Christmas Memories

The pungent smell of cedar permeated the cold north room. A tree had been chopped down near the base of one of the Wichita Mountains, and mounted on a stand made of wood scraps retrieved from the pile beneath Daddy’s workbench. Once stabilized, the tree was covered with decorations that had been hibernating in the attic. Momma put on the lights. My siblings and I unpacked and added the ornaments. We took turns climbing the stool and hanging bulbs on the top part of the tree. By the time we added the icicles we did more tossing than draping. We never made the cover of Good Housekeeping, but we always took pride in our work.

The vivid smell of sweets filled the kitchen. Fudge and divinity, peanut brittle, fresh coconut and five-pound candy, sugar, and chocolate chip cookies filled the containers that lined the countertop. Round morsels made of nuts and sugar and other delicacies lay ready for us to pierce with a toothpick before dipping them into melted chocolate and lining them on wax paper. We had teachers and special friends who would receive a round tin, each filled with a variety of treats. We never made the cover of Taste of Home, but we always took pride in our work.

The unmistakable smell of Lava soap greeted us as we entered the back door. The sink in the utility room was used by Pa-Pa to remove grease and grime from his hands. A bar of the heavy duty cleaner always rested near the faucet. Ours was only one of eight families that invaded my grandparent’s modest frame home and celebrated the birth of Christ. Aroma that seeped from the multiple dishes being carried in soon overwhelmed the cleaner. We always had a great time, even though they had only one bathroom.

The pleasant memories I have from the past reinforce my enjoyment of Christmas. This truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Enjoy the entire month. Replace your sighs with smiles and your frustration with satisfaction. Go out and make this a merry Christmas.

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas….. Earl


FBC Happenings

  • This Sundays Sermon “Born to Save” Matthew 1:18-25
  • LifeGroup Attendance on December 15 – 661
  • Sunday, December 22 – Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. NO LIFEGROUPS…CHILDCARE FOR BABIES – 3’s
  • Church Office and FLC Closed December 24 and December 25
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve Service with Lord’s Supper at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 29 – One Worship Service only at 10:30 a.m. NO LIFEGROUPS…CHILDCARE FOR BABIES – 3’s

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