I have many memories of Christmas. One is from grade school. I went to a one room country school - grades 1-8. At Christmas, we always had a big program. Our teacher "produced" three plays, complete with costume changes. All the students had a part in the Christmas program. Some were in the plays and others recited poems. We also sang Christmas carols, and all the parents, grandparents, and everyone else joined in. Not only did the students have to memorize all their parts, but school work still went on a daily basis. The teacher did it all.
Christmas magnifies nearly everything. There is more to eat, the shops are lit up by extra lights, and suddenly you have more family members around than you even remember having. However, it seems to me that Christmas also magnifies the effect of Murphy’s Law. There are a million extra little things that can – and do – go wrong. Don’t worry, though. I have the answer for your two biggest Yuletide headaches.
Let's find out. Here are the answers to Scrooge's Bah! Humbug! Quiz:
Q) What year did Charles Dickens write A Christmas Carol?
A) Dickens penned his classic holiday tale in 1843 and is credited with saving Christmas in the Victorian era. Seems the English had become rather "Scroogy" and didn't take off much time to celebrate any holiday, let alone Christmas. We didn't know Wal-Mart was around back then.
Looking for something to do around the city to get ready for the Christmas season? There’s plenty going on! Here are only a few things offered around town to get you in the mood to celebrate.
For Dickens lovers, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre offers their production of "A Christmas Carol." Take the whole family for a fun theater experience. The show runs through December 26 with both evening and matinee shows.
I love watching A Christmas Storyjust as much as the next guy during the holidays, but this year I am on the prowl for your not-so-normal Christmas movies. Thanks to Google and our online catalog, I was able to pin down a list of titles that serve Christmas up in the most unconventional way:
We have all heard the Christmas song, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” In several verses, you sing about figgy pudding. So, what is figgy pudding? It is a thick, heavy, cake-like Christmas, dessert popular in 19th century England.
One of my most vivid Christmas memories is of my grandmother. Most everyone can say that, I suppose, but this one doesn’t involve going to her house for Christmas. My grandmother, Dorothy Perry, lived in Los Angeles for most of her life. We lived in Kansas City. I grew up during the 1950s and 60s, and travel to Los Angeles was quite expensive, as were as long distance telephone calls (you paid by the minute). As a result, I didn’t get to see or talk to her very much.
During this time of the year, we start thinking about traditions: cookies Grandma made or finding the perfect tree with Dad. One of my favorite Christmases was actually one that wasn’t at all like the rest. The year was 2001. My family lived in Caracas, Venezuela at the time. It was at the beginning of the "Bolivarian Revolution," and things were tense between the government and opposing factions.
As we near the holiday season, thoughts generally turn to family gatherings. If you are like many families, you may have lost loved ones recently, so you may not be looking forward to these family gatherings. While there are many ways to cope with loss, one way I have found (and genealogists may agree) very helpful is to look at photos of past holidays.