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December 14, 2011 JULIAN FEED & SUPPLY by Michele Harvey Christmas Memories, part 1 This year I want to share memories of Christmas's throughout my life. rve decided to write about some of my favorite memories and also rve written about some of my least favorite memories. They are in no particular order and will be published in two installments. Here is the first. A few nights ago I was thinking about my sister and remembered a day when we were teenagers. It must have been December that year because we were wrapping Christmas gifts in a trailer behind The Julian News 5 Groceries Fresh Produce Sundries Beer. Wine. Liquor Dry Gleaning Lotto. Scratchers herboyrien shouseinE Ca on I rceesOeon Metearmel That memory led to others and sent me on a journey back through U.S.D.A. Choice Bee[ Buffalo Meat time. Big stocking. When my older sister Carlynne was engaged, her Special and Holiday Orders, Cut to your Specifications fianc Ken brought a huge Christmas stocking into our house and 0PI -N DA|I, IY 6a.m. To 8p.m. hung it on one of the open beams in our living room, That stocking must have been 12 feet high. Christmas morning was filled with more than the usual excitement as we all watched Carlynne unwrap the mystery gift inside. I don't remember how many boxes she had to unwrap, however, I remember that some boxes were taped together with slender boxes somehow running from one larger box through to another one. i think Ken began with a refrigerator box or a washing machine box. The morning was heavy with anticipation as each box revealed a smaller box, then an even smaller box until Carlynne opened the last tiny box and found her gift. Her reward for all that work was a one ounce bottle of Chanel #5. Well worth the effort to find it. " AMERICAN LEGION Post 468 " 11; l)ancakes, Sausage l i' Eggs, I P C;Urnt ePfta tahS l i= Biscuits/SausageGravy /I I I, O0 Coffee . O0 ] and Orange Juice ) Sunday, December'i 8; |i ' Benefit for ;hama clkel:rm3aOand Family ANon.Profit telephone in it. My sister got a blue phone. Soon after Christmas I received my real pink princess telephone and Carlynne got her real Donation 2rid & Washington AlIProceeds Returned To The Community blue princess phone. We got our own telephone number separate ~.~ ~,.~~. ~~%.\~ ~,,.~i~"~ from the family phone. That was a very special gift. Christmas letters penciled in with color. My mother, a widow ... ..... .; .... ,. had to work full time, so we didn't bake cookies or do anything that was very time consuming during the holidays. However, she wrote il Palm trees out the living room window. When I was about ten years i| old, growing up in sunny La Mesa, California, i decided that Christmas II should look like the hundreds of cards that my mother received from II her many friends and relatives. Currier and Ives scenes of winter activities were my favorite Christmas cards. At one end of our living All Your Tree Service Needs room was a picture window and at the other end was our stairway Contmercial Residel tialA where we taped all of the cards. Each time I passed the stair rail and Oak and Pine our Specialty t[ its supports full of cards with wintry scenes; I was reminded of what CA. State License #704192 my idea of Christmas would look like. The Christmas specials that we Fully Insured for Your Protection watched on TV each December also had people singing while snow Workers Comp. surrounded them or fake, but realistic looking snow fell on them. That W erl 81 year the weather was perfect for a spring day. The temperature was ' | 76 degrees with bright blue skies. I cried, thinking that Christmas fl I[t couldn t possibly look and feel like that. Yes, I have lived the past 28 0 years where snow falls every winter and I'm grateful that Christmas has the right feel to it even when we don't get snow. ILt Ill Bongo drums. One year, believing that I was a good enough child to get what I wanted for Christmas; I wished really hard for a pair EEI of Bongo Drums. On Christmas morning I rushed down stairs to the living room absolutely certain that Santa brought me my heart's desire, a pair of Bongo drums. I saw Bongo drums, and just as my excitement grew to a fever pitch, knowing that Santa loved me, I saw that the drums were given to my brother, not to me. Few things in my life have been as disappointing as that moment of realizatiom My feelings about Santa changed that morning along with my disappointment. Princess phone. When I turned 13, I asked my mother if I could get a princess telephone of my very own. She said that if Ipaid for the installation, she would pay the monthly bills which at that time were less than $5.00 each month. I gave her my hard earned money, expe(:tinga elepl one any day. -i om told me the{ shewas to0 busy to order my phone until after= ch ristmas and asked me to be patienL Though patience isn't one of my strong suits, I had no choice, so I don't think I bugged her about it. Christmas morning dawned and among my gifts was a small box with a small, pink, plastic princess Christmas Accomodations great Christmas letters. Some rve managed to save and they are great fun to read. When I was in elementary school and junior high school, we didn't have copiers like nearly everyone has today. Mom wrote her letter each year and drew a holiday oriented picture. And then she had them mimeographed. When she brought them home, they looked very plain. No problem. In my memory, we helped them come to life with our colored pencils. I remember one year when the drawing was of candles. Mom brought out our colored pencils and we sat together at the breakfast table drawing red candles with yellow flames surrounded by a wreath of green holly. This isn't one of my most vivid memories, yet it's one of my favorite holiday memories, of sitting together creating a bit of Christmas beauty. Pendleton shirt... Not. Not all of my Christmas memories are good ones. I don't look back with any kind of anger because I know my mother always did her best for us. However, sometimes she got her wires crossed, or thought we didn't mean what we said. Once we three children were teenagers, each year my mother gave my brother a blue Pendleton shirt. Blue Pendletons were all the rage because the Beach Boys wore them on all of their album covers. Though rm sure my brother was envied by his friends, I think he got bored with his expected gift each Christmas morning. I, on the other hand, really wanted my very own Pendleton shirt. In my teen years I posted my Christmas list on my bedroom door so any potential gift giver could plainly see what I wanted for Christmas that year. Though ! wrote my wanting a Pendleton shirt, and rm sure that I was very specific in wanting a blue plaid Pendleton shirt; Christmas morning my brother got his blue plaid Pendleton, but I received a flannel pull over shirt with a black, brown and orange tiger print. I wore it until it wore out to please my mother, and I was grateful to own a warm shirt, but I never liked it. Kwanzaa and Hanukah overlap Christmas this year which is very special. I celebrate Christmas each year So I say "Merry Christmas!" However, I have friends who celebrate other holidays, so to them I say "Happy Holidays!" These are my thoughts. 'Tie The Season - Pamper Your Pet (St tePoint)The holidays aren't as Benni & Pennrs fruit-fortified just for indulging children; family jerky treats. Featuring a meaty pets could use some pampering, piece of jerky wrapped around a too. fruit morsel, they come in a range In fact, a poll conducted by of flavors, including chicken and Petside.com reported that 53 kiwi, chicken and banana and percent of U.S. pet parentschicken and apple. intended to get their animal Mistletoe Kisses. Christmas companions a present duringthe comes but once a year, but holidays, periodontal disease can threaten To help you get in the spirit of dogs and cats at any time. the season, here are some gift Fortunately, innovative solutions ideas for the furry friend in your -- like TropiClean's "fresh breath life: made easy!" -- offer safe, A Holiday Feast. If you're natural ways to keep your pet's looking to discourage Fido teeth clean and healthy while from begging for holiday dinner freshening their breath and scraps, why not get him a feast without brushing. of his own? For example, Stella & Toys in Petland. Whether your Chewy's frozen and freeze-dried pet's a smarty paws or just needs Dinners for Dogs are made of an outlet for his extra energy, raw, natural meat, without added therearea number of toys that let hormones or antibiotics. They you interact with him in creative also have freeze-dried Dinners ways. For example, the Nine for Cats with added vitamins, Ottosson Dog Maze lets dogs minerals, probiotics and just the discover hidden treats in toys right amount of taurine to keep that wobble, rock and spin. And your kitty healthy, for the ultimate illuminated safety Or give into Fido's sweet tooth collar, check out The Company of with an after-dinner treat, such Animals' VIVID Collar- perfect for those dark winter walks! like Lickety Stik. The roll-on For cats, consider getting a dispenser lets dogs experience holiday-themed, biodegradable all the excitement and flavor of corrugated scratcher.For a moist, meaty treat without the example, Imperial Cat'ssticky mess for owners. Plus, Scratch 'nShapes scratchersit's a fraction of the calories with are creatively designed to none of the bulk of conventional complement practically any treats. decor. Their simulated tree bark And don't forget, when texture provides cats with an pampering your pets with gifts, ideal surface for scratching, keep their packages separate relaxing, pouncing or playing, and unwrapped. Normal holiday Each scratcher also comes with trimmings like wrapping paper, a bag of certified organic catnip ribbon and tinsel can be unsafe to entice your kitty, for curious animals. Holiday Treats. If your dog By safely indulging your pets makes Santa's "nice" list, treat you can get every member of him or her to a liquid treat your family intothe holiday spirit. There are five reasons there are no ornaments on the lower branches of my Christmas tree. They all meow. The cats love Christmas. They love playing with Christmas ornaments. They love unwrapping packages. They don't read so well and sometimes unwrap other people's packages but then they are suitably repentant. Besides, they know the packages will soon be rewrapped--it's a kind of magic--and ready to go again. The cats don't love Christmas cookies. The horses love Christmas cookies but, fortunately, the horses don't live in the house. But there is always turkey which the cats adore. And when the playing is done (for a while) they sleep in their favorite spots. Which illustrate why there are no Christmas decorations on the corner cupboard.