Christmas celebrations were with family and friends at school concerts and at church. Christmas Eve service with the candles is a lasting memory.
Both our Dads & Moms families were from large families so there were always lots of people around. If someone showed up unexpected we set another plate on the table. There was no question of having enough food!! Lots of turkey, dressing, gravy, turnip, Grandma’s homemade bread, pies, Christmas pudding/sauce and Christmas cake. This meal would be served at noon. The music would then take over with sing songs and dancing. After the music, us cousins played games with our grandparents, uncles and aunts. The laughter was contagious. There was always enough leftover food for the evening meal.
After we got married we carried on the traditions. Living in the same rural community, attending the same church and raising our four daughters on a dairy farm, we have added more memories of this special time of year.
Our parents each bought homes in Florida in the 70’s so it seemed natural for us to do the same thing. My Dad introduced us to shuffleboard. He would let us win a game just to keep us shuffling!! Our daughters, sons in law and 12 grandchildren know what it is like to celebrate here in the sunny south. Yes, we have lots of food, music, laughter and love. We may even go to the beach if weather permits. We are excited about the birth of our fourth great grandchild that will arrive in Jan.
Our daughters are carrying on with the Christmas traditions that were passed on to us. We are blessed that our hearts and homes are filled with warmth and love.
Christmas Blessings Rendall & Myrna (Bilton)