The holidays are a special time for Southern Journeys to celebrate the people and things in our lives that we cherish all year round, including our company and the community supporting us. For this "Holidays with SJ" feature, we're sharing our holiday memories with you as we count down the days. We begin with the spotlight on Dorothea:
What does the holiday spirit mean to you?
Dorothea: Getting all the decorations up and seeing the city lit up. The presents under the tree. The smells of the cakes and the pies.
What are your favorite childhood memories?
I remember the apples and oranges and Brazil nuts and wanting to sneak into the brown paper bags when my parents went out shopping for the kids. And the hand-me-down toys. You had breakfast every morning except Christmas because everyone was so excited.
What are your favorite holiday traditions?
My parents had sixteen kids. Back in the day, as the older ones leave home and move to a different state, they would still come home every Christmas with their kids. My siblings and I would all open gifts on Christmas morning. Our family members who live close to each other started a tradition years ago in which we draw names on Thanksgiving day. That way, we all receive a gift for Christmas. And it may be small, but it's the thought behind it that counts. And the end of the day, everybody would return home and years later, still today, the siblings and our small grandkids go to my mom's to spend their Christmas Eve and open gifts in the morning. Then we celebrate Christmas and have dinner and everybody returns home.
What is your favorite holiday song? Holiday movie?
My favorite song is Silent Night. I particularly like the Temptations' version. My favorite Christmas movies are Home Alone and Once Upon a Christmas Ever.
What do you want for the holidays?
First, my health and strength and my family members, friends, and neighbors to be alive and well. And I want most of all to thank God for another Christmas I can celebrate.
What would it mean for someone to receive a gift that you made for Southern Journeys?
That people are pleased with our products. That our products are getting out there and helping our company to grow. And most of all, in the near future, there will be jobs for the next generation.
How do you celebrate the holidays? Let us know in the comments below and on our social media pages!
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