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Advent Calendar: It’s Almost Winter Break!

Advent Calendar: It’s Almost Winter Break!

(Day 16 of the Advent Calendar of Christimas Memories: Christmas at School) The month of December was always a special time in elementary school. There were so many things going on. It really made the month special. We began making presents for our parents right after Thanksgiving. In kindergarten, it was a handprint plaque. In 2nd or 3rd grade, we were given special paper to create our our plates. I drew Christmas morning. The plate is still in our cupboard,…

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Advent Calendar: Making Someone Else’s Holiday Cheery

Advent Calendar: Making Someone Else’s Holiday Cheery

[Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories:  Day 12…Volunteer Work) I’ll say it.  I love the holiday season.  I love the paper snowflakes, getting Christmas cards in my mailbox, finding presents for me under the tree.  But, Christmas is a time for thinking about others.  While we receive, we should always try to do something for those who won’t have much for Christmas. When I was in elementary school, there was a rest home about two blocks away.  Each December we began…

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Advent Calendar: Give the Fruit Cake to Grandma

Advent Calendar: Give the Fruit Cake to Grandma

(Day 14 of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories:  Fruit Cake, Friend or Foe?) My family was born and raised on chocolate.  Chocolate cake, chocolate candy, chocolate ice cream.  So on the rare occasion someone made the faux pas of sending us a, there was only response:  Gross!  Wrap it up for Grandma! None of liked the damn thing.  The whole idea of a fruit cake is just appalling to me.  But, my Grandma Shellabarger loved them.  She enjoyed them any…

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Advent Calendar: The Lost Pajamas

Advent Calendar: The Lost Pajamas

(Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories Day 10: Gifts) As I wrote about my doll, Tippy Toes, for the Smile for the Camera Edition #19, I thought I’d bring back my story about Grandma’s pajamas.  Though the pajamas weren’t necessarily my favorite gifts to receive (what five year old dreams of pajamas?), but they do bring back some of the warmest memories. It was a tradition to receive handmade pajamas from Grandma Lassalle.  It was also a tradition for Grandma to…

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Advent Calendar: Snowflakes in the Bay Area

Advent Calendar: Snowflakes in the Bay Area

(Day 9 of the Advent Calender of Christmas Memories:  Grab Bag) At my first job with the County Library system, I worked with a elderly woman.  She was all business, no play–very serious.  She was a former member of the military who took everything seriously. You can imagine my surprise when I learned a week before Christmas one year that she was hiding a secret talent.  She could make 8 pointed paper snowflakes.  Somewhere in the back of my brain,…

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