Keep It Simple….Soon It Will Be Christmas Day!

“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks….dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.”
~ Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

My dad was a dairy farmer and I grew up in the country, far from any city sidewalks. I do remember singing this song, Silver Bells, about the city all dressed for Christmas. Even the street lights blinked red and green. Every Christmas, mom and dad would drive us to Winston-Salem. The destination was Sears, Roebuck and Company, to Christmas shop and to tell Santa what we wanted for Christmas. Remember the Sears Christmas catalog? Or was it called a “wish book”? Who can forget the catalog full of toys that arrived weeks before Christmas? These and other Christmas memories give me “a feeling of Christmas.”

Christmas decorating will soon be finished at our house. As I unpack the decorations each year, I find myself remembering special times and people who have touched my life. Poinsettias bring back wonderful memories of my paternal grandfather who owned a florist in Elkin and who decorated with poinsettias for our Christmas wedding. A poinsettia will always be a part of our Christmas decorations.

Even the recipes I pull out of my recipe file to use during the holiday season evoke memories of past Christmases. The music, cards, food, smells, family activities, movies, etc. contribute to that “feeling of Christmas.” Although Christmas is not the same as when I was young, or when our children were home, I can be thankful for all the wonderful memories.

“Silver bells, silver bells….it’s Christmas time in the city. Ring-a-ling, hear them sing. Soon it will be Christmas Day.”
Merry Christmas…..make special memories this year!

This recipe came from a Southern Living magazine from the 1970s. When I found it in my recipe file, it brought back memories of a Christmas dinner shared with our next door neighbors in Graham, NC, who were newlyweds, and shared the same December 28th anniversary as Ed and I.
Ambrosia Salad

  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1 ½ cup diced oranges
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 4 Tbs. lemon juice

Combine and chill.


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup cranberry sauce (without berries)
  • ½ cup whipping cream, whipped

Combine and chill until ready to serve. When ready to serve, toss the fruit mixture with the dressing. Garnish salad with flaked coconut. Serves 8