Merry Christmas To All!

We wish you all the best of this most joyous of holiday seasons.


Christmas card

24 comments on “Merry Christmas To All!

  1. Bill says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Keep up the good view we get.

  2. captbogus2 says:

    My, how Christmas has changed in my time.
    From the days of my youth with the living room taking on the smell of the fir tree to the tree lights that, when one went out, the whole string went out. During the war we could get no new tree lights so we kept one good light as a ‘tester’. When a string went out we would start with the first light and substitute the ‘tester’ and on down the line until we found the bad bulb. We would then take the ‘tester’ out, pull a bit of tinsel off the tree, put it in the socket and reinsert the bad bulb. Oh, yeah, after Christmas we had to take all the tinsel off the tree because it was wartime and we couldn’t get tinsel either. I’ve often thought of that when I see a tinsel draped tree dumped at curbside. It was sad, too, to see a tree, yesterday a much revered symbol of our religion, dumped unceremoniously on the curbside…
    And today so many folks are either not allowed or afraid to utter the words,

    “Merry Christmas”

    • BrianR says:

      God, Buck, what a stroll down Memory Lane!

      I remember taking down all the foil tinsel every year, and Mom would carefully straighten it back out and put it back in those flat little boxes it came in to save for next year. AND having to check every little bulb on the string trying to figure out which one was burned out. It got even more difficult if TWO bulbs were gone. It was almost impossible to find the culprits then.

  3. captbogus2 says:

    I had forgotten about the two bulb deal. Only happened when we had been out and came home to a tree with a dark string. My aunt would go through the usual routine and when she figured out there were 2 bulbs out she’d take the string off the tree and place it on the floor. Using 2 ‘test’ bulbs she’d start with a ‘test’ bulb in #1 and work through the string. Not finding another culprit she’d move the ‘test’ bulb to #2 and repeat the process. I don’t know but to a 5 year old that was just part of the fun of Christmas. And I remember Santa Clause laughing, “Ho ho ho,” as he came up to the porch and knocked on the door and came in with a bag of toys but mostly he’d just pass out the stuff under the tree. I never caught on that my uncle was always missing from the scene. He usually had to, “take a nap” or some such. Most of the toys I got those years were made out of nonessential for the war effort materials and didn’t last until Spring but it was the best Christmas’ any kid could’ve had.

    • BrianR says:


      Yeah, good ole Santa.

      When my daughter was small, I remembered the Santa visits and we did the same thing for her. My Dad was Santa until she was about 5, at which point I figured she was getting too old to fall for that anymore, so I started hiring a guy to play the part. Same guy for the next few years, until she was too old to believe in Santa anymore.

      I remember those tree lights that looked like little flickering candles. I thought they were the coolest things since sliced bread, but for the life of me I’ve never been able to find them in modern times.

  4. captbogus2 says:

    After the war we kept the old lights until those bubble lights came out that were supposed to look like candles. Is that what you had?

  5. CW says:

    How un-PC of you! The Yalies are looking for their smelling salts.

    Merry Christmas! Does your family know they’re famous now?

  6. captbogus2 says:

    Maybe singing, “Deck the Halls with Balls of Haoles” is un-PC… I don’t know…

  7. captbogus2 says:

    Oh. That’s the Hawaiian version…..

  8. Kathy says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Brian. Remember to save room for pie. 😉

  9. captbogus2 says:

    Last entry 12/25/15
    Don’t that tell you somethin’???

  10. captbogus2 says:

    Oh, har har har…

  11. jevica says:


    The little one is real big. The family looks great, as you do also. Whatever happened to the famous shirt you had?

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