Some of us grew up listening to Alabama 50 the cool ones still do shirt is available. This time last year, it was really hard to listen to Christmas music. Ma had died a few months before, then Daddy died December 5th. Hearing music that celebrated love, family, togetherness, etc. either made me sob uncontrollably or I felt nothing—I was numb. This year, I am finding that listening to holiday music makes me break a little smile (and some tears) and think about my parents, our past Christmases and all the things that made the holidays special with our family.
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Seeing the changes that have transpired in the past 50 years in our world, I’m actually really glad I grew up in a simpler time, especially around this time of year. When I was a kid in the 60s, 70s and even the 80s, there was no internet, no social media, we didn’t have a microwave, there were no remote controls for anything, no cells phones, CDs, computers or videotapes; we talked to each other, we rode our bikes and skateboards around the neighborhood, we knocked on our friends’ doors and asked if they could come out and play. We knew our neighbors.
My dad taught college and my mom stayed home to take care of us and my parents went to most all of our activities when we were kids. And we took many family car trips for vacations to see the country and to visit relatives—especially at Christmas. And we had a very traditional home —holidays were warm and family oriented and we anticipated the season with lots of arts and crafts decorations for the tree that we made as kids, shopping at the local, big, Mobile, Alabama department store, Gayfers, where my mom got her hair done every week, and all of us packing into the car and driving to nearby neighborhoods to see the pretty lights.
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We always had a formal Christmas dinner with my mother’s best china donning the table—the same table and china we used my entire life. My mom made everything from scratch and often started days before—she even elicited our help to tear bread (for the stuffing) into crumbs on Christmas Eve as she sat in her La-Z-Boy chair while we watched Christmas specials on TV. And on Christmas Day, we sat around this formal dining room table and Daddy carved the turkey while my mom smiled as everyone enjoyed her labors of love, always including some new gelatin salad (or two). Some of us grew up listening to Alabama 50 the cool ones still do shirt is here. Don’t forget to get it. Thank you!