Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tis the season

New Orleans Christmas festivity

Today's post is one of Christmas Past.

I can remember the joy of getting a bicycle, on Christmas morn, more than a half century ago.

Snowlike flakes at Miracle on Fulton Street
I can remember setting out to go snow skiing with my wife on our first Christmas together, only to see the highways, on Christmas morning, blocked by a huge snowfall outside of Chattanooga, TN. We headed back to Mississippi.
Huge Christmas tree in Gatlinburg, TN
I can remember the Christmas eve of almost a half century ago when our first son was born.

Decorations on family Christmas tree
And although it was July, I can remember enjoying the entertainment at the Cannery in San Francisco when a group of individuals, dressed in a varied array of Santa costumes, moseyed into the area. Because of my beard, they even called out to me as being Santa Claus.

Hattiesburg, MS yard display for Christmas
The Christmases tend to run together nowadays. 

We try to visit Bellingrath Gardens outside of Mobile, AL each year. 

And now and then we visit New Orleans to enjoy Miracle on Fulton Street, an entertaining array of decorations, trees and live shows.

The Fantasy of Lights Christmas parades in Gatlinburg, TN have been enjoyable, as well as the Christmas on the Water parades of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

But for the most part, except for maybe two times over the past 48 years, Christmas morning has been spent at home. 

Nowadays, our Christmas is celebrated with sons, daughters-in-law and grandkids, mostly on Dec. 26, giving each a time at home for their own celebrations and family gift-giving.

I only hope and pray that we all will have a lot more Christmases Past to enjoy.

Enjoy the pictures below of our Christmases Past.

Next post: December 8, 2015

Decorations at Mercier Apple Orchard outside Blue Ridge, GA

Timed-photo exposure at Bellingrath Gardens, AL 

Bellingrath Gardens, AL

Bellingrath Gardens, AL

Cute sidewalk snowman

Christmas time in Gatlinburg, TN

Christmas couple on sidewalk in Canton, MS

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