Tag Archives: Christmas

Christmas in War Time

This was originally posted in 2015, but as many American men and women remain in war zones, I offer it again as I do each year at this time. Christmas is such a family time, its easy to forget that … Continue reading

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Special Gifts

Did you ever get a really special Christmas ornament? Now this can be a good or bad question. For example, when our children were small they often made “special” ornaments in school. Like most parents we displayed them on the … Continue reading

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Christmas Cards

The Christmas cards have been coming in very slowly this year. That may be for many reasons: email **, cost of postage, the fact that many of our relatives are no longer with us, or it could mean something else. … Continue reading

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A Norvell Family Christmas Vacation – or the holidays from h…

Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together.” In 1989 my mother came to visit with us for 6 weeks (that’s 42 … Continue reading

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Christmas in Alaska

When the Vietnam War ended, we found ourselves in the early 1970s living in Alaska. There I flew interceptor missions of Russian aircraft off the coast of America. The Russians routinely tested American responses, and I assume that somewhere off … Continue reading

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Christmas – the American Way

My great grandmother Mary Dean Redfield Norvell’s family came from New England whereas her husband Colonel Freeman Norvell’s family were from Virginia.  As such, when you have ancestors from both the north and south,  you are often curious how they celebrated major holidays … Continue reading

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