A Few Cherished Christmastime Memories!
by Rachelle Siegrist
I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner, as it seems impossible that alas another year has almost passed already! So many wonderful memories surround Christmas for me as a child, back when the first sign of the approaching season came in the form of a large catalogue in the mail, the Sears and Roebuck’s Wish Book! A BIG catalogue filled with images ranging from clothing to tools, everything for everyone, but of course the best part to us kids, was the toy section! My brother Marshall and I poured through the pages, carefully eyeing every toy, while imagining what fun we would have playing with them!
Next came our letters to Santa, carefully listing our selected items in the order of the most important on down. Upon lovingly signing our names, we mailed the stamped letters to the “North Pole” and hoped for the best! Back then, Christmas stuff was kept under wraps in the department stores until Thanksgiving, and the day afterwards, it appeared as if a magical transformation had happened overnight, as shoppers were greeted with Christmas decorations throughout the stores!
By that time, we had already started practicing for the Christmas play at school, but excitement mounted as the time for the big night of performance drew near! Of course being in the live Nativity at church was a highlight, and although it was a joy, it was sometimes most difficult to stand still while surrounded by onlookers. Trying to refrain from giggling was nigh impossible for yours truly, especially when one of the live animals would do something funny or make a funny noise! After that, we would spend the remainder of the evening at my Grandparent’s house, eating Granny’s homemade cookies, featuring a selection of delectable treats, sure to make even a cookie hater salivate!
So many wonderful memories there are, and for each and everyone I am most thankful! This year I am thrilled that Wes and I are going to where the “orange and palm trees sway” . . . home to where my family still lives in Okeechobee, FL! It will be the first time since we moved here to the Smokies, 15 years ago, that I will be back there for Christmas! I am looking forward to spending time with all of them so very much and especially getting to meet my new niece Raelynn! A week of playing in the sun, while wearing shorts and sandals again, riding 4-wheelers and mountain bikes, playing in the woods and I can’t wait! I’m really anticipating a favorite past time while there too, sitting with my Dad by their pond watching the fish strike, and with each strike excitedly exclaiming “Wow . . . did you see that one!“, with each time seeming like the first strike of the day!
Sorry, we have no artwork to share this week … it’s all a secret!
Until next time . . .