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How Sweet it Was! Candy in the 1800’s

Many of us who write historical western romance have the occasional scene that takes place in a mercantile or general store. I myself often have a character buy some candy for either themselves or children. But what was that candy like? I mention licorice whips and peppermint sticks in my stories, but what else did they have back in the day? Well, here’s a little history of some of the things we’ve come to love.

Sometime in 1847, a gentleman by the name of Oliver Chase invented the machine for cutting lozenges and the famous Necco Wafer was born. The first branded chewing gum came along (made from tree sap) the following year. Down the road in 1854 Whitman’s chocolates joined the candy crowd. How many of you still buy them today? I occasionally get the itty bitty box at my local drug store. And for those of you into chocolate-covered liquid centered cherries, (yum!) they were invented in 1864 by Cella’s Cherries. Of course, we can’t forget about Richard and George Cadbury. Where would the Cadbury bunny be without them? But before Cadbury bunnies, they were best known for making the first box of Valentine’s chocolates back in 1868. Go, team Cadbury!

Fast forward to 1879 when William H. Thompson comes up with Thompson Chocolate. Okay, so another chocolatier. But he also stated his goal “to make only quality products” and set a new standard.

Then along came candy corn in 1880. Invented by the Wunderle Candy Company, it’s still a best-selling Halloween candy, and will probably still be around for years to come!

Other candy companies began to crop up. Reed’s Candy came along and set up business in Chicago. They invented a yummy butterscotch candy that became known as Reed’s Rolls. Then in 1890, The Piedmont Candy Company was started in Lexington Kentucky. Their claim to fame was Red Bird Peppermint Puffs. Following this came Claus Doscher in 1891. He ventured to France, tried the taffy, then came back to America and offers up French Chews.

And the confection list continues! Quaker City Confectionery Company brought us Good & Plenty candy in 1893. They are the oldest branded retro candy still being sold today. Wow! And of course, we can’t forget Mr. Milton Hershey. He moseyed over to the World’s Columbian Exposition, watched chocolate being made, and thought, hey, I can do that! It wasn’t until 1894 that he came up with the first American candy bar. What he’s best known for, however, wasn’t invented until 1895. The Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar.

Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit and Spearmint chewing gum also came out of the 1890s along with Thomas Richardson’s pastel mints and Leo Hirsch Field’s Tootsie Rolls.

What’s your favorite old-time candy? Is there one you haven’t seen for a long while and wish they’d bring it back?

Updated: January 27, 2020 — 2:43 pm

We Have a Winner for Karen Kay’s LAKOTA SURRENDER

Howdy!

For some reason this post “missed” its schedule on Wednesday evening.  Huh!  First time that’s ever happened, and so I wanted to take a moment and repost this and hope, hope, hope that it posts.  First, before I announce the winner, I want to take this time to thank each and everyone of you for coming to the blog and for leaving a message.  I really enjoyed talking to you all yesterday.

A drawing was done and the winner of the book, LAKOTA SURRENDER, either in paperback or e-book (your choice) is: 

TERESA F.

Congratulations, Teresa.  Please do contact me at karenkay(dot)author(at)startmail(dot)com and let me know if you’d like a print book or the e-book.  Hope to talk to you all again soon!

Updated: January 17, 2020 — 9:29 pm

Crazy Horse, Who was he? Do we really have photographs of him?

Howdy!

It seems like forever since I’ve blogged, and I’m really happy to talk to you today.  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and, before I get into the topic today, let me wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.

Soon…hopefully by February 10, 2020, my newest novel will be released, THE EAGLE AND THE FLAME.  It is currently in its last stages of editing.  But finishing off a novel means that a new story emerges, and so I’ve had my attention caught up in research, as usual.  One of the research projects that I’ve been caught up in is regarding Crazy Horse, and I thought I’d share a little bit of the information with you.

Crazy Horse was the Lakota Warrior who was prominent in defeating the cavalry at The Little Bighorn.  Although he steadfastly refused to be photographed, his image, nonetheless is carved in stone in the Black Hills.  To the left here is a photograph of that statue which one can readily see if he or she travels into the Black Hills.  I’m not certain if the entire statue is finished yet.

Because Crazy Horse’s life has so many twists and turns, it might well be the subject of a few blogs from me.  But today, I thought I’d do no more than talk about the images of this brave man, who died at such a young age in defense of his people.  I’m going to be quoting here a little bit from an article, Descendants of  Lakota Warrior Crazy Horse Aim to Set the Record Straight.   https://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/4445100-descendants-lakota-warrior-crazy-horse-aim-set-record-straight  — this article is written by Patrick Springer of The Daily Republic.

There are a few “photographs” of Crazy Horse that find their way onto the internet.  This drawing to the right is a sketch of Crazy Horse that was recently released by his descendants.  According to Wikipedia, this is  “[a] 1934 sketch of Crazy Horse made by a Mormon missionary after interviewing Crazy Horse’s sister, who claimed the depiction was accurate.”

To the the left here is a closer look of the sculpture in the Black Hills.  Let me now quote directly from the article by Patrick Springer regarding the images used for this sculpture:

“…three Lakota men who were descendants of Crazy Horse and a fourth descendant who allowed his photograph to be used in a composite sketch that became a template for the stone monument.”

The article referenced here notes that the Clown family are descendants of Crazy Horse, but that they were cautioned against coming forward with their information due to fear of retaliation.  But they are now coming forward with their story of Crazy Horse, as passed down through oral history.

This picture to the right can be found on the internet and is supposedly one of Crazy Horse, Tashunke Witko.  While it cannot be said that this isn’t a photograph of him, it is highly unlikely for the following reasons: 1) Crazy Horse refused to have his photograph taken; 2) This likeness is taken at a time when Crazy Horse was not close to any of the white settlements or forts.  He kept to himself and did not go to or seek out the forts or settlements of the incoming peoples.  3)  This is an elegant setting and it would be highly unlikely that Crazy Horse would allow this. 4)  Crazy Horse was a very private man and did not seek fancy clothing or fancy settings.  He was said to be shy, and, although he could have told many stories of his heroism as was his right, he declined to do so.

I believe that this picture to the left is of Little Big Man.  It is odd that his picture might surface as being Crazy Horse, since he is the Lakota man who held Crazy Horse back from escaping when he was being taken to prison.  Crazy Horse was a friend of Little Big Man, and Crazy Horse is quoted as saying, “Let me go, my friends.  You have hurt me enough.”

And now, before I end this blog, I want to post a few pictures of some Native men who have been honored to play Crazy Horse in film.

Off to the right here is Michael Greyeyes.  I remember enjoying this made for TV series some time in the 1990’s  I believe it came out in 1996.

A little further to the left here is Rodney Grant who also portrayed Crazy Horse in a made for TV mini series in the 1990’s, which I also enjoyed.

This next picture to the left here is of a young man whose name I do not know.  However, I believe that he might be the newest actor to portray Crazy Horse.

Well, that’s all for now.  Did you enjoy the blog?  Did you learn anything about Crazy Horse and his photographs that you might not have known before?

Come on in and leave a message.  Oh, before I forget, I am offering a gift to one of the bloggers today.  I have a 25th year Anniversary Book of my first title, LAKOTA SURRENDER.  I’ll be gifting that book today, either in paperback or as an e-book, winner’s choice.  To the left here is an image of the cover for LAKOTA SURRENDER.

https://www.amazon.com/Lakota-Surrender-Warrior-Book-ebook/dp/B07ZW9FSLG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=ZXBLK71INQ91&keywords=lakota+surrender+by+karen+kay&qid=1578849950&sprefix=lakota+surrender%2Caps%2C152&sr=8-1%3C%2Fp%3E&tag=pettpist-20

 

 

 

 

Updated: January 14, 2020 — 9:46 am

Julie Benson’s Winner

Thank you to everyone who shared such wonderful advice today, and I appreciated all the good wishes for my release day! Now to the what you want to know…the winders!

The winner of the Chakra bracelet from Maxine’s Uptown Boutique and ebook copy of To Tame A Texas Cowboy is:

Trudy C

The winner of the Goldstone bracelet from Maxine’s Uptown Boutique and ebook copy of To Tame A Texas Cowboy is:

April

Congratulations, Trudy and April. Look for an email from me on how to claim your prize.

Again, thanks to everyone who stopped by the corral to share your favorite advice. May your 2020 be filled with endless blessings.  

                                      Julie

Updated: January 8, 2020 — 9:24 pm

My Favorite Christmas Ornament

Wooden sign and bird in snow

There was a time when I seemed to have more time on my hands and a crafty inclination.

These four Christmas stockings came out of that time.

As you might guess some of the children were considerably OLDER Than the others when their stocking was finally done.

I used to crochet and knit and embroider.

These stockings are crewel work and I always feel like they are artwork. I love them.

And they are carefully packed away every year after Christmas. Finding them and hanging each stocking by the…well, Christmas tree…with care…is my favorite part of Christmas

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year with…shall we say 2020 vision

I hope your Christmas was merry and bright. God bless you all in the New Year.

http://www.maryconnealy.com 

Updated: December 24, 2019 — 12:44 am

Jingle Jangle Spurs – Cinnamon Rolls

I hope you had an amazing, beautiful, memorable, sweet Christmas! 

Are you out hitting the after-Christmas sales today? Or maybe taking it easy, lingering over a leftover piece of pie and cup of spicy tea? 

I’ve been thinking about these days that fall between Christmas and New Years. They were always such fun during my growing up years (and not just because I didn’t have to go to school!). 
Both of my parents came from good-sized families and we were often the house that hosted one side or the other for Christmas Day.
Often, relatives who didn’t come for that year’s Christmas dinner would trickle in over the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day, bringing fun surprises and joining in our outdoor fun of sledding or ice skating.

In particular, I remember a year when we hosted my mom’s side of the family for Christmas but all of Dad’s family came on New Year’s Day bringing a bounty of delicious treats and filling the house with laughter. My mom made a huge pot of chili and batches of gooey cinnamon rolls that were quickly devoured.
However you spend these last days of 2019, saying goodbye to the year and preparing to welcome in a new one, I hope they bring you great joy and a bounty of hope, grace, and love! 

Cinnamon Rolls

Dough

2 cups milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup sugar

1 package active dry yeast

4 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/3 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tbsp. salt

Filling

1 cup melted butter

¼ cup cinnamon

1 cup sugar

Icing

4 cups powdered sugar

¼ cup milk

3 tbsp. melted butter

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Scald the milk, oil and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat (bring heat to nearly a boil, but don’t let it boil!). Set aside and cool to lukewarm (think temperature of a baby’s bottle). Sprinkle yeast on top of milk and let rest for one minute.

Add four cups of the flour and stir until just combined. It is going to be sticky. Cover with a tea towel and set in a warm place for an hour.

Remove the towel and add baking powder, baking soda, salt and final 1/2 cup of flour. Stir to combine.

On a floured surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle, somewhere in the proximity of 10 inches by 30 inches.

Pour melted butter over dough. Use your fingers or a knife to spread evenly. Sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar. You can also mix cinnamon and sugar into the butter before pouring over dough. Either way works fine.

Beginning at the long end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly toward you. Use both hands and work slowly, keeping the roll nice and tight. Some filling may ooze out and that is OK (and give you something to snitch later.)

When you have the roll finished, pinch the outside edge of the roll to create a seam. You should now have a long log. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 1 1/2 inch slices. You should get about 25 rolls.

Spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray and place rolls in the pan. I like to use smaller pans and freeze them. If you want to give cinnamon rolls as a holiday gift, put them in disposable aluminum pans, then they are ready for gift giving!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover the pans with a tea towel and set aside for about 20 minutes. Remove towel and bake for about 15 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Do not overcook! While the rolls are baking, whip up the icing.

Mix the powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese, milk and vanilla in a bowl. Icing should be thick but pourable.

When the rolls come out of the oven, pour on the icing. Make sure you cover every last bit of roll. This step is vitally important for the overall happiness of your taste buds.

Put one on a plate, take a deep breath inhaling that decadent cinnamon aroma, and enjoy!


Today is the release day for the third book in my Gifts of Christmas series. If you’re looking for something new to read, I hope you’ll take a look at this sweet historical romance that can stand alone.

Gift of Faith

When their faith is tested

Will Christmas bring a miracle?

Handsome and engaging, Marc Rawlings could have his choice of girls, but he only has eyes for gentle Amy Madsen. Ready to begin a future with her, he instead asks her to wait for him while he heads off to war. Bound by his duty to his country, Marc leaves his heart with her, counting on the day they’ll be reunited.

Amy Madsen spends her days working in her family’s bakery and her nights gazing up at the sky, hoping her fiancé knows she’s thinking of him. When tragic news arrives, Amy refuses to believe it, clinging to her promises to Marc and her faith that he’ll return to her.

It will take a miracle and a unique gift of faith to bring a happy holiday during a wartime Christmas in 1942.

Gift of Faith is the third book in the Gifts of Christmas series, a collection of heartwarming, wholesome historical romances, featuring precious gifts given straight from the heart.

~*~

Happy Holidays!

From Our Home to Yours, A Very Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Howdy & a Very Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

It’s a busy time of year, isn’t it?  What with one thing and another it has been really tough to get a picture of all of us together, but we have some good attempts, and so I thought I’d share some of our holiday spirit with you.

 

To the left here is a picture of the annual tree hunting and cutting.  I’m not in the picture.  Instead, I’m taking it.  My two daughters, my husband and my grandchildren are in the picture.  As a note, I can’t be around when they actually cut down the tree.  Oddly, I am certain that I can hear the pain and the “shouts” of the tree.  So usually the grandchildren and I go and get hot chocolate and let the others get the tree.  You know, my husband and I now only have a potted Christmas tree — for the same reason.  So, tell me, are you sensitive to the emotions of the tree, also?

Next, I thought I’d share some holiday treasures this year.  The first is of my grandson and my daughter in the background for the traditional choral concert. 

 

My grandson is in the front, sandwiched between two girls, and my daughter is in the back, dark hair and glasses (which she only needs to wear to read).  To the left now is a closer look at my grandson in the choir.

Such a beautiful concert.  But, I gotta tell you, eventually we had to step into the back because where we were originally seated, someone was wearing so much perfume, it was all we could smell.  This kind of perfume can really have an adverse effect on me.  Are any of you like that also?  I have to get out of the way of that kind of perfume, or a bad headache is usually in store for me.

This next picture is of my granddaughter in the Nutcracker. She is the one in the red “clown” suit and farthest on the left.  She had five different parts in the Nutcracker this year.  One of them entailed a series of cartwheels to the splits over and over, probably 5-6 times.  Wow!  I was impressed.  So, tell me, do you go to the Nutcracker each year?  I must admit that I added this event treasure to our annual Christmas festivities when my own children were young.  The music, the dancing and the thrill of seeing this live almost always started our holiday season.

This next picture is of me with my step granddaughter.  As a note, when she was younger and found out that I write books, she wanted me to gift a book to her teacher, who loves to read.  I did do this, and even met her teacher.  The long and short of this is that her teacher then started to write her own stories.  Gotta tell you, this was so heartwarming to me.  I love this picture because to me, I can see the love that we share for one another.

 

Here is a picture of me with one of my daughters at the Nutcracker.  Note my grandson in the foreground.

And, to the left here we have a picture of mom and son (my daughter and grandson) — also taken at the Nutcracker.

But let’s not end without a little carolling.  Here to the right is a picture of both my granddaughter and grandson carolling at a local senior’s home.  My granddaughter is closest to us behind the white pole.  She has beautiful, long hair, and is in front of the lady with short hair and songbook.

DSCN1721 — I’ve never done this before, but maybe, just maybe, you can see a video of the carolling.  If it doesn’t pull up, let me at least introduce the song they are singing, which is HOT CHOCOLATE from the movie, THE POLAR EXPRESS.

Well, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  May your holiday be bright and filled with love and all good things.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Updated: December 18, 2019 — 11:00 am

Everybody Loves a Western!

 

Welcome to Day Three of Jingle, Jangle, Spurs! Before I wrote my first western romance, I wrote science fiction/fantasy time travel and still do under another pen name. What most folks don’t know, however, is that I also wrote a teleplay. And guess what, it was a western!

I had my first western book idea years back and started the book for fun, when lo and behold, I got approached by a very small production company that had joined with a western re-enactment group. These guys wanted a fun story they could shoot a tech reel for, (tech reels are to see what it might look like and how something flows on film) before they got serious about trying their hand at turning it into a major project. So I went to work and the tech reel was shot between Thanksgiving and Christmas. What an education that was! Not to mention a lot of fun. It was shot in Northern California and we all had a blast. I’ve never had a holiday season quite like it. It was definitely a combination of Jingles, Jangles, and Spurs. Lots of spurs, as the re-enactors acting as the bulk of the characters, were in full costume. The pictures are some I took while on the set. Yes, I got to be there!

These guys took their westerns seriously and I found out how much when they took me along to some western events in Los Angeles a few times. Some were friends with old-time actor favorites such as cast members from Little House on the Prairie, Gun Smoke (I got to meet Amanda Blake who played Miss Kitty) and Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman. One gentleman knew a few stuntmen (Steve McQueen’s for one) and I got to meet and hang out with Jack Elam and also James Best (Dukes of Hazard). Those were such fun times but also a lot of work. They didn’t pursue the project due to various circumstances, so I still have my rights to that story. One of these days I’ll get around to finishing the book for fun. But I wouldn’t trade those weeks for anything. I met a lot of great folks back then and had the best holiday season ever. And, got to hang out with folks who were western enthusiasts through and through, both professional actors and re-enactors alike.

 I have to say, my biggest thrill was meeting the wonderful Jack Elam, who shook my hand and thanked me for being a writer. “Without you, we’re nothing,” he said. “it’s an honor to meet you!” As a kid, I grew up watching this actor in Disney movies and various westerns. And yes, he DID look like that! And he also had a wonderful smile. I have pictures I took of him but I’m at my son’s for Christmas and don’t have access to them here. I had to post one of good ol’ Jack though, for those that don’t recognize the name but definitely will the face.

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and get to read a lot of Christmas stories that take place in the old west! Speaking of which, what old-time actors from your favorite western shows or movies would you like to meet and spend time with around the holidays? 

Updated: December 17, 2019 — 6:59 pm

Ho Ho HO

Connealy Scalloped Corn

A Christmas Staple at the Connealy household

 

This is my kids’ absolute favorite

It’s more really fantastic macaroni and cheese than scalloped corn but whatever it is, it’s a Connealy Family Reunion staple.

 

1 can whole corn-drained

 

1 can creamed corn 

1 c. small macaroni-the kind isn’t important

 

1 cup butter cut up

1 cup Velveeta cubed

 

Dump in greased casserole dish

Stir

Bake 30 minutes-stir

Bake 30 more minutes

 

And a Christmas Memory

 

When my kids were growing up I was always really frugal at Christmas (okay call it cheap…BE THAT WAY!!!)

 

My Cowboy worked so hard! And I was a stay at home mom and I always tried to treat his hard work with respect…which extended to spending the money.

 

So inevitably I’d set a budget…maybe $25 dollars a kid…and shop sales and start early…work really hard to get them something nice without busting the budget.

 

And then very close to the big day I’d talk it all through with My Cowboy, what I’d gotten and if I needed to get them anything more, and he’d say, “Let’s get them all (fill in the blank…something big and fun and exciting).”

And we’d often go shopping together.

 

I remember the year, at the last minute, we went and bought them all sleds. All of a sudden my tidy Christmas plans were pretty extravagant and I had his blessing for that. And I could see he was having fun. And we could afford it, I was just hesitant to spend big.

 

An interesting fact about me and my cowboy. Our parents were ten years apart in age. I was one of the first of my parents eight children, third, and he was sixth of his parents seven children. 

 

His parents were like…wildly tight-fisted with money. My parents were pretty careless with it. But they both started out with NOTHING.

I mean seriously poor. And they both worked hard and bought farmland…hard to pay for…and ended up fairly rich (No money but valuable holdings).

 

My parents careless generosity meant little because they had nothing. So I grew up in a very poor household…eight kids in a three bedroom farmhouse. 

 

By the time my little brothers and sisters could remember there started to be some money but when I was growing up…nothing. I mean NOTHING. I remember coming upon my mom once crying…my mom was a ROCK I’m telling you. She did NOT cry…so this was shocking.

And I asked her what was wrong…I was scared to death…still pretty young. And she said, she wanted to write a letter to her mom…who lived about 90 minutes away but we rarely went to see them…gas cost money!

She wanted to write a letter to her mom but she couldn’t afford a stamp. 

A ten cent stamp.

 

I’ve always remembered that as a shocking example of just how absolutely poor my family was. An my folks didn’t burden us with worries about money which made this moment all the more shocking to me.

 

And his parents, by the time he came along were very well-to-do…in the context that they were always cheap. 

 

So we came into our marriage with very different attitudes about money. I just always knew that, by comparison to how I grew up, we were pretty well-off. He always felt poor.

 

I smile when I think of how he remembers our early years of marriage. Very desperate times to his way to his way of thinking. To me…I couldn’t believe we actually had some money in the bank!!! I felt rich but was so used to worrying about money I was careful not to spend much. He felt poor and was so used to his parents parsimony that he was careful not to spend much.

 

It worked because big picture, we agreed to be cheap…but for really different reasons.

 

That made his generosity with the kids at Christmas very special. And I still remember him ‘coming through’ with big gift ideas that I’d have never dared plan on. The sled year was a great example.

 

Updated: December 12, 2019 — 8:47 am

A QUOTABLE CHRISTMAS by Cheryl Pierson

Hi everyone! Christmas always brings back wonderful memories of home and family, doesn’t it? One of the things I remember so well about my dad was how he could remember and call forth the perfect quote for just about anything and everything.   He always made Christmas a very special time of year around our house and was a true practical joker. He was a super-intelligent man with an IQ off the scale (I didn’t get that from him, sadly<G>) and as an adult, I understand why he was able to remember so many things and be able to say them at just the right time–as a child, it was a mystical thing. One of the things I’ve come to appreciate with adulthood is how hard my dad worked to provide for us. He loved to read and was an eloquent writer–I think if he could have made a living at it, he’d have given it a try himself. Thinking about him and his love for quotes prompted me to go in search of some heartwarming Christmas quotes.

I found some great quotes, published in ABOUT.COM, and wanted to share them with you.  Here’s a picture of my dear mom, El Wanda, and my dad, Fred,  when they were young newlyweds, back in 1944. Christmas is always an especially poignant time for me since my dad passed on December 23, 2007, and Mama followed him to heaven only 3 weeks later, on January 12, 2008.  I love Christmas because they both loved it so much. Raised during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl days, the Depression, and being so very poor, they made sure that Christmas was a “feeling” and a special time for family, friends, and abounding love at our house. 

There were so many of these–I just picked a few, but they are all great!

Edna Ferber, Roast Beef Medium Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.
Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.
Lenora Mattingly Weber, Extension Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.
Louisa May Alcott The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.
Charles N. Barnard The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round… as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.
W. J. Tucker, Pulpit Preaching For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.
Mary Ellen Chase Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.
Dr. Seuss And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?
G. K. Chesterton When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time.  Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
Dale Evans Christmas, my child, is love in action.


Andy Rooney One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.
Hugh Downs Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.
Freya Stark Christmas is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.
Marjorie Holmes At Christmas, all roads lead home.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and that many of these quotes make your heart glad this Christmas season! Thanks so much for being a regular part of our lives here at Petticoats and Pistols! Do you have any special Christmas quotes or poems you love? PLEASE SHARE!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT!