Merry Christmas!

Yep... 2016 is rapidly drawing to a close and the Holiday season is upon us. I love Christmas. I love reminiscing about Christmases past.

As a kid, and even as young adult, I spent every Christmas in Oklahoma. I affectionately refer to it as "God's Country." My parents were both from small towns in North Central Oklahoma and my cousins were always close by. Christmas eve was spent at my mom's parents, then off to my dad's parents -- "The Farm" as we knew. Christmas Eve we'd all sleep on the floor near the tree. I have no idea how Santa made it over and around us without stepping on anyone.

My grandmother had a foil tree with silk ornaments. But the best ornaments were the crotched ornaments. They made the tree unique to her. Sometime in the late 70s the foil tree gave way to a traditional green artificial tree. She also had a corrugated cardboard fireplace where she'd hang our crocheted stockings. The fireplace had a flickering light that sat behind a corrugated log to add to the realism.

Christmas morning was one of the biggest breakfasts anyone has ever seen. Biscuits and Gravy. Eggs. Bacon. Quail. Enough to feed a small army. Then we'd open presents. Then we'd eat again. Lunch was bigger than breakfast!

Christmas in Oklahoma was rarely white. But sometimes it was cold enough to freeze a small pond near the house. That meant "ice skating" in our tennis shoes of course.

I hope that your Christmas is Merry and Bright. Make sure to stay safe. Be kind. Be generous. And most importantly, share memories with your kids or your grandkids. For the youngsters in the group, go make some memories that you'll be able to share with your kids or grandkids in the future. Someday they'll be glad you did!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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