Posts Tagged With: Christmas

Season’s Greetings

All my life, my Mom made our Christmas presents. She also thought of awesome projects to do together to make gifts for friends and my students. Starting in October, she and I would sit a couple of afternoons each week at her big kitchen table and construct wooden angels, kachinas, “space bugs” made from devil’s claws, plaques with horse sayings on them, and much more. Each year she thought of something different and that time together was filled with love and joy.


photo by Katharine Lark Chrisley, “New Mexico snow”

Now, she isn’t able to do the crafts anymore. She is healthy and happy, living in her own little home in my “back yard”, but she isn’t seeing or moving as well as she used to. But she is still full of love. She taught us how to love. I think that has been her greatest gift to us. With the ability to love comes patience, compassion, strength and courage. Love makes us real. Love keeps us safe.

This season, I want to take the time to love her back and remind her of the joy she created for us all. Do you have someone who needs to know what they mean to you? Tell them. Love matters.

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Big Hunk

I was reminded today of a Christmas Toy Run by bikers back in the 1990’s that I used to ride in. There would be a procession through the city and a Bar B Q after with a lot of toys collected for children who might not have any other gifts. I even wrote an article about our local event for New Mexico Magazine. The article was, “These Santas Wear Black Leather”.

One year I will never forget had contests for participants. These were family gatherings so I was very curious about the “Big Hunk” contest for the men. A large group of assorted ages and sizes of men gathered on the stage, as unsure of the details as the rest of us were.

Then Big Hunk candy bars were handed out, one per contestant. Now, these are large bars of very stiff, sticky nougat with a few nuts inside. The winner would be the first to finish his Big Hunk candy bar. Get ready, set, GO – it began and by the end, several teeth had been lost. It still makes me laugh when I think about it 🙂

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