Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Columns

December 12, 2013

Special memories of the holiday season

Well, here we are right in the middle of the Holiday Season again! What a wonderful, busy, joyous time of year this is. Thanksgiving kicked things off. Now, everybody is getting ready for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. There are presents to buy, parties to attend, and, hopefully, time to spend with family and friends during this special season.

It’s also a time to reflect on the events of the year about to end. It’s also appropriate, I think, to take stock of all of life’s blessings and to reflect on the occasional sadness that comes everyone’s way. Personally, I find myself caught up in the golden memories of childhood Christmases when all of it was very real, exciting and magical.

Just now, for example, I recall the joy of going through the huge Sears catalogue in search of the toy section. I would circle the things I hoped to receive. Then I would write my letter to Santa Claus, listing the items from the catalogue I wanted. My aunts would make sure the letter was mailed, back in the days when a postage stamp was only three cents. Upon reflection, it’s obvious to me that my aunts ordered the toys I had picked right from the catalogue. Every once in a while some hoped for toy wouldn’t arrive by Christmas. My aunts would tell me that Kris Kringle had to have something to leave on New Year’s Eve. I was so naïve as a child that I was convinced that Santa and Kris Kringle were two different people!

So, the gift that didn’t arrive from Sears in time for Christmas usually made it before the end of the year – so Kris Kringle could deliver it on New Year’s Eve! Little did I realize that “Kris Kringle” was just another name for Santa Claus! The net result was just as much fun for me because it was like having Christmas twice – once on December 25th and once, on a smaller scale, on January 1st. Actually, it was a clever bit of deception by my aunts to cover up the erratic deliveries by Sears, and I didn’t really mind because I got presents twice!

Text Only
Columns
  • Thanks, Max

    Max Dickson has given the historical society a gift that many will enjoy for years.

    April 17, 2014

  • Lee H. Hamilon: Government As Innovator? You Bet! Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: There are many reas

    April 17, 2014

  • How to deal with nuisance wild animals Most people enjoy watching wildlife and sometimes even interacting with critters on occasion. One of my favorite activities is keeping the bird feeder well supplied and seeing Hoosier song birds up close and personal. Sometimes there are situations w

    April 17, 2014

  • Self deposit box: Wolfsie takes a selfie of his check I love where I bank. It's a branch inside of a big supermarket. I can make a modest withdrawal and then go and blow every last penny in the cookie aisle. The tellers at the window appreciate me. They know about my obsession with round numbers and und

    April 17, 2014

  • Alice Woodhull: Back on the job Well, this is Alice, and I am back on the job. It has been two months since I got my new shoulder, and so far it is working like it should. I have had a couple weeks of therapy, plus doing a lot with it on my own, and I'm hoping it will soon be as g

    April 16, 2014

  • Linda Hamer Kennett: The timeless beauty of wicker No matter what the day may bring, I can leave it all behind when I take my evening walk. Strolling through our historic neighborhood on Indy's south side is a multifaceted treat. It is good for my heart, it erases the cares of the day and it affords

    April 16, 2014

  • Dr. Michael Layne: Palm Sunday Matthew 21:1-11 is the Gospel passage that will be heard in many churches this Palm Sunday. Today, I want us to look at the last two verses: 10When Jesus came to Jerusalem, everyone in the city was excited and asked, "Who can this be?" 11The crowd a

    April 12, 2014

  • Jenni Hanna: Exploring the mystery of the bitcoin I've heard of a lot of synonyms for currency, but "bitcoins" was a new one to me. Although bitcoins (BTCs) have been around since 2009, they are something I've just recently learned about and am really struggling to understand. Bitcoins cannot be hel

    April 11, 2014

  • nws-gb041014-Spaulding headshot Jack Spaulding: A time not to adopt Springtime brings a host of new life into the outdoors. The fields, forest, and the nests and dens are full of new life and cute and cuddly baby critters as nature carries on procreation. Nature knows how to take care for her own, but unfortunately,

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • Net tricks My wife and I went on a binge last week. If you think I'm talking about an eating binge, you've never seen how thin we both are. If you think I mean a shopping binge, you don't know how cheap we are. And if you think it was a cleaning binge, you've

    April 10, 2014