January 07, 2009 The big Holiday rush is over and now to reflect on the warm, wonderful happenings. The gingerbread men, Christmas cut-outs and Mexican Tea Cakes were made in advance and stored away. I don't frost the gingerbread men and cut-outs until they are ready to be served.
I sort of have to divide myself up during the Holidays so Thanksgiving was spent with Lee and family in Mayville and Christmas between Carol and Alan. Christmas Eve was great-grandson Jager Land's Sunday School Program at the West Goodland Church north of Imlay City. He was number II, "The Two Testaments" done to the music of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The big surprise was hav- ing grandson Curt Willing walk in while we were having dinner at Alan and Pauline's. His wife, Susan, was spending Christmas with her parents in upstate New York. We are anxiously awaiting their baby girl in April.
When the Three Cs, granddaughters Crissy Willing Lampton, Carlee Brooks Land and Corie Brooks Covino were little, they always spent a night dur- ing Christmas vacation with their Grandpa and Grandma Brooks in what was once Lee and Alan's bedroom upstairs. It had twin beds and I would put the folding cot between the beds for little Corie and they would be tucked in.
Where has the time gone? I blinked my eyes and now the Three Cs have families of their own. I sent them invitations to come to Grandma's home for a Tea Party during Christmas vacation. They could set the day convenient for them. They chose New Year's Day. What a great way to start the new year. The table was set with Carol's demitasse cups, snowman plates and napkins and a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer balloon hovered above them from the center of the table. Their names were put in a bowl and Taylor Lampton's name was drawn to take Rudolph home.
Carol was present and took the enclosed picture. From left to right: Crissy, Carlee holding little Tanner, Crissy's daughters Jordan and Taylor, Great-Grandma Brooks, Corie holding Carlee's Jager and Corie's daughter Ashta.