Thursday, December 07, 2006

Long ago Christmas

Saying for the day: Isn't black jack a Christmas tradition?

I’ve spent some time thinking about past Christmases and Christmas at Grandma Lanyon’s in particular. Aside from the food there are a number of things I remember.
First : I read a blog that jokingly said that children should eat at their own table at Christmas and that table should be in a different room. That is the way it was at grandma’s. The adults ate in the kitchen while all the kids ate at a table set up in the living room. One adult was in charge of bringing us food beyond the big bowl of potatoes and platter of turkey that was on the table. We kept the adult busy.
Second: After the meal the adults played black jack in the kitchen. They took the game seriously and played for nickels. There was lots of shouting and somebody always got mad. The kids played a variety of games in the living room. For years I thought it was everybody’s tradition to play black jack on Christmas day. You became an adult when you were old enough to join the game.
Third: Gram had a Christmas village set up on a desk. It was constructed of siff cardboard and painted with something that felt like sandpaper. Each house had a light. In the middle was a church and a manger scene. I loved that display. Gram also had an aluminum tree that you couldn’t put lights on. It was lit with a big color wheel so the colors were changing all the time . I was fascinated by it but my dad looked down on it as “not a real Christmas tree”.
So many memories all tied to Christmas.

News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where the trains still run and doomsday may be approaching-Petrovich announced last night that he is throwing a doomsday party on the fourteenth . He says that since the town is ending they might as well have one last celebration before it goes. His only problem is where the party should be help. Mayor Trumble has said that it can’t be held at the town hall since the town isn’t going to end. The churches are having nothing to do with this end nonsense so it can’t be held there. The Masons have also refused to let him use their hall. So poor Petrovich will have to have his party at the Fly Inn . They never refuse anybody with money.( Besides he has been good for bar business)
The question in town among Petrovich believers is how will the town end.
Some think there will be a massive earthquake, others a tornado ( but this isn’t tornado season). Some have suggested a flood of biblical proportions but where the water would come from is anybody’s guess. The most unique idea is that the town would just sink into one of the old mines that are under it. There have been some sink holes where entire front yards have gone down into the old mine so that is possible. The most widely accepted idea is that the trains will stop and the town will slowly fade away. Such a sad end. Petrovich is leaning toward an atomic bomb brought in by an Arab terrorist on the last train. He says there are things in the driblet that point to that end.
In eight or nine days we will know. Who is right Mrs. Trumble or Petrovich? Will there be a Pigeon Falls on the sixteenth? Will the trains keep running? So many questions and only time will tell.
Link for today: Dick Small's Blog-: Remember to leave the words Dr. John in the comment to get those JCPOINTS that the cat dragged in.
It was a sleepy day. Betty was very tired so we didn't do much. I did some Christmas shopping on the computer . I worked at getting the JCPOINTS up to date and am almost there. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Jan said...

Hope that you and betty have a good day. ( I am sending the two of y'all a Christmas card in the mail today.)

5:30 AM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

I really like hearing Christmas traditions. Black jack, ha,ha..

5:44 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

I always enjoy your posts about the old days.

I have been to dinners where the kids had a separate table, but never in a separate room.

I hope you are having a nice week.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Well, we didn't play blackjack, but getting moved up to the adult table was a major deal. I had to get married to earn a seat.

It might not be tornado season, but it's possible. The next town over from us had a small F1 confirmed by the National Weather Service last Friday. Our town would be more likely to go by sinkhole as well.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

At my grandma's house the card game was always cribbage, there was lots of beer and cigarettes. I do not recall us kids ever eating a meal there, though....

7:32 AM  
Anonymous janvangogh said...

Petrovich is leaning towards an atomic bomb brought in by Arab terrorists. To Pigeon Falls? LOL> And someone is still taking his interpretation seriously?

7:49 AM  
Blogger Kat Campbell said...

We had a children's table when I was growing up. It was to save my mother's good china and crystal from the damage of little fingers. The youngest kid didn't even get to sit at the kids table, they were stuck on the bread board that pulled out from under the counter.

10:18 AM  
Blogger bazza27 said...

Just passing through quickly Dr John to say thank you for the lovely snow globe. it has pride of place on my desk at work and is the envy of all my colleagues.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Bella said...

I love Christmas memories. Every year my g-parents would get a 15 foot tree because they had the high vault ceilings. We would go over there and help decorate and grandma would always have to climb the ladder to put the star on top. She always had this big huge red star to put on top of the tree. Now, I see that star and it looks so small.

My family always sat around and talked but I don't think they ever played Black Jack. Maybe I'll start that tradition. :)

11:21 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Our family was pretty small, so when we did have the family get together we all sat at the same table. Christmas Day it was just the four of us so we all sat at the Kitchen table.

It sounds like Petrovich may be holding his party by himself.

Blessings to you and Betty for a wonderful day

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Bazza27 got a snow globe? How about the rest of us??? Don't we rate??? Darn...

1:57 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

Christmas memories are the very best arent they? Especially at Grandmas house.

2:33 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

It wouldn't be Christmas cheer without an argument or two.

I am really starting to worry aout Pigeon Falls. I just found it and now it may disappear. I'm not a happy camper.

6:07 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Ha! Black Jack -- sounds like my former father-in-law's house! It was fun, wasn't it?!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Christmas memories, they are all so different and yet being almost 40 I can almost remember each and every one.

They keep getting better and better don't they Dr. John?

7:46 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

i love reading your memories. my memories at my grandparents home for the holidays are just so cherished, i know exactly how you feel. playing cards and a different table, that i remember too. how sweet that we have all this within us.
hope and faith is all the town and all i, we need..
i'm sorry Betty was so tired. i hope she gets all the rest she needs. thank you for your words, for the comment and for i feel better knowing that you will pray for her, for me, for my family. this too shall pass.

have a good night and hugs all around.

8:59 PM  
Blogger butterflies said...

Hi Dr John
When we were young us kids would have our own table.The adults had a huge table and we had another huge table.All in the same room.We had fizzy drinks and roast lamb and ham and salads(its summer at xmas time in NZ)..after dinner we would all run round outside waiting til our parents finished and we would all go to the beach with the leftovers in a picnic basket.
breathe easy...

10:10 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Re: your comments in Happyandblue's blog. There is nothing weird about liking dragons. It's those non-dragon types who are odd.

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like dragons. And leprechauns.

12:27 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I remember the little village buildings made out of cardboard, with that sandpapery, sparkly coating. And the aluminum trees, which had to be lit by a color wheel, so you didnt electrocute yourself. I suppose I am giving my age away here. No matter ... I love the memories of those things.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Tina Dray said...

Big Thanks Dr John for my snow globe my children love it to !

Hope you and betty are keeping well!

4:19 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

Black jack as a christmas tradtion? That's a new one - but those are the memories that make our holidays special. And I'm guessing that maybe your grandmother's village scene got you started on your railroad village and Pigeon Falls!

4:47 AM  

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