Christmas

A PINCH OF CHRISTMAS CHEER GOES FURTHER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE

WE ARE COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS TO THE 25TH We can’t wait to have our children and grandchildren on Christmas Day. Glenn is the noisy (read fun) grandparent who fills the children with sugary treats, gets them all wound up and sends them home. I am the quiet (read boring) grandparent who reads, colours and makes sure everyone is safe. Our home isn’t exactly kid proof. PRESENTS, FOOD AND FUN TO SPARE FOR CHRISTMAS And our grandchildren are no longer babies. The…

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A Black and White Situation

The Lockeport Baptist Church Annual Living Christmas Tree Performances were scheduled for December 2, 3, 4 ― done and over before the madness of the Christmas rush. I joined the choir as a soprano and attended Tuesday and Thursday night practices. A week prior to the first performance I learned  the dress code stipulated white tops and black bottoms. Uh-oh. That created a teensy weensy problem. I do not wear white ― off-white, maybe, but NEVER, EVER bright white.

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Well this is a first. I am writing my Christmas letter from my family home near Lockeport, Nova Scotia. If I remember correctly, I have not been here for Christmas in over 25 years. I am awash in sights and sounds and smells from the past. Danielle at Lockeport’s Lillian Benham Library invited me to share stories about what Christmas was like in West Head in the 1960s. Once again, tons of happy memories flooded my mind.

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If Our Christmas Tree Could Talk

Hallmark Christmas cards and movies suggest that choosing and cutting down the family Christmas tree is a warm fuzzy family experience to be cherished for years.  Ours was unforgettable, but for different reasons.  We did not sit around sipping hot chocolate and nibbling shortbread cookies sharing memories of Christmases past.  The “Annual Christmas Tree War” was more suitable.

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A 1960s West Head Christmas

Last evening, I had the privilege of sharing my story “A 1960s West Head Christmas” at Lockeport’s Lillian Benham Library. I cannot say enough about the wonderful reception I received. The people of Lockeport and the surrounding area have showered me with their support. There really is no place like home.  Between now and Christmas I would like to share it with you in sections for your enjoyment. So choose a comfy chair, grab a hot drink and bask in the warmth, coziness…

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I’ll be Home for Christmas…

As I mentioned last week, I arrived in West Head late Monday night. Bright and early Tuesday morning, I switched to my Nova Scotia routine. I know many of you wonder what I do when I’m here so I have chronicled a somewhat typical day for you. My comments are in blue. Enjoy. At 9:30 a.m. I whipped my RAV4 into the parking lot of the Bayman Coffee Shop. In fact, I begin every day that way seven days a week. Right…

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Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad…

Christmas 2015 Hello everyone: Today is a perfect day to write my Christmas letter. I’m stuck at home because the Dodge has a dead battery, and the Toyota has a flat tire. We are still waiting for CAA to come and boost the van and put air in the tire so we can get them to the garage. This happened this morning, and it is now almost 3 pm. (I’m not making this up — honest.)

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