Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

The first candy cane was made in 1670 by a German choirmaster to help children endure lengthy nativity services. They were white and modeled after shepherds' canes to remind the children of the shepherds that visited baby Jesus at the first Christmas.


The tradition of hanging stockings comes from a Dutch legend. A poor man had three daughters for whom he could not afford to provide a dowry. St. Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down his chimney and gold coins fell out and into the stockings drying by the fireplace. The daughters now had dowries and could be married, avoiding a life on the streets.

Who narrated the classic 1966 TV special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Boris Karloff!


In the TV special Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970), which vegetable makes reindeer fly?


The Japanese Christmas cake is what kind of cake? Strawberry Shortcake!
Intertwined with Japan's rise from the ruins after its defeat in World War II, the traditional Christmas strawberry shortcake is now a symbol of commercialism and prosperity.



In Australia, Christmas comes in the middle of summer and the temperature often hits a sweltering 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Christmas day. During this warm Australian Christmas season, outdoor barbecues have become a part of the Christmas tradition.


 It is believed that the real St. Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. According to legend, his extraordinary kindness led him to give away all of his inherited wealth as he traveled the countryside helping the sick and poverty-stricken.


That's all for today.

Have a great week!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Some random VERY good things...

Here's little Liam playing...

You may not know how major this is: our grandson Liam is playing with ALL KINDS OF TOYS!!!!
He used to just come into our playroom and go to ONE big toy, and actually just one piece of that big toy. Now he's totally branching out!!!

Well, he's been going to a special needs preschool that the Hurst Euless Bedford school district provides for special little folks. We are so grateful for that.

Little Liam is a special little guy. He was born with a 18th chromosome deletion (18p-). We're not sure what that all means, since it is so rare, be we do know that he IS SPECIAL.

And he is running around like a little 3 year old. He's saying "Ah" a lot. and I like "Ah". !!!
And he's been saying "Mma Ma ."  We think that's pretty major.

His big sister is WONDERFUL. She is always so sweet with her little brother.
She is 5.
Here she is with one of her Christmas crafts from preschool this week...

She and Liam are our two oldest grandchildren. We get to watch them a lot... and oh, Nell asked the other day if I could come live with her. I said, "Well, I live here with Daddy-Pap, and he would miss me if I weren't here."
"OH, GRAMMY!" she said, "Daddy-Pap could live with me, too!!!""
I'm just smiling after writing that!
Fortunately our house is just a little over 2 minutes away from Nell's house. 😁

Our youngest grandchild lives in Oregon, but will be coming soon, for a late Christmas celebration here.


I do have another picture to share today...
That's my dear niece with her youngest daughter, Anna.
Elizabeth is teaching Anna to sew!!!

Elizabeth's mom - my twin Peggy - used to sew - and now it's going to a third generation!!
(Well, my mother used to sew - so it's going to a 4th generation.)
(Oh wait. My mother's mother used to sew - and my dad's mother used to sew - so it's going ON AND ON AND ON.)

(Well, I'll have to tell you of MY sewing adventures someday. They don't go on and on to my generations. Sorry Laura (and Will). 😔).

I could write more, but I don't like long blog posts.

I hope you're having a happy holiday season.

Me - holidays stress me, but I am GETTING A GRIP.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wednesday Whimsy

... from LoneStar Antiques, 5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX...

(That's my favorite tea towel.)

Me and John Wayne.
Who knew he'd like going to the tea room?
Oh, he said the quiche is superb!
(Real men like quiche.)

Oh, there's more...

That's all for today.

You can tell that...
LoneStar does get into the Christmas spirit!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Brenda Lee recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” when she was only 13 years old.


Nova Scotia is the world’s leading exporter of Christmas trees.


If you gave all the gifts listed in the "Twelve Days of Christmas,"
it would equal 364 gifts.


The term "Xmas" dates back to the 1500s.
According to From Adam's Apple to Xmas: An Essential Vocabulary Guide for the Politically Correct, the word "Christianity" was spelled "Xianity" as far back as 1100. X, or Chi, in Greek is the first letter of "Christ" and served as a symbolic stand-in. In 1551, the holiday was called "Xtemmas" but eventually shortened to "Xmas."


The Statue of Liberty was gifted to the US by the French on Christmas day in 1886. It weighs 225 tons and thus you could consider it as the biggest Christmas gift in the world.


The Rubik was the highest selling Christmas toy in 1980.
That time it sold for $1.99 and today it retails for $10.


In 1962 – the US issued the first Christmas postage stamp.


Christmas tree decoration is believed to have originated in the 16th century in Germany.

That's all for today.

Have a great week!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Making Christmas Easy

I'm all for easy.

AND I'm not very good with crafts. Of course I haven't tried very hard to be good with crafts.
I did go through a counted cross-stitch phase years ago, but it only lasted one autumn (before kids).

Anyway, I have found some easy Christmas decorations, and some easy Christmas snacks.
For today's blog post I will share them.
Maybe they will inspire me as well as you.

This would be easy,  but I wouldn't want it near my grandchildren. :)

Those are just candy canes!

I definitely think I could do those soda pop carolers.


Now for some food ideas...

I think those are sliced strawberries and bananas.
I could do that!!

If I could get some of those eyes I could do that!!
(I like tator tots!)


Now really making Christmas easy is NOT getting into perfectionism.

AND to ALWAYS remember the reason for the season:
celebrating Jesus' birth.


Have a great, easy holiday season.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Uncle Warren

My mother's little brother Warren died Nov. 27. His graveside service was in northeast Arkansas last Saturday. I'm so glad Sam and I got to go. (His memorial service will be in Tennessee this Saturday.)

Here he is at one of his most favorite places in the world, EL FENIX, in Oak Cliff, Dallas.
That's where he took his wife (of 65 years!) on their very first date. And that is the booth in which they sat.
Look closely and you'll see he his holding some pralines. 
Uncle Warren was a praline connoisseur.
He even made his own, but when in Texas he would load up on El Fenix's pralines. 

Here we are...when Sam and I attended the Mexican dinner before his graveside service...

Clockwise, Kyle, me, Sam, Carol, Jim, Aunt Helen, Margaret

It was only appropriate that the evening before his graveside service part of his family gathered at a Mexican restaurant - in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

And Sam and I gave out some pralines we'd brought from the El Fenix in Grapevine,TX.


As to who Uncle Warren was, here he is in a family picture. He's the fifth child of Earl and Ora White. He is to the right (our left) of my mother in the back row.
Front row: Uncle Jim, Granddaddy Earl, Grandmother Ora, Aunt Lucille.
Back row: Uncle Boyd, Uncle Warren, my mother Margaret and Uncle Harold.

Here they are, with my great grandfather Prather on the right, and my Aunt Ida (Jim's wife) to his right. .
Warren is seated to mother's left.

Fast forward many years and here is Mother with little brother on the right,
and Uncle Warren's son, Jim, on the left.

And I got to be in a picture, too.

Jim would always bring his dad to Texas in Jim's plane....

A few years ago Aunt Helen joined them, and we all went to El Fenix!!

Here is Uncle Warren enjoying drawing and coloring with his great great niece, Caroline (my twin's oldest grandchild.)
I love that picture.

And here is Aunt Helen, Uncle Warren and Mother at a family reunion at our house a while back...

Well, I could go on and on showing lots of pictures,

But for now here are some of last Saturday's graveside service near Swifton, Arkansas, in the Arnold cemetery.

First, the drive out there.

It was a long drive down some dirt roads, but we made it.

Pastor Tom Murdock did a great job of telling of Uncle Warren.
Pastor Tom is their pastor in Tennessee and he for sure wanted to come
to Arkansas to officiate at the graveside service.

After he spoke, Uncle Warren's youngest grandchild Meredith read a tribute she'd written to her dear granddad
and then read a poem so fitting for him.
It was wonderful.


Oh. I learned Uncle Warren really liked the song "Dominique" from THE SINGING NUN movie!
You just never know what folks like, unless you ask them.
I'm so glad Pastor Tom asked Warren about his favorite music!

Here are some pictures I took after the service...

That's Scott and his wife Jessie.

That's Margaret with her son Scott.

That's Jim's wife Carol with her son Scott (whom we call James Scott).

Here's Jim with Pastor Tom

Those grandsons were ever ready to help their dear grandmother.

Oh, and Pastor Tom told me that Uncle Warren would talk a lot about his anticipated trips to see his sister in Texas. Is that not wonderful?
Yes. It's wonderful.

Here is his obituary, if you'd like to read it. You will see he was VERY interesting!!

Obituary for Warren Eugene White

Warren Eugene White of Tullahoma passed this life on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Morning Pointe of Tullahoma at the age of 87 years. Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Arnold Cemetery near Swifton, Arkansas. A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church of Tullahoma on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 2 pm CST, led by the Reverend Tom Murdock. The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm.
Mr. White was the son of the late James Earl and Ora Prather White. He was born in Waukesha, WI and grew up in Dallas, TX. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Texas A & M University where he earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After graduation he and Helen Baker White, the love of his life, moved to Tullahoma and he took an engineering position at the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tullahoma. He worked at the Propulsion Wind Tunnel at AEDC for 34 years. After retirement, he became a Tullahoma school crossing guard for ten years. Many Tullahoma residents remember him at the intersection of Kings Lane and Country Club Drive.
Mr. White was an active member of First Christian Church, Tullahoma, volunteering with the church maintenance SWATT team and participating in the sharing group. He was a pilot and artist whose work was shown at the Tullahoma Art Center. He also served as past president of the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club and was active in other community service.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Jim, Harold, Boyd and Roger White and sister, Lucille Smith.
Mr. White is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Baker White of Tullahoma; son, Jim White and his wife, Carol, of Nashville; daughter, Margaret McMullan and her husband, Alan, of Auburn, AL; sister, Margaret White of Bedford, TX and five grandchildren, Betsy White Costley and her husband, Mitch, of Atlanta; James Scott White of Oxford, OH; Scott Jordan and his wife, Jessie, of Atlanta; Kyle Jordan of Auburn, AL and Meredith Jordan of Cullman, AL.
The White family expresses its appreciation to the staff of Morning Pointe of Tullahoma.
Online condolences may be made at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com
Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


That's all for now.

We look forward to hearing the recording of the memorial service in Tullahoma Tennessee.
I'm sure it will be wonderful.