Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Simple Old Fashion Christmas

The simple Christmas traditions of the South convey timeless sentiments of the season for me.

Although money was in short supply for our family when I was growing up, the ever-practical Southern ways of life... allowed  people like my family to find ways to make Christmas meaningful.

Gift giving by families in our day were minimal.

A toy animal whittled out of wood was a special surprise in a sock or stocking.

The more common gifts might be  an orange, an apple, a few nuts to crack and a peppermint candy stick in your stocking.

 Hung by your bed side in hopes of seeing Old Santa Clause as He filled it.

Decorations made with, bittersweet and holly, were strung across the mantel of the fireplace.

Christmas trees would be laced with popcorn, paper chains, and candy canes.  Scraps of cloth, and cotton made the tree look like it had snow on it .

Simple foods were served for Christmas. Cornbread and biscuits, smoked ham and vegetables made up a traditional Christmas dinner.

Candy, nuts and oranges were treats loved by us kids, as well as the older folks.

A special dessert might be a fruitcake .

I still like my simple old fashion Christmases.... some traditions... are just too good to ignore.

Christmas is a magical time of the year. It tends to bring back happy memories of family gatherings.

Give and receive love this Christmas season and you will surely have a joyous Christmas .

Best wishes to you and  your family for a Merry Christmas .

May the Christmas Spirit  spread cheer through out your lives, as well as the ones you love, during this magical Holy time of the year!

Until Next Time.   God Bless.

My Meditations by,    Coleman

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