Greetings! I’m sending a big hug around the neck, to all, just for your belated New Year’s greeting, so you can enjoy the gift for a wonderful 2017! I pray it will be full of laughter, friendship, love, peace, and with good health!

Greetings! I’m sending a big hug around the neck, to all, just for your belated New Year’s greeting, so you can enjoy the gift for a wonderful 2017! I pray it will be full of laughter, friendship, love, peace, and with good health!

Did you have a good Christmas? Was your home filled with chatter of those trying to catch up on a full year’s activities? Did you have Christmas carols softly filling the room, with memories coming forth of family gatherings, church services or of watching a little one trying to stand still as he or she represented a shepherd or angel, in the school Christmas program?

I’m reminded of an old parable my mother had hanging in her dining room: “Count the day wasted if you haven’t laughed.” In later years, I had the sign hanging in my kitchen/dining room area, and if anyone was sad on holidays, I would ask the reason. If I knew someone that would be alone or sad, I’d call and give them a cheerful greeting; then, relate some funny tale.

I’ve learned that joy, peace and love doesn’t always come marching down that old dusty road. In this busy, cell phone generation, I pondered if it’s possible for the younger ones to enjoy their grandparents tales of fond memories from their childhood.

Since most of Savvy’s readers are mature citizens, I hope you had the opportunity to recall and share your memories of how you celebrated Christmas, and other holiday celebrations. Folks, our great family traditions and family history seems to be going by the wayside! I recall my parents loading me and my three siblings in a wagon, to go cut our Christmas tree. Our chatter grew animated; laughter and singing Christmas carols filled the air. Often, it would be so cold that Mama would put one of her hand quilted comforters over us.

Later, back home, Papa and my two brothers trimmed the tree, so it would fit in the tree holder. Mama, my sister and myself, spent most of the night, cutting strips of notebook paper, coloring and then, put paste on one end of the paper, placing it through a loop. I’d have paste all over my hands, clothes, and even in my long hair! The older siblings enjoyed joining the loops together, making long chains, to decorate the Christmas tree.

Gee, do any of you miss the large peppermint sticks? I recall an adult had to take a hammer to break it up into edible pieces. Then, all the tiny slivers of peppermint would be used in making candy or for rolling popcorn balls in.

How many of you recall buying whole coconuts? Did you ever watch your father use an ice pick to punch a hole in what was called an eye on the coconut? The liquid, called coconut milk, would be drained out, and Mother used it in making her coconut pies. Do you remember parents using a hammer to crack it; then, breaking it up into small pieces? After removing the hard shell, mother would shred the pieces of coconut for her pies. We also enjoyed eating delicious pieces of coconut.

Do you recall the long, curly pieces of Christmas candy that our parents bought each Christmas? The big pieces were called ribbon candy, and had such good flavors. Now, in closing, as I leave you with thoughts of your own “precious memories,” please join me, with a big request for God to bless America; to protect our freedom; and return respect for our flag! Have a blessed and safe 2017.

Psalms 145:7 – “They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.”