Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Old Christmas

"Old Christmas":  The name applied to January 6th as the final day of the "twelve days of Christmas.

Many believe it to be the true record of Christ’s birth.

Not sure myself.

We always kept our tree up when I was a kid, and our stockings  were hung by the fireplace until after the 6th.

Mother told us Santa Clause might stop back by again, if we were good.

You just know we liked that part of "Old Christmas":, and we really did give, it... A... for effort..

Back in them days, stockings didn’t look like the fuzzy red stockings we hang today.

 They were actually the socks (or "stockings") of the kids.

  Dad told me the ones he used as a kid had  lots of holes in them.

Christmas was adapted to what you had for sure, we didn't have any electricity until I was 8 years old.

 Our fireplace was  multi-purpose,  heating, lighting,  baking potatoes, popping pop corn, boiling water,were  a few of the things we used it for.

Its sizzling crackling sound on a cold wintery night could help you fall sleep .

A world of difference from the world we live in today, were we have everything we need, plus more.

Many of our stockings had holes in them also, some were  big enough to see the gift without reaching inside. 

For a ice cream treat we'd go outside scoop up some clean, white, fluffy snow  from the ground, add  vanilla , sugar , and milk to it for zesty snow cream . 

"Old Christmas": was fun ;  just as exciting as the December 25th Christmas for us, we didn't mind if it   came in January, especially when Santa happened by again.

Until Next Time.    God Bless.

My Meditation by,   Coleman

Happy New year  to all of you, you are the greatest !!!  thanks for reading my meditations this year, and for your comments, enjoy them much, May the coming year be a Blessed  and prosperous one for each of you.

Isaiah 9:6

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Celebrating The Holidays

Like the Chinese we Kentuckians have been noted for celebrating  the Holidays with some fire works of our own.

Especially Christmas and New Years...when I was a teen... I remember going to "Minnie Hinkle's Store"... not to far away from our home.

Minnie sold  about anything and everything the community had need of.

One of my  favorite things Minnie sold during the Holiday was fire crackers.

 My older brother and  my Uncle usually came in from Michigan, We'd go out to Minnie's to buy  fire works.

Minnie wasn't a licensed dealer to my knowledge.

 Seems, back at that time, it was un-lawful to sell fire works, in that part of the State any way.

 After taking your order Minnie waited until she  could catch a break from the counter, then  she'd sneak into the back room to fill it.

When she returned, she'd give them to you, while no one was looking .

Minnie sold them by the pack, or by the carton, didn't matter to her, occasionally, she had  M-80's , a super sized fire cracker that made a "Big Bang".

 We were sure to get some of those when she had them.

 It was always exciting making our purchase for firecrackers, we could hardly wait for Christmas and New years  to arrive.

On Christmas and New Years, it was one big bang after another, until they were gone.

Our neighbors probably thought we were a little  crazy and some what strange the way we did our  celebrating. if so they kept the thought to themselves.

Some of my fondest memories at Christmas and New years time, are those  we celebrated when I  was younger, with fire works from Minnie Hinkle's  store.

Zechariah 9:9

 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.


Until Next Time.    God Bless. 

My Meditations by,

Coleman Schell

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Daisy Red Ryder

The Red Ryder was in 1945 the best known BB gun ever built.

I received mine on Christmas day in 1948.

The rifle was a special gift every boy hopes to get for Christmas.

Of all the Christmas gifts I've received thru out the years, this one is still at the top of my list.

My Daisy Red Ryder had lever-cocking action for loading the BB's into its chamber.

The magazine I want to say probably held around 500 BB's.

Me and the rifle became good friends,  I could hit the bull's eye, on targets  made of cardboard  fairly often.

Hitting can's on top of a fence post was a little easier for me.

 I was feeling  pretty comfortable with the rifle, and  thought we were o.k.

Until one day I forgot to return the cocking lever back to its proper place.

When I pulled the trigger it slammed down on my middle finger smashing it really hard, I still have the scar from that lever today.

I kept my rifle for several years after the incident , but finally lost track of it. 

When I think about the Daisy Red Ryder today, my smashed finger still tingles a bit. 

 The strongest memories of life often come in strange and memorable  ways, this was definitely a strange and memorable one for me.

Until Next Time.   God Bless.

Coleman Schell

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Reda Drive Inn Theater

When my oldest sister Fern starting courting, I got to tag a long on one of her dates.

Her boy friend Lester had promised to take her to see a movie called  "The Kentuckian" when it came out in 1955.

 Some of the movie had been filmed at the " Levi Jackson park near our home" some at the "Cumberland Falls".

So naturally we were all looking forward to seeing that part of the movie if nothing else.

Lester pulls up in his Chevrolet Pick up truck around 6:00 pm, plenty of time to get us there before dark.

The Reda Drive Inn Theater opened in 1953 and had just been open a couple years.

Lester parked us about mid way of its 400 car parking spaces .

 We  decided to go the concession stand for soft drinks and pop corn before movie time.

On the way back a few of the cars were honking their horns to start the movie. 

Perhaps they thought honking the horn might have an impact on starting time.

We thought "The Kentuckian" was the best movie ever and stayed until the very end.

 Several cars  beside us left a few minutes early; guess they didn't want to get caught in the traffic jam, that   happens when 400 cars all think of leaving at the same time.

 About 15 minutes later the traffic dyed down a bit Lester decided to go,  pulling out and, merging with the rest of the traffic.

 The overhead lights were on  and  people  were having a ball blowing their horns,what young people will do to have fun .

 I was so proud of Lester and Fern,  for letting me tag a long that night and  being a part of their date, and for Lester's cool demeanor  he demonstrated  getting us out  of the Reda Drive Inn Theater safely.

Until Next Time.  God Bless. 

Coleman Schell