.
Most of my grands have grown up enough that they want to give us a little gift, and the things they chose were so thoughtful and special. Nikki and Ken gave me a new bread machine because my old one recently bit the dust. Sorry about that whole lack of fresh bread thing Santa. I hope you enjoyed the roasted garlic dip and chips instead 🙂
Lee gave me a digital photo frame and I’m excited to begin using it. I have to figure it out first of course. More techno challenges for me, but I’ll get it. I always do.
One of the best gifts I got was from my brother and sister-in-law, who sent me several of my favorite things. Could they be any more thoughtful?
Meredith couldn’t find her photo ornament on the tree and neither could I, even though I knew it was there somewhere. This morning I did find it. If it was a snake….., so I took a picture of it and phoned it to her. She’s happy to know that she really is loved.
The weather wasn’t the best, but all made it safely here and home again.
Charlie’s present was a big hit. It’s a roundish green rubber thing with an opening. It’s called Monster Mouth I think. Stuff it with biscuits and let him at it. It takes him quite a while to get all of the biscuit bits out of there so I highly recommend it for a doggy diversion.