Remember . . . ?

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, won’t you please put a penny in the old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do. If you haven’t got a ha’penny, God bless you!

Sister Debbie and I learned that song from our friend, Marsha Hagberg Wilkerson. It’s sung to the tune of “Country Gardens“, an old English folk tune traditionally used for Morris dancing. It was introduced by traditional folk musician William Kimber to Cecil Sharp near the beginning of the twentieth century, then popularized by a diverse range of musicians from Percy Grainger to Jimmie Rodgers. (From Wikipedia)


Are you ready for Christmas? I’m not! After all, it’s not Christmas Eve. Why get in a hurry? 🙂 

I have put out a few put out a few decorations. The first one I display is always the Nativity Scene Dad bought all his kids the first time he went to Israel. 


I have it just inside the door with angels a good friend gave me a few years ago. 

This will be my first year without Gary. I miss him every day, and I imagine I’ll miss him even more on Christmas. 

Even though I understand December 25th probably isn’t the actual day when Jesus was born–there were no birth certificates back then–I can only imagine the celebration Gary is enjoying in Heaven. Just think about the beautiful time they have celebrating our Savior.

And it’s probably not just one day a year, but every day. 

So many of our family and friends are there. Mama, Grandmother, Grandma, two granddads, lots of aunts and uncles, and way too many friends.

The newest to join the heavenly crew is my beautiful Aunt Carol, my mom’s younger sister. She was always fun, and had a great laugh.

Her stories about the way she and Uncle Richard celebrated their grandchildren’s birthdays was a great goal to aspire to.

My grandmother’s gloves decorate this tree.

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