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There was no grandma I knew or know that was too happy with the Christmas song that was released in the late ’70s: ‘Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer.’ In fact, my mam’maw Kennedy despised the song, so much so she would leave the room when it came on! It was common for her to have music playing over the speakers at her house all year, and especially during the holidays. She loved Christmas music, but when the above mentioned song came on she would roll her eyes and leave. Whoah be unto us grandchildren, if we started singing it to her, and we did. We would run after her singing the song, she would laugh because she had a fabulous sense of humor. Oh how I wish I could sing that song to her now. I miss her everyday and even more so during the holidays. I can see her now, giving me that look when the song came on, but lest we forget, she drove me crazy playing the Alvin and Chipmunks Christmas Song over and over. The Chipmunks song and Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer make me smile every time I hear them, and I hear them often during the holidays because they always are a part any Christmas playlist I create.
Here is my 2016 Christmas Tree Decorating Playlist:
It is truly unbelievable that the end of 2015 is almost here. My mam’maw used to say that “Time passes so quickly the older you get”. I never wanted to believe it, but she was right. I have struggled this year to get into the Christmas spirit, I guess it is because it arrived so quickly. So I decided to volunteer to host the Whacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour.
This is a fundraiser for Fresh Air Family. The money raised from this event is used to send children to their “Gross Out Camp” which is a math and science camp held during the summer. Anyone who knows me, knows that I like to give back to the sommunity. When I was asked to be a bus host for the tour, I didn’t hesitate. The event started at the Avondale Brewery. We met to there for dinner and then boarded our bus to begin our tour through Birmingham, Homewood and Crestline. Volunteers were to wear the whackiest, tackiest Christmas attire that we could find. So not to disappoint I wore my merriest Christmas sweater with my Santa leggings.
I was in charge of reading the script on the bus to point the various sites. It was fun and at times I had to ad lib. One particular part of the tour the bus driver made a wrong turn and we somehow managed to get through a tight narrow road without damaging the bus or the parked cars. I had to divert the passengers attention so I really had to think on the spot and explain some of the unexpected sites. We saw some of the most decorated homes in the Birmingham area. We took a break in Crestline at the La Paz restaurant.
As the passengers were leaving the bus and heading over to the restaurant was where I found the reason I was meant to volunteer for the event. One of the riders on the bus was having difficulty dealing with a personal issue and needed someone to listen. It only took a moment in the scheme of things. Even though this person was a stranger I opened my heart and listened. Standing in the cold parking lot the spirit of Christmas came over me as I listened. This stranger only needed to be heard and validated and I was there.