Saturday, December 20, 2014

Getting ready for Christmas...

In the Church's calendar the Christmas season runs from December 25 to January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany (The visit of "the three wise men"). The commercialization of the holy day of the birth of our Lord has it now begin before Thanksgiving in modern times and then end abruptly.  It is so sad to see people throw out their Christmas trees the day after Christmas, when Christmas is just getting started.  If we really celebrate Christmas during it's season, I believe we would have a much better chance to celebrate it all year long. Wouldn't that be great!

Just to show my age, when I was a kid, we put up the tree and decorated the house on Christmas Eve as did most people back then.  Now that would make any kid super excited and it made us much more aware of the significance of the Holy Day than it does for families today. What if people today could enjoy the spiritual experience that the Holy Day is really meant to be?! Wow, wouldn't that be great! So that is my Christmas wish for all of you! That the Presence of the Christ Child will be with you now and through out the year and that you will enjoy all the Peace and Joy that the Christ Child brings.

We are parked at the KOA in Wilmington, NC. We have been very busy helping Chris and Katie and our grandkids through a real rough spot of colds, upper respiratory infections and stomach flu (the stuff that breeds so well in pre and elementary schools). So far Joanie and I have been immune.  We will keep taking our vitamins and drinking plenty of liquids but not getting enough rest.  We have also been to school "holiday" and Christmas pageants while trying to do some shopping, take care of the dogs and do the household chores.
Our first Christmas tree in the new home.
All the ornaments are from our old house - just fewer of them.

We even get RV style Christmas cards.
Deaglan at school.

Deaglan at his school's "holiday" pageant.
Emory's pre-school pageant.

I was able to get a better photo of Emory at their reception after the pageant.
Emory on the jungle gym.

Deaglan says, "I can do that, too!"

Being good before Christmas!
I ran across this Christmas story of RVer's.  It's not a tear jerker but it is typical of the lifestyle of which we are a part. I hope I don't get into any copyright trouble by putting it here. I picked it up off the website.

‘No RV is too small to celebrate Christmas’ — former Navy wife’s favorite RV holiday memory

“We were a Navy family,” writes reader Irma Smith of Norfolk, Va. “We were in our early 30’s, with two sons, Bill, 9 and Blaise, 11. We got orders in December 1978 to move from Patuxent River, Maryland, to Norfolk, Virginia.

“We moved out of Navy housing. We hooked up our 21-foot Sunline travel trailer with 19 feet of living space with no slide-outs to the Chevy Nomad station wagon. We packed in our kids and two dogs for our trek to Norfolk.

“In Norfolk the motels were way too expensive for us, the list to get into Navy housing was way too long, and apartments to rent for our family were scarce. We decided to try living in our RV Trailer with two kids, two dogs, and daddy working rotating shifts of Days, Mids, and Eves until we could get Navy Housing in ten months. It was the best financial decision for us but Christmas was only days away.

“What do you get for Christmas, for two sons, that fit’s in 19 feet of space? Where do you put the Christmas tree? Would that little oven cook a feast for Christmas Dinner? Yes, Yes, and Yes!

“Santa got the boys brand new fishing poles and gear, my mom sent them three-foot coloring-books, we bought them board games like Monopoly, stockings were hung under the small tree on a table in the living area. The boys could not believe that Santa found them. They were worried about that. It was a great Christmas morning!

“That little oven cooked a small ham fully dressed with pineapples and cherries. The ham was complimented with sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, and cranberry sauce. Best Christmas Dinner ever. No RV is too small to celebrate Christmas.

“The following October we moved into Navy housing. We sold the trailer to another Navy family when the kids got older, I started work, and no one had time to camp.

“Ten years ago we bought a Class C and use it for RVing. It was because of all those memories of long ago that we wanted to go RVing again. Those months living in the camper are the best memories for the boys and us. Nothing can ever match the years of fun in that little travel trailer.”
– Irma Smith, Norfolk, Va.

Photo: The Smith Family, (front) Bill III (8) and Blaise (10); (back) Irma and Bill. Christmas 1977 in Patuxent River Maryland Navy housing. Illustration source:


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