Holiday Visiting

The week between Christmas and the New Year was a time for visiting when I was a child. I’m not sure how the planning was done, or if there was planning, but we went to visit friends and relatives and they came to visit us. During the day we went to see their trees and…
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Letter From Grandma K. 1984

December 29, 1984 Dear Kim, It was great to hear your voice on Christmas Eve. Did you have a nice Christmas? I think there were 29 here this year. Anyway, there was lots of noise! … It certainly has been different weather than when you were here last year. Right now it’s 67F outside. I…
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Christmas Eve at The Kradel’s

This is the house where magic happened on Christmas Eve! From the time I was about 12 years old our Christmas Eve’s were celebrated in this house. Everyone in the family who could get there would spend one magical night together – eating, drinking, exchanging gifts, joking, but most of all, the best thing that…
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Christmas Eve At The Kecks

Christmas Eve was the very best time of the year for Grandma and Grandpa Keck.  Grandma began weeks ahead to prepare.  She made tons of cookies, nut breads, cooked cheese and candy.  Grandpa did his part by purchasing a five pound box of chocolates from the Sugar Bowl.  The final offering for the evening buffet…
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Christmas Eve With The Bachmans

For our family, Christmas Eve always started with the rush to get ready for church. Daddy got home a bit early that day. On this day he usually had a gift from Freehling Lumber Company with him. The Freehlings held an annual open house for the men who bought building materials from them. I remember…
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Cousin Eddie Whispered In My Ear

It was Christmas Eve at Great-Grandma and Grandpa Keck’s house. The entire clan was there – great-aunts, great-uncles, second cousins, aunts, uncles, cousins, mom, dad, me, my sisters. But when we talked about this side of the family, we were all just aunts, uncles, and cousins. Christmas Eve was the biggest family soiree of the…
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Donald Arthur Kradel On Christmas Eve

[singlepic id=7 w=340 float=center] My Dad having a singular contemplative moment on Christmas Eve at his Grandma and Grandpa Keck’s. I think he was 18 years old in this photo. In this photo: Donald Arthur Kradel