Happy Thanksgiving! It seems strange to be talking about Christmas when today is Thanksgiving! But last week I promised you the background story for the inspiration of Holiday Hoopla. As you saw from Kim’s previous post here, I was away on a short holiday, and the Internet was non-existent where we were! So my blog post promise had to be delayed until today!
My husband comes from a very large, close family. One of the family traditions was a holiday dinner hosted by his Aunt Belle, on Christmas Eve. This was a sit-down dinner for about 75 relatives! She cooked for everyone – and I mean COOKED! The homemade yeast rolls were my favorite! Yum!
At some point in the evening, Uncle Joe would disappear. Shortly thereafter, there would be a loud clatter on the rooftop. Everyone would run outside to see what was going on! We were always rewarded with the amazing sight of Santa Claus climbing down from the roof with a huge red toy-stuffed bag slung over his shoulder! Someone would get a ladder to make Santa’s climb down from the roof safe! All of the children would gather round, and Santa had a present for every single child. After merriment and laughter, and a few Christmas carols, Santa would climb back up the ladder, wave to everyone from the rooftop, and then disappear!
My daughter, Jennifer, and my son, Brian, loved seeing Santa! This particular year (1982), I captured a picture of Brian as he waved good-bye to Santa. Despite the poor photography, and the graininess of this scanned, old photo, I still smile at the wonder and joy on Brian’s face. This photograph was the inspiration for Holiday Hoopla.
Holiday Hoopla, a collaboration between Kimberly of KimberkattScraps and myself, is currently on a Black Friday Special at SnickerdoodleDesigns.
You can pick up this cutie for 50% off, so just $3. Or pick up the entire Collection and maximize your savings!
I hope that as the Christmas season rapidly approaches, you experience joy, wonder, and all the blessings of Christmas!
(In loving memory of Aunt Belle and Uncle Joe)
However………… let’s not rush thru Thanksgiving!
Here is an yummy recipe for you to enjoy! (Embellished with an element cluster from Hay Day)
(Sorry for the poor preview image quality – the original is perfect!!)