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  •  I like having a December birthday. (1+ / 0-)
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    Starting in mid November, we started the parties....

    Grandparents' anniversary one week. Cousin's birthday next week. Thanksgiving.  Cousin's birthday. Another cousin's birthday the next week. My dad's, the 14th. Then mine, a week before Christmas Eve, and a week later, New Year's, and then four days after another cousin's birthday.

    And then a break til February.

    But we all liked parties. These were not huge; we all gathered at Grandmas and there was lots of good German-American food, including her special handmade noodles and wonderful pastries, and there were presents and a cake and singing, and then everyone went home. It was fun and no trouble to do it every weekend, because the adult women all did it as a pitch in, and we left Grandma's house clean before we went home.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Thu May 09, 2013 at 09:11:30 PM PDT

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