What does the holiday spirit mean to you?
It means family, worship, thanksgiving, sharing, having Christmas meals, parties and gathering with family and friends, going to Church, listening to the Messiah, joy, fellowship, peace and love...celebrating the true meaning of Christmas...without the fanfare of the world.
What are your favorite childhood holiday memories?
One of my favorite memories of Christmas was receiving a black doll when I was about four, five maybe six years old at the most. The dolls I had before had been rag dolls, but this one had a porcelain face and when you set the baby down, it would cry or if you pressed the hand, it'd make noises. I loved that doll. That was one of my favorite gifts.
Another favorite memory was finding all these apples and oranges and raisins and nuts like Brazil nuts, walnuts (we had pecans in our area so those wouldn't be special), and colorful candy. It'd come in a package all boxed up and it would come at the foot of your bed. This was special and a tradition that my mother continued even when we realized that there was no Santa. I was pretty young when I realized there was no Santa Claus. We'd sneak up to the attic and play with the toys before Christmas and then put them back in the attic. When my mom realized that that we were doing that, she said, "OK, no more Santa Claus for you." But of course, she'd still leave us goodies at the foot of our bed.
Another memory is the smell of all the tasty food my mother would cook for the Christmas holidays. I learned while kind of young how to make different kinds of candy and cookies so these were special treats I enjoyed making.
I also like decorating the doors of our house and my grandparents' home with berries and other plants that my brothers and I found in the woods on our farm. I'd tie these decorations with red scarfs my mother would sew.