New Year’s Day Tradition

The New Year’s Day feast is the last of the seasonal feasting traditions where food plays a main role in the celebrations. My family tradition? Sauerkraut and Pork. Although since I’ve been off on my own all of these years, I’ve dropped the pork out of the recipe – even though it is supposedly the…
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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 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