) ( ( ) Good Morning Family! ( \ .-.,--^--. ( Come on in. . . \* ) \\|`----'| - The coffee pot's on. . . .=|=. \| |// ...and we even have decaf, |~'~| | |/ tea, and hot chocolate! | | \ / _|___|_ ------ (_______) Today's topics include: 1. Welcome to new cousins 2. A Family Christmas, Part III 3. Did You Know...? 4. A Christmas Recipe 5. Christmas Memories TO OUR NEWEST COUSINS ~~ On behalf of the entire family, I'd like to extend a most hearty welcome to those cousins who came into the family fold this past week. We are very glad to have you with us and hope you'll stay and remain a part of our online family. As soon as you're comfortable with us and the list, please send in your list-surname lines so we can all see how we're related to you. We do not have a fancy format for sending in records or queries to the list. Post as many as you wish! If the data has anything to do with our list-surname ancestors that might help someone, please feel free to post it. Every scrap of information is appreciated. You're welcome to share this Coffee with your genealogy friends and relatives. If they are not members of our online family and would like to begin receiving the Coffee, they are now able to. Simply have them send a blank email to <SundayCoffeeemail@example.com>. A FAMILY CHRISTMAS, PART III She thoroughly enjoyed the Victorian family's Christmas. That group of people profoundly affected her, though she couldn't have told anyone why. There was just something about them that drew her ~ much like those in the early American snowglobe. As with the first one, she was drawn to the single redhead among the family group. She set the Victorian globe on the nightstand, next to the first one. It was the third week since her grandmother had handed her the gifts. The time had arrived to open the third one. She picked up a box wrapped in sparkly blue, metallicky paper tied with a thick, red ribbon. The first two were prettier, but this one was nice enough. She gave no thought about what was inside. The first two gifts were in the same shaped box as the one she now held. It would be another snowlobe. *sigh* Grandma just really needed help in selecting gifts! She was surely lacking in creativity and originality! Just how many snowglobes did one person need? As before, she was extremely careful opening the present. If this one was like the first two, there would be people inside... And sure enough, there were. She looked at the metal plate on the front of the snowglobe's stand. "Denver, 1921." These globes were coming from all over the United States, it appeared. In a parlor considered modern for the day, sat a family opening gifts. A tree, looking to be about 7 feet tall sat in the corner of the room. Countless, brightly colored glass spheres, indents, and figural ornaments of all sorts in red, white and blue adorned the tree. Electric, milk glass lights added a brilliance. Garlands finished the beautiful spectacle. As with the previous two families, a copper-headed child was present ~ a girl just like in the Victorian globe. She was opening what appeared to be a tea set and laughed with excitement when she finally got the entire present unwrapped. "Hmmm..., that's strange." She looked more closely at the young girl in the globe. "Her cheeks have dimples and her eyes curve up when she smiles or laughs!" "Why, she looks just like..." The thought halted as she looked around the room, spotting a copy of Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol, which had been put on a table. "The family will enjoy the story," she thought. It was what sat next to the book that gave her a start... Two snowglobes... Both of which looked just like the ones her Grandmother had given her. "What's going on? How is it that I have two snowglobes just like the two in this third one?" It was time to call Grandma. "Those globes I gave are you are special. I wanted to give you something to remember me by." It was all Grandma would say. Next week: Gifts #4 & 5 DID YOU KNOW...? **...that Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882? The new lights proved safer than the traditional candles. **...that the first electric Christmas tree lights were telephone switchboard lights? **...that the real St. Nicholas lived in Turkey? St. Nicholas was bishop of the Turkish town of Myra in the early 4th century. It was the Dutch who first made him into a Christmas gift-giver, and Dutch settlers brought him to America where his name eventually became the familiar Santa Claus. **...that a town in Indiana and another town in Idaho are both called Santa Claus? **...that the song, "Jingle Bells," was actually written for Thanksgiving? The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called "One Horse Open Sleigh." CHRISTMAS RECIPE "Oh, bring us some figgy pudding, Oh bring us some figgy pudding. Oh, bring us some figgy pudding, And a cup of good cheer!" Or so the song goes. Ever wonder how to make it? Well, here it is... ~ FIGGY PUDDING ~ 1/2 pound figs 1/4 cup candied lemon peel 1-1/4 cups bread crumbs 3 tablespoons melted butter 1 cup almonds or walnuts 4 eggs, beaten 1 cup light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 1/2 cup candied grapefruit peel 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg Chop the figs and mix with bread crumbs. Brown the almonds or walnuts (if using almonds, they should be blanched and skinned and chopped; walnuts should be chopped). Mix with remaining ingredients. Put the mixture into a greased mold and steam 2-1/2 hours. (The pudding may also be baked at 325 degrees for 1 hour.) Moist, soft grapefruit peel adds a very good flavor. Serve with a brandy and cream sauce. CHRISTMAS MEMORIES From Jim: "The year, 1950, in Lakeside, Vermont, a suburb of Burlington, I was 5 and my brother Roger was 8. We knew Santa was coming that night, and we couldn't sleep. We raised the pull-shade next to our bed to see where he was, and we saw him walking down the sidewalk from Doctor Butterfield's house next door. We quickly, in an excited panic, pulled the shade down and squealed in delight. Then, we made the mistake of a lifetime....We raised the shade again to see where he was...and lo and behold!!! ...he was 6 inches from our faces right outside the storm window waving to us and saying, "Ho,ho,ho...Merry Christmas Roger and Jimmy." We died!!! "That Christmas I got a Victrola with two 78 records. One was the "Tennessee Waltz" and the other was "Put Another Nickel in the Nickelodeon." I also got a children's pair of skis. I was on top of the world that year with my music and skis. We didn't have much back then, but we didn't know that we didn't have much. Merry Christmas." From Jackie: "40 years ago a family tradition was started by my Grandparents with the birth of their first Grandson. My Mom, her 2 sisters and 2 brothers and their children spent Christmas Eve at my Grandparents house. Food galore, many presents to unwrap and precious memories. After Granddaddy & Grandma died, we still keep that Christmas Eve tradition alive. We have only missed one because of an ice storm and Christmas was not the same. "Today it is the sisters & brothers, their children and their children's children. During the year, we have lost 2 of our family members, an Aunt and her middle son. I have found some old slides of the family and will be doing a slide show this Christmas Eve. It will be a time to reflect on memories of long ago and be gracious for the family still here." From Jean: "One Christmas was different for me. (I hesitate to use the word "special" because every Christmas is special!) I grew up by the railroad tracks! This isn't as bad as it sounds! We lived on a farm in southern Minnesota and the railroad tracks just happened to cut through our farm. The tracks were about 1-1/2 blocks from our house. Also, the one-room country school that I attended was just across the road from our farm. "Unbeknownst to me, the crew on one of the daily trains watched me grow up, saw me walking to school with my crutches and, later, with my wheelchair. Then, all of a sudden, I disappeared! I was fine -- I had just finished eighth grade and was getting high school from private tutors at home.. "During this time, my Mother would be coming out of the barn after doing evening chores at the same time that the train went buy. She would blink the yard light at them and they would give several extra toots on their whistle. Just before Christmas one year Mother was hospitalized. The train crew kept up their whistles but there was no return blinking lights. When Mother was able, she sent a letter to the train crew thanking them for the extra whistles and how much they meant to our family, especially as Mother was gaining strength after her hospitalization. "It wasn't long before we got a return letter from the train crew telling how they enjoyed the "romance" of the lights and whistles and asking about me. Then they started throwing goodies off the train as they went by -- St. Paul/Minneapolis newspapers, often with candy wrapped in them, magazines, and other things. They were always very generous with gifts for my birthday and Christmas. "As the next Christmas approached they said they planned to stop the train at our crossing and give me a gift from all the crew. The stop was set for a Sunday evening. I was a guest at our church's Luther League Christmas party that evening and, when I had to leave the party, most of the young people followed along. The Christmas program was going on in the country school and, when the train came, the school emptied out -- including the teacher's fiance who was playing Santa for the evening! "The gift the train crew gave me was a swivel, adjustable desk chair with casters. Since I was doing my high school work at home, they decided I needed a comfortable chair! They also gave me many individual gifts and candy. This all made our local newspapers and was even in the St. Paul/Minneapolis newspapers. (I still have the chair some 50 years later.) "Bit by bit, the crew members retired but the ones who instigated the gifts, continued to send gifts at Christmas and my birthday. Now they are all deceased. It was a joy knowing these men -- they were a very special part of my life. "(The train stopped another time in warmer weather and gave me a parakeet, cage and lots of individual gifts.)" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Family ... it's what we're all about. I so enjoyed spending this time with you today. Thank you for sharing it with me. I wish each of you a week filled with health, productivity, fun, and above all, filled with love and inner peace. ) ( ) _.-~~-. (@\'--'/. Colleen ('``.__.'`) `..____.'