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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #2 – Winter Memories

Week #2 – Winter Memories

Week 2: Winter.  What was winter like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

I grew up and still live in Northwest Arkansas.  Winters here vary from very mild weather in the 40s and 50s to cold with several degrees below zero with lots of snow.  Most years there is a mix of both.  We have a saying in Arkansas that

if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it will change! 

Most winters would get at least some snow.  If we were lucky that would mean a SNOW DAY from school.  We would get to stay home from school and go outside and play in the snow.  If the snow was deep enough, we would build a snowman and have snowball fights!  Also, we would get to have that rare treat:  Snow Ice Cream!  We could never eat snow ice cream from the first snow though.  Mom was convinced that it was dirty so we would have to wait until the second snow of the season.

Winter was also a time for making homemade chili and soups on those cold winter evenings and having hot chocolate after school.  Sometimes when we were little Mom would make homemade hot chocolate with boiled milk and chocolate powder but even the little packets that you add hot water tastes great when you come in from the cold!

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #1 – New Year’s Memories

Week 1: Did your family have any New Year’s traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day?!

This challenge runs from Saturday, January 1, 2011 through Friday, January 7, 2011.

We didn’t have a lot of New Year’s traditions when I was growing up.  I do remember watching the Dick Clark New Year’s Eve Celebrations most years and I usually watched the Rose Bowl Parade on TV on New Year’s Day but nothing really special is associated in my memory as New Year’s Traditions in our family.

As I grew older, I would usually make New Year’s resolutions.  These usually included my perpetual desire to become more organized and usually started with me visiting one of my favorite places:  The OFFICE SUPPLY STORE to buy more organizational gadgets!  In fact, this particular resolution is on my list for this year again but I have already gotten my new phone and I have a Remember the Milk account so I am trying that for my organizational plan for this year – Along with a couple of notebooks and other SUPPLIES I have gotten over the past few weeks to help me be ORGANIZED!!

The traditions in my family are changing from year to year as our family grows.  In the last decade, my family has grown to include my brother and sister in-laws and my niece and four nephews.  As they have grown and begin to become more evolved as individual people instead of just a child the traditions are evolving to keep up with them!

This year for the first time, I had a New Year’s Eve Party!  The party was me and my niece and four nephews.  My niece is 14 (almost 15) and my youngest nephew is 4.  We had a great time!  I had them all come over and bought a good supply of junk food (all the chips muffins candy and cake they could eat) and then I got pizza (their favorite kinds) and breadsticks for dinner!  I had some new board games and the WII at the ready and they played games and enjoyed being with each for most of the night!!  As the two middle boys tell it they stayed up all night!  There were only a couple of threats of bodily injury among them and a few fights over turns on the games but overall it was a great evening for me.  I love them and hope that they remember this as the start of a family tradition for them for years to come!    I didn’t last all night but I did make it to midnight with them and got to wish them all a HAPPY NEW YEAR at midnight!  What a great start to the new year!