Monday, November 30, 2009

"I Know Something You Don't Know"

My Daddy would always start humming "I know something you don't know" around this time of year. Christmas was on it's way, with all of it's surprises and special moments. We started off the season by watching A Miracle on 34th Street. It seemed fitting since I'm working at Macy's right now. It brought back so many memories.

When I was young my Grandmother Holling would take me to department store in Pasadena (it is now Macy's on Lake). She would make me a Christmas dress and buy me a new pair of Mary Jane's. We would get our photo taken with Santa and then she would take me to lunch at the department store cafe. I thought she was the most fashionable, fancy lady ever.
She made the coat I'm wearing in this photo.

Watching A Miracle on 34th Street also reminded me of my Grandfather Holling.
Every year, he would dress up in his velvet Santa suit and come to our home on Christmas Eve.
One year he/my Santa brought me a Mighty Mouse game.

Christmas is a time for memories and tradition.
I LOVE Christmas.

Enjoy the buildup.

humming: "I know something you don't know."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, I remember those days. They are pleasant, unforgettable memories (to be treasured). I can hear your dad whistling that tune.....he just loved to peek our curiousity. What a guy!!!! My tree is up, the ceramic manger pieces are in place on the Paul Bunyan desk, and Buffy even hung the stockings! The living room is straightened up and will be dusted and vacuumed soon. In the kitchen, CJ and I cleaned the last of Thanksgiving messes....that was minimal. He is cleaning the stove and I plan to clean the refrigerater. Before Christmas arrives my gift to the family is a sparkling kitchen, living and dining room and sorting in the office. I want to bake and prepare homemade gifts for family and friends. Slowly the organizing is happening. The cottage is getting a face lift....the outside is being painted; the trim is a dark blue and the body is whisper gray. The bars and most of the shutters have been removed; not to be replaced. I think our CJ is serious about putting it on the market to sell. I am proud of you, Miss Kathryn. The old saying is: when the going gets tough; the tough get going. You have passed the test. It is not the struggles we have to endure; it is how we endure the your "stuff" girl. You are a strong McLard-HOlling production. I love you so much that my heart aches when you ache. Forever, Mom