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The Top Notch Christmas Book belonged to Great Aunt Wincie, who taught elocution in Bentonville, Arkansas during the 1930s and 40s. The book contains all kinds of poems, verses and childrens’ Christmas plays.

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That Good Christmas Book is also full of ideas for Christmas programs. I remember when I was in sixth grade in a public school we performed the Nativity Story and (gasp) a sixth grade boy read the Biblical account from Luke.

The Anchoress didn’t believe in Santa Claus when she was a little girl.

Oh, but I did. Sometimes I still do.

I’m borrowing a Meme about my favorite holiday from our dear Anchoress because it looks fun and I love Christmas.

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? The Wassail Bowl.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? When the kids were little, Santa hid the big presents somewhere around the room. All the presents are wrapped now.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? The lights on the tree were colored when the kids were small. Now, they are white.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? My Dad did when we were kids. He fetched it out of the trees in the woods behind our house. Since I’ve been grown with my own family, we don’t.

5. When do you put your decorations up? Usually the day after Thanksgiving. I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? My sister-in-law, Cille’s creamed eggs.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child: There are too many to list. I wrote about the Christmas scenes my Dad created every year here and that is probably the top of my list. Going to my paternal grandparents for Christmas Eve was always exciting. My cousins and brothers and sister and I always performed a Christmas pageant. The worst Christmas memory was receiving the cameo ring I really really wanted and then discovering that our beloved kitty, Mittens had been killed by a dog.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I learned from the kids at school. I didn’t believe them and got into some heated arguments about the existence or non-existence of Santa Claus. I was the oldest child in the family and having that kind of knowledge was just too much for me. I had to pretend I still believed for my brothers and sister and kept hoping it was true for many years.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Our family has celebrated Christmas Eve at my brothers for many years. That tradition will change this year because he is in the mideast. We always opened gifts from our parents, brothers and sisters and families at my brothers. Our plans will be changing this year.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? I decorate it with a cup of Egg nog in one hand and an ornament in the other.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it? I always love snow but don’t like the ice that sometimes follows.

12. Can you ice skate? Ha!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? I have had too many favorite gifts to list. I remember the most shocking gift I ever received was a set of hot pink Samsonite luggage from my husband’s parents the Christmas we were engaged. Hot pink is my least favorite color because it attracts too much attention. But that luggage was durable and I couldn’t get rid of it for years.

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Having all my children (and now grandson) safe under our roof and everyone in the family together.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Peppermint Candy Cookies.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Our annual Fletcher Family Football Tournament. This tournament always occurs after Christmas so it stretches the Christmas season.

17. What tops your tree? An angel we got at the Nurnberg, Germany Christkindlesmarkt.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Giving is so much more fun.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song? Silent Night sung by Bing Crosby.

20. Candy canes: Yes.

21. Favorite Christmas movie? The Christmas Story.

22. What do you leave for Santa? Reindeer Cookies.