Tuesday, November 13, 2007

day 13, thirty days of thanks continues.....


today i am thankful for holiday traditions and Christmas memories. as the season quickly approaches, i can't help but remember holidays of the past when i was a little girl. (that would be me above holding the red telephone that i got from Santa - look how totally psyched i am!) i love how my sisters and i are all dressed up in the same red velvet dresses, white tights and black patent leather mary janes. (can't say much about that hair cut i have though!)
we traveled alot when i was a child. i was a navy brat and moved every 2 years. we had christmas's in Okinawa, California, Virginia, Guam, South Carolina, Hawaii, etc. Our first Christmas in Guam, we spent living in a hotel as there wasn't any housing available for us yet. We were a couple floors up as i remember having to take the elevator. this would be the "famous elevator" that i got stuck in that probably started my little issue with claustrophobia! anyway, that Christmas we all asked for roller skates. i believe that my dad sent them to us (my parents are divorced) from Virginia. Boy did we have a great time skating up and down the corridors of the hotel - but you can imagine how loud they were! Unfortunately within a few weeks time, a "no roller skates" rule was issued by the hotel. i think i also got a Cinderella watch that i thought was quite awesome.
one of my favorite traditions that we had as a family and to which i still partake in today was called "KK". We would draw names from the immediate family and whose ever name you got was your "KK" person. (very similar to secret santa) - only the KK stood for Kris Kringle. So you would spend the holiday season giving your KK person little gifts and then give them a big gift for christmas. Whenever you left them something, you would write KK on it. One year, my stepfather had my name. he was also in the navy and always traveling. i would get these cool notes in the mail, marked KK. they would be postmarked from all over. it was fun. I still do it today, only we don't really draw names, since it's just the 4 of us. I'm the KK and give out little things to jeff, tucker and dillon and of course, sign them fondly with "KK".

10 comments:

  1. I love the way you're sharing your traditions and family memories in your days of thanks posts. Also, I think you look very much like yourself in your childhood Christmas photo.

    Joanne

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  2. What a cute Christmas photo.
    Alison

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  3. what cute little darling children! they almost look like they are all the same age! and what adorable outfits! what fun it must have been each christmas! mom

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  4. wow, that tops off my thanksgiving day, including the fact that you made a blog spot for Muppnme! i love it - thanks so much! a VERY nice christmas - since we're such a nomadic adventurers, i think we'll go into yosemite today (15 miles away) and go for a hike! love, M & M

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  5. yes, that would be lots of fun - take it from muppnme - we've done it twice!

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  6. i like the one you made as a child the best! love, mom

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  7. my brother and i thoroughly enjoyed your eloquently written blog "storm brewing" - so glad that you are able to take out precious time in your busy life to write about such lovely "alone" moments - we all need them in this fast moving world! love, Mom

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  8. CUTE "KECIA" TREE - THAT ANGEL SITTING NEXT TO IT IS THE ONE I TOLD YOU A LONG TIME AGO THAT I LIKED SO MUCH - WOW, I'M SURE YOUR HOUSE MUST HAVE SWAYED WITH THE WIND! WAIT UNTIL IT SNOWS, THAT IS WHEN IT IS THE MOST FUN TO BE IN THE HOT TUB! lOVE, mOM

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  9. so glad to hear your comments on the continued rape of our lands - soon not only your deer will not have any place to go, but also your fox - can't understand why they keep building these nauseating mega mansions, when most of them are being lost to the mortgage crisis - can't someone put a stop to it? HELP, says mother nature! love, mom

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  10. that is the neatest thing i've ever seen, other than what jeff had made for you! yes, a lot of unconditional thought went in to that! love, mom

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