Once again it is time for Christmas reminiscences and this
year my presentation will feature thoughts from some of the grandest teenagers I
know; our four grandchildren. Traditionally we begin with the oldest
individual, but this time I am disregarding that custom and letting the youngest
grand have a chance to share her thoughts first.Christen the youngest animal
lover in our family, collects Breyer horses and their paraphernalia. She hopes
one day to own a living-breathing thoroughbred, but until then she anticipates
adding to her collection; she appreciates all the models that she has received
over the years.
Caleb looks forward to the holiday countdown calendar (the
kind that originated in Germany) that he receives each year. Opening the daily
window reminds him how many more days until Christmas Eve, and beginning each
day in December with a piece of chocolate candy is pleasurable.
Catherine remembers the year she received a baby-doll under
the tree; she named her My Katie-doll and keeps her in a safe place. She looks
forward to spending time with relatives during the holidays, and appreciates the
movies received from Mimi and Papa.
Joshua remembers the Christmas long ago when he received a
Buzz-Light Year action figure; that year the Woody and Buzz characters were the
most requested items by the young male population. As a member of the Georgia
Military College Prep School Band, he looks forward to Honor Band Competition
and the countless holiday parades.
And years ago in the southwest Georgia town of Richland, I
remember the Christmas that brother David and I received portable radios; his
was blue and mine was red. There was a switch-button that changed it from Am to
FM and a substantial wire that served as a stand, a carrying handle and the
antenna. There was a dial on the front to change the station that must have
been as large as the top of a Mason jar. I do not remember listening to FM
stations, but I do remember that the AM stations of choice came with lots of
WBAM AM 740, the Big Bam, that broadcasted out of Montgomery,
Alabama, was our radio station of choice; we listened to it every day.
Silver Bells, Ring-a-ling, hear them ring; soon it will be Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas to everyone, from our house to yours; and Happy Birthday Jesus,
my Lord and Savior.