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WallSal55    Posted 11-21-2002 at 18:38:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Talk of Christmas never started until December.
My parents and I started Christmas shopping
December 10th. Had it finished in about two
trips, the week of the 10th--and then the next
week. We were very happy that way!
Our trees (we sold them) we very inexpensive
and untrimmed, but the most beautiful decorated
with bubble lights and the regular lights of the
50's and 60's.
We always had a Christmas toast at my grandfather's with Welch's grape juice, in antique
juice glasses (jelly jars) at dinner. Today I
still have the traditional toast with the same jars on Christmas eve. I even have had to buy
extra juice glasses at antique stores as the family grows.
Grandpa made stockings out of feed sacks for us
and we got oranges, nuts in them and toys, hung from acardboard fireplace. My kids had a cardboard fireplace, too for many years, they are grown and my oldest daughter still wants it up,
but I seem to have retired from that!


Patria / PR    Posted 11-22-2002 at 04:24:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeah WalSal you brought back some sweet memories...just about the same as your days, but instead of christmas trees my dad sold food:-), he was in the hotel restaurant business and for the holidays he would bring home all kind of goodies from the hotel kitchens.

Our family is huge, and my mom and dad were godparents to dozens of kids, so our christmas shopping was also a venture. I would love those 'campings' at the shops picking presents even for the neighborhood kids.

We have one tradition that we still hold true, it's called 'Parrandas', some of the musicians friends and family will meet in someones home, practice some tunes, these are not 'Holly Night' like, although we made a 'Salsa' rithm like for it, remember, we are in PR:-) ,these are a 'bit' kind of loud songs specially for the parrandas. When we are ready we get in our cars and 'pay a visit' to friends and family. The 'fun' part is thay they have to be already asleep. So when we are almost there all the car lights should be off and everybody in total silence [we don't want to wake them up before we start playing]. Now , we now these ppl, we know in which room they sleep so we try to place ourselfs in that side. Ready everybody? 1, 2, 3,
1,2,3, 4!!! And the show's running, music and singing has started, we might be singin outside for about 10minutes before they turn on the lights and open the door to let us in, or not; this can happen, like a joke played on us . At this point we are playing and singing in the livingroom, drinks and goodies are being served and when we are done they join the parranda to move on to another 'dear friend's' home.
Nobody complains, not the one the parranda is being played for , nor the neightbors. Sometimes even the neightbors join in. And we'll move one from one house to the next until dawn.
You can have any kind of musical instruments at all, very few or a lot of them. I like to add a sax and some congas:-). My brother has been playing for this sucessful group for almost 30 years so it makes it easy for us to get some good musicians. I'll go in a parranda only once a christmas. This year? hm...I don't think so.
Don't know...we'll see.

For the rest is similar to your christmas, family and friends gatherings. But we try to strechhhhh it up some more:-) so we have the three kings day the 6th of january.

Gotta stop now or I'll end up with no ink at all.


Ana-wonderful!    Posted 11-22-2002 at 08:07:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
What wonderful stories from both of you and well told too. Makes me fill warm just reading them. Wasn't it much better when Christmas was more simple? We kids got ONE present each under the tree---can you see that happening these days? The big fun was family, food, stories, kids playing with cousins, seeing folks you hadn't seen in awhile. How sad those days are gone, but Parrandas sounds great! Does parranda mean parade? I learned something today! Thanks.


Patria / PR    Posted 11-22-2002 at 10:10:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello Ana, nice you dropped by:-)
Well, my family has keep the tradition alive since my childhood, until last year. My mom died in July at the age of 67 and I'm the oldest one.
She was the axis or center of it all...
I've been braking my head, on what to do this year, and how. I know I gotta do something to keep my dad's house alive and kicking for him this christmas. He's trying hard to be there for us. I'm doing the same for him. I even joint him in his business. But christmas...we'll see. I'm making mental plans so everybody can have a similar holidays. Too big a load right now.
Take Care


Ana-wonderful!    Posted 11-22-2002 at 08:03:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
What wonderful stories from both of you and well told too. Makes me fill warm just reading them. Wasn't it much better when Christmas was more simple? We kids got ONE present under the tree---can you see that happening these days? The fun was family, food, stories, kids playing with cousins, seeing folks you hadn't seen in awhile. How sad those days are gone, but Parrandas sounds fun! Does parranda mean parade?


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