Category Archive: Holidays

Feb 14

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To Florence, From Lois (1936)

Valentine’s Day—the holiday that encourages us to express our affections to those we love. Today there will be many cards sent and received, flowers and chocolates given and romantic dinners shared. Exchanging valentine cards in school has been a tradition for many years. My mom still has many of the valentine cards that she received …

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Dec 30

The 6th Day of Christmas

Candle Nativity, Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga, Christmas Eve 2011.

Even though all the Christmas services are over and most families have had their Christmas gatherings, it is still the Christmas Season. These are The Twelve Days of Christmas, the time from Christmas Day until the beginning of Epiphany. It is from 25 December through 5 January. Epiphany Day is 6 January. Today is the …

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Dec 23

Christmas Memories–Music

Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga, Christmas 2011

Christmas is the season for beautiful music and music is a big part of my life. I play both the piano and organ and I have been the organist at Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga, for nearly 46 years now. We have a beautiful church with very good acoustics. The Christmas Eve service is particularly beautiful at …

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Dec 16

Christmas Memories–Family Gatherings

Christmas dinner at the Cornelius & Hilda Schumm home, c1963.

Some of the best holiday memories come from family get-togethers. When I was young we went to each of my grandparents’ homes for a Christmas celebration. The Schumms usually gathered for an evening meal sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We were all able to sit around their dining room table, which was set …

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Nov 25

Thanksgiving

Wild turkey on the move.

Gobble, gobble. This wild turkey walked through our yard on Memorial Day this year. Apparently he had his holidays a little mixed up. I wonder if he survived to Thanksgiving Day. His photo is  a little blurry because he was moving fairly quickly as he passed  through. We had a domestic turkey yesterday for our Miller Thanksgiving …

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