Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Christmas from 1970 Something

Older brothers and sisters getting ready for school.  Mom brushing and braiding my hair.  Christmas songs on the radio...."ruff, ruff, ruff.....ruff, ruff, ruff"  - "shh...listen to the dogs barking out the song..." 

Mittens attached to strings, "Eskimo" boots, walking to the corner....waiting for Michelle and Suzy.  Walking to school, stopping by the Country Club to make snow angels.  Face washes, snowball fights, snow forts, ice skating, "cracking the whip " game with a long scarf. 

Christmas songs, Christmas concerts, paper chains on a real tree in the hallway, macaroni ornaments, glitter, exchanging names with classmates, paper snowflakes on the windows.  Tongues stuck to the swing set...cries for the teacher, looking at the taste buds left behind.  Long Christmas break.

Nestor the Long Eared Donkey, Charlie Brown Christmas, Heat Miser, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.  Red and Green lights, store displays, mechanical decorations, garland on the Schofield Dam bridge, decorations on the light posts and visiting Santa. 

Decorating the tree, sugar and molasses cut out cookies.  Apple bread, cinnamon rolls, yeast bread wreaths, deep fried shrimp (we only ever had this on Christmas Eve), venison roast, frothy punch and frozen dessert.

Sleeping under the Christmas tree, Barbie Dream House (with elevator), Malibu Barbie, Sweet 16 Barbie, sled, Musk perfume, bubble bath, pajamas, mittens and socks.

Going over to friend's houses to see what they "got for Christmas."  Sledding down the big hill at the Country Club (didn't have to be a member to do this...) with the whole neighborhood, friends, frost bite, walking on the ice and trying to skate on the bumpy covered lake Wausau/Wisconsin River.  Cold cheeks, hot coco, wet socks and mittens.

Love, laughter, family, food, friends - these are the ingredients for a very Merry Christmas!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.
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