Christmas In October–Why Not?

As “women of a certain age” we can do whatever we want when it comes to celebrating special days and times.  We can drink that champagne at lunch if we so desire. Deciding to eat cake for breakfast is one of my favorites.  Who say’s we can’t do it?  So why not have Christmas in October, or at least the memories of Christmas past.

We can skip over Columbus Day, Halloween and even Thanksgiving, and go directly to Christmas and all of the joy that it brings.  No matter who you are, the sights and sounds of Christmas will always somehow put you in a better mood.  I’m not talking about Christmas shopping, malls, discounts that aren’t discounts–I’m talking about Christmas trees, nutcrackers and of course Santa himself.

As a child in Longview, Texas McIntosh Drug Store would open up a Christmas store next to their downtown pharmacy every year.  I can’t really remember if it opened in October or November, but I do remember the excitement that I had visiting it each year.  The sights, sounds and even the smells always seemed to work magic on everyone who went inside those magical doors.  As with everything, there is no McIntosh Drug Store anymore, there are only pharmacies.  Their magical Christmas store is just a memory for those of us who were fortunate enough to have lived it as children–children who believed in Santa long after they should.

To my surprise and delight in Tyler, Texas they have a Christmas store appropriately named The Christmas Store.  It is complete with the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of happiness. When I visited it recently, I knew that Christmas was still some time away, but the magic had me at the first blinking light.

My Christmas in October bought back childhood memories which always warm my heart. Who cares if it’s too early to start to think about the joys of Christmas?  As women of a certain age, we can have Christmas whenever we want.

Celebrate each day.  Why wait?  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

The Christmas Store is located at 121 E. 8th St., Tyler, TX 75701

Christmas Memories Giveaway

One of the highlights of Christmas as a child growing up in Longview, Texas was the arrival of the Sears Christmas Catalog, which they called the “Christmas Wish Book”.  Sometimes it came in the mail, and other times we would go to Sears and pick it up in the Sears catalog department. I really don’t know who was more excited my mom, my siblings or me.  I know my father even took a look or two in the magical wish book. My sister and I would sit on either side of our mother and secretly and sometimes not so secretly declare what we wished that Santa would bring us.

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After my mother and the neighbors had talked about what was in their catalogs, it was then the children’s time to make their wishes.  I would make wishes with my sister.  We would tell what we wanted for Christmas all the while laughing and wishing.  I always wanted those mother daughter dresses that my mother was bound and determined would never be worn in her home.

Sears 5When everybody had their turn with the wish book, I would get one of my parents red marking pens, and begin to check off the items I wished for.  The book would be a sea of red, but it was okay–it was a wish book, and red was a Christmas color.

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Most of the things I checked I never got, but the wishing was so much fun.

Please share with us your Christmas memories of the Sears Christmas Wish Book–you could win a $50 gift card for Sears/Kmart.  Just post your comment by noon on Friday, December 12–winner will be announced that evening.  You could have an extra $50 to buy someone their wish or maybe buy yours–at least add to it.

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Looking forward to hearing your memory of the Sears Christmas Wish Book.

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Food For Thought

As a woman of a certain age whose parents are no longer here, I rarely go home.  It seems that when I do go and get together with family it is always for a sad occasion.  Each time we promise each other that we will get together sooner rather than later. I finally made it for a happy occasion.  My Aunt Gladys turned 90 years young, and we came together for this celebration.

As women of a certain age, we should try to get together with family just because. I know my aunt had a wonderful time.  There were five generations of her immediate family–so many that we could not get them all together to take a picture.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Enjoy your family.

Read in 102 Countries and Counting

Thank you for making 2013 truly a wonderful year. Take a look at the annual report for “thisisyourbestyear”. We were read in over 102 countries!!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks for coming with us on this journey, and remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

See you in 2014!!!

Not A Rocking Grandma

My mother loved her grandchildren and enjoyed their visits.  They were always special times for the kids and also for her. Since she was still teaching when they were born they usually did weeks in the summer when the would stay with her in Longview.

She adored the calls and letters from them. I don’t think she would be too happy with texting, but then again they were her grandchildren.  I say all of this to say that she would always tell me that she was not a rocking grandma and that she would call when she wanted to see them. This meant if you need a babysitter, you better hire one.

I am my mother’s child. I love my grandson. I try to make each time we are together special.  This week we are doing Vacation Bible School together. Do I keep him every week–I am not  a rocking grandma, but I love that little man and want every occasion special.

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Honey’s baby enjoying one of the best parts of Vacation Bible School–the food.

Remember, “thisisyourbestyear”.

Heart Warming

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This picture hangs on the wall of our sun room. My family insisted that we purchase it many years ago. They say the artist captured me in the painting. Being an East Texas girl I love flowers,  trees and the outside. Each morning after stretching, praying and morning devotional there must be coffee.

The picture reminds me of my mother. She loved to sit, drink her coffee and look outside. There was always something growing and blooming.  In this way I am my mother. I just wish I could capture the fresh smell of the pine trees. My poor hubby is still trying to grow me pine trees.

It may only be a painting that we purchased from Artist Impressions, but it warms my family’s heart and mine each time we look at it.

Find something that warms your heart and makes you smile.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.