Ghosts of Christmas Past

Over the years, I’ve accumulated more Christmas STUFF than I know what to do with! Getting it out each year to decorate is definitely a love/hate exercise. HATE dragging out all the boxes, testing the lights, and then cleaning up the mess, but LOVE strolling down memory lane and each thing I uncover brings back the ghosts of Christmas(es) past!
There was the year I made (I don’t know HOW MANY) little shelf angels. Each one had a name – I still have Glory Bea, Margaret and Lulu.

Glory Bea, Margaret and Lulu - the halos have slipped a bit and the hair's a little wild, but they're still cuties!

Glory Bea, Margaret and Lulu – the halos have slipped a bit and the hair’s a little wild, but they’re still cuties!

For many years, I collected Christmas musicals – I had over 75 at one point – I even took to making them when I couldn’t find what I wanted. Then, the munchkins reached shelf level and I had to turn to the soft toy-like musicals so they could play with them without me hovering around!

In the early days of the plush musicals, I had a Christmas pig that oinked Jingle Bells – he’s pretty tired these days, although I still have him. My special favorite is the muffler-clad duck who quacks a medley of tunes. Just when you think he’s done, he launches into another chorus – he’s VERY enthusiastic. In fact, he’s prone to giving you a random quack when you least expect it – sometimes even in the summer from his box in the storage room – lol! You’d think the poor thing had Tourette’s Syndrome, but he really just loves to sing!

With Chilly Willy, the sledding penguin.

With Chilly Willy, the sledding penguin.

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Cookie Day!

My favorite day of the holiday season is the day I round up all the grandkids for Cookie Day! First there was one:
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Then there were two:

Then there were two . . .

Then there were two . . .

Before I knew it, there were 3 – and ALL BOYS!!! (This qualifies for UFFDA.)


Then, I got a GIRL! (She’s the one rolling around on the counter, lol!)

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Last year, one of the moms was missing after accepting a new job out of state but, with the help of Facetime, she got to be part of the organized chaos we call Cookie Day!
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The kids love it.


I love it.
"A good grandma lets them lick the beaters.  A great grandma turns off the mixer first."

“A good grandma lets them lick the beaters. A great grandma turns off the mixer first.”


Even the DOG loves it!
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Happy Holidays! Share a cookie with someone you love!
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Yes, boys DO like aprons!

Went to a class recently, and the woman sitting next to me learned I made aprons.  I mentioned I made quite a few for my grandsons and she gave me a look like I must’ve slipped a cog.  “What?”  I said.  “Boys like aprons, too!”

My son c. 1987.

My son c. 1987.

My son has always loved cooking and baking since he was a little boy.

My littlest grandson loves to play restaurant, complete with a kitchen, felt food and a waiter’s apron.  All of my boys are called upon to model aprons for me I volunteer, Grandma!

Beware of kitchen props!

Beware of kitchen props!

sometimes they are even called upon to model girl aprons, but they’re pretty good sports about that, too!).That pretty little blonde . . .Another blonde in sunflowers!

ALL of the kids love to join in at Christmas time for our annual cookie making day.

Rolling pin class

Rolling pin class

Never call it a cookie 'gun' when working with boys!  UFFDA

Never call it a cookie ‘gun’ when working with boys! UFFDA

So, yes, boys DO LOVE APRONS!