Three more examples of  what you remember best about Christmas:

From Proud Podcast Participant Don:

 Here we are with another Christmas coming fast.  But have we taken a moment to stop and think what this holiday really means? I know I haven’t.  It’s that time of year where we can all stop and smile at stranger and they don’t wonder if you’re about to mug them.

I think we all need to take a step back from all the hype and the ads that say buy this or that. I’ve found myself wondering what Virginia would say if she were alive today? I’ve read the letter she wrote to the newspaper. Would she write it again?

All I know is that Christmas means reaching out to someone who needs the help or might be hunger for a hug or a kind word. Have we become so jaded over time that all we can believe in is ourselves?

Josh Groban did a song for the movie Polar Express, all it said was you need to believe in the magic of the holiday. The tree in you living room with all the decorations collect over the years. Some because they have a special meaning or some because they are pretty. The yule log burning in the fireplace.

I remember how my hard it was for me to sleep on the eve of Christmas, or how I thought I heard sleigh bell softly ringing in the night. Opening the little gifts in the stocking.

We need to believe in something bigger than the commercial side of the holiday and hope for snow on Christmas Eve.  As a member of the Louie Louie Generation I will always believe in the softer and gentler things of Christmas. I hope the sleigh bell never stops ringing.

For those who have loved ones in harms way overseas, my hope for them is to come home to you soon. I say that as one who served. May we all get those gifts that we truly want.

 From Proud Podcast Participant Ty:

Christmas Cookie Rules…

 1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

 2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

 3. If a friend comes over while you’re making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend’s first cookie is calories free, (rule #1) yours is also.  It would be rude to let your friend sample alone; and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.

 4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move.  This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

 5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

 6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have three and green ones have five – one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

 7. Cookies eaten while watching “Miracle on 34th Street” have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one’s personal fuel.

 8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

 9. Any cookies consumed from someone else’s plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!

 10. Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories.

It’s a rule! So, go out and enjoy those Christmas Cookies – we only get them this time of year!

 And from Proud Podcast Participant Carolyn:


Hey There,

                Another memoy that I have is when my family first moved to PA. My dad accepted a job running a nursing home/retirement center for an organization that he my mom and I belonged to. I was 16 at the time and nervous about going to a new school.We moved into a house tmporarily while one was being bult fo us on the property of the facility (bcauese he was the administrator he had to be on the premises 24hrs a day.We would drive by the house and watch as it sprung up very quickly.

                                                                                             We were moved in by June or July of 1974.I was in love with my room.It was big with my very own first walk in closet.I had a four poster bed and furniture that my uncle gave me.My mom loved to sew and she made me a swiss dot (yellow) bedspread and curtains.My room was painted exactly like my aunts bedroom(light yellow walls and darker yellow trim)

                                                                                                         Anyway the Christmas seasonrolled around and for the first time we had two X-mas trees.One in the livingroom and one in the den.It was really cool having to decorate two trees.We also had a fireplace in the den and livingroom.My dad supervised the decorating of each tree with a critical eye.When we were done the trees were really beautiful.My dad decided one night to light a fier in the den fireplace.It turned into a disaster that we laughed about for years.He bought one of thos starter logs that smelled absolutely horrible.But the worst thing was he forgot to open the damper to let the smokego up the chimmeny.We had a house full of smoke.We opened all the windows and as many of the doors that we could.We had a cat that we had to watch that she did not get out.She was in my mom and dads room sowe were ale to shut the door with the windows open.Anyway it took hours for the thick smoke to clear but even when it did we could still smell the smoke in the curtains and the carpet.We rented a shampooer and took all he curtains down and washed them.I remember tellinng dad that someone had to christen the house and for once it was not me.

                            Christmas Day came and after breakfast we decided to open  gifts.The one thing that  really wanted to have was a poloroid camera.They had just come out a short time earlier.Sure enough I got one from mom and dad.I spent the whole day taking pictures of all kinds of things from the cat to my school towel .I loved the fact that I could see the picture develope.To this day I still have the camera(I’m not even sure that you can get the film for it).I still have the pictures that I took,in a photo album that has other memories in it.It is really amazing how a gift like a camera can open up a whole world.I have now graduated to a digital and a 35mm camera and I still take photos.

 If you get a chance, go to for my own best Christmas memories. And…MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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