Grandpa Aberquacky’s Timeliest Invention

Grandma Aberquacky was a little concerned as she watched the leaves change colors and begin to fall off the trees this one extremely particular year in Duck Creek. It was time to be shutting up the house and workshop, and getting things tightened down against another brrrrry, northern winter. Year after wintery year it had […]

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If you want to be happy, give something away

I found this poem while going through a Christmas book that was given to my mother by one of her friends.  I quite liked its message and thought I would like to pass it along. Old Gentleman Gray … Author Unknown Said Old Gentleman Gray, “On Christmas Day, if you want to be happy give […]

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The Joy of Christmas Programs Past

I was feeling kind of bad that I hadn’t finished my Christmas Pasts … I mean there are so many good memories: School Christmas programs the kids were in all through the years:  I don’t want to get too particular (because they were all unique and special no matter how many we went to) but […]


Memories six, seven, & eight …

  Due to the fact that I am sick with bronchitis we will be combining memories 6, 7, and 8.    This picture is taken in either 1980 or 1981. Memory 6: See that little elf sitting just under the bells that are hanging on the wall?   His name is Ichabod and he has been in […]


The Fifth Memory of Christmas

Today’s memory is brought to you via our Christmas Letter from 1977.  Just so you know …  We have five children, our youngest being born May 5, 1977, and our oldest turning 9 on December 9, 1977.     “Twas the week before Christmas, and all through our house Not one person was pleasant, not even our […]


The 4th Memory of Christmas, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

     Beautiful music stirs my arms to goose bumps. Maybe that’s why I always feel cold. One of the most challenging things I’ve done with my musical talent is participating in an organ/piano duet from Handel’s “Messiah” while Dad directed the Draper 4th Ward choir. Dad committed mother and I to do it long before […]


The fourth, no … third Memory of Christmas

Christmas Eve and (Almost) Five Years Old Edna Well, let’s see now…      When little Edna was (almost) five years old she was such a true believer in Santa Clause that it was inconceivable that there could be any doubt he existed.    By then, of course, she could remember what had happened the year before […]


Meet our turkey, Jon Pierre 1978/1979

Disclaimer to the Hancey’s and Henke children:  The memories are true and you will remember them all, but think of them as bits and snatches that have been floating around for almost 25 years.  I grabbed them one at a time and formed them into one big ball for the this story.   Please, please please, […]


The First Day of Christmas Memories

            “YES, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUSE”  Little Teddy with the permed, very, very curly hair and the smile that showcased her two missing front teeth, had some difficult decisions to make the year she turned eight.    And for an eight year old, it felt like it was pretty heavy.    It was mostly about Santa […]


Chapter One, The Contract

Midnight Reminiscing …      Oh I love the quiet of the night, when it’s just me and the Christmas lights.   I often find my mind taking me back to Christmas’s Past and the golden memories of happy times spent with friends and family; particularly to our own little flock of five.   I like to close […]

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