Genea-Santa Came Through!

Every year young children write wishful letters to Santa Claus. Sending Santa their wishes in hopes of obtaining their hearts desire – and avoiding a stocking full of coal!

Well, genealogists write letters to Santa Clause, too. Well, Genea-Santa.

I found my Dear Genea-Santa post from December 2009. I made my requests and quite honestly […]

Merry Christmas!

Source: The Graphics Fairy

Source: The Graphics Fairy

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Advent Calendar – Christmas Music

One of the great things about the Christmas seasons is the music.

I love Christmas carols! I have even been known to listen to them in the summer time.

Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite Christmas carols as sung by DD’s local high school choir a few years ago. What a […]

Paper Clips, Bobby Pins and Christmas Ornaments

Bobby Pin Ornament

Perhaps I should entitle this post: How to Hang a Christmas Ornament Without a Hook.

A little background first….My maternal grandmother was Cecile White Howard (1917-1983). She passed away when I was 18. Fast forward to 1989 when I had my own apartment and my very first “grown-up” Christmas tree. My grandfather (Lester Howard) had […]

Advent Calendar – Non-Holiday Celebrations

Happy Birthday Cake

There is no doubt the holiday season keeps one very busy. Shopping, wrapping gifts, baking, traveling…..all as we celebrate Christmas.

Our family has a number of other exciting non-holiday events to celebrate as well.

We have a number of late November through New Year’s Day birthdays to celebrate. I don’t know how […]

Dear Santy Clause,

Dec 1920 Willie Richardson

As I have been transcribing my great grandmother Esther Richardson Talbott’s letters and postcards, I came across this great little letter from 1920 stuck in the stack. Visit Dearest Esther to read Esther’s correspondence.

The letter is written by Willie Richardson (b. 1909), Esther’s younger brother. Willie would have been 11 years old. Willie is […]

Creeping Down the Stairs…..


Source: The Graphics Fairy

I shared some of the my Grandmother’s Christmas memories recently, so I thought today I would share one of my own.

I don’t actually remember how old I was when this occurred, but I think I was early elementary school age.

Christmas Eve was (and still […]

Christmas Memories


One of the great things about pursuing my family history has been interviewing the older generations on both sides of my family. I am fortunate to have interviewed my grandmother on several occasions. (I look forward to more interviews in the future.)

From an interview a couple of years ago, I recently […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours!

Blog Caroling

I’m happy to join in the blog caroling tradition started over at Footnote Maven. It’s my first time “singing” on the blog. What fun! This is the time of year full of high school choral concerts in our area. There is a lot of talent in our area and it is a treat to […]

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