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I hope everyone will truly have a wonderful and Merry Christmas this year!  I also hope that you all take some time and read the Letters to Santa Claus and enjoy the ads from our advertisisers in our special Christmas Edition.

This year, our office cheerleader – Hope Garza – had the idea of using a favorite photo of us – current, past, Christmas or whatever we wished.

I went searching for the photo of me with my purple bicycle with the banana seat and tall handlebars. I think I had on a skirt with a fuzzy warm jacket and my beagle Pooh was also in the photo. (OK… his real name was PooPoo, but that’s another story.)

I didn’t find that one but I found so many others of Christmas Eves at my Nana and Papa’s.

The photo I chose was of me sitting with my cousin Amy and we are looking at a Polaroid photo developing before our eyes. In the background is my Nana Brown. It was 1976 according to the notes written on it and I remember my dad getting the Polaroid Land Camera that year.

There were photos of us singing along to my cousin Vernon playing the guitar and of my Nana’s sisters, Agnes and Maudie gathering around the kitchen table – I’m certain they were doctoring up the eggnog! Oh, and then there were Aunt Maudies’s sugar cookies! She would enter the room with a huge box she repurposed from Joske’s and it was filled with shiny, colorful deliciousness. I almost have her recipe down. Almost.

I saw my “little” cousins Barry and Amy seated on the floor in many of the photos and then there was the table of men – my Dad, Uncle Bill, Papa, Vernon and Bobby. I can still hear my dad yell to whomever was calling the Bingo numbers to “shake ‘em up good!”

The highlight of our evening would be the White Elephant exchange. We drew names for real gifts, but for fun we brought useless/used/new/gag gifts. It was always a hoot, especially the year my dad had a framed copy of a  speeding ticket my then 80+ year-old Nana received traveling to visit Aunt Maudie in Floresville.

The way I see it, looking through these photos has inspired me to scan and digitize these gems to share with my family – especially my cousins who remember those special times at our grandparents. I swear some of these could be used on comical greeting cards!

Here’s to you all in remembering Christmases past and making new memories  and traditions in Christmases future.

SUE BROWN  is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

My Nana Brown, cousin Amy and me at Christmas Eve, 1976.

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