Christmas Music

Jingle Bells and Family

collage of thanksgiving photos

Thanksgiving at the Blind Pig house was especially nice this year. Both nephews and their families were able to make it. For the first time in a good long while we were all together-every last one of us.

Having such a good day of food, family, and fellowship really started my holiday season off to a great start. I so enjoyed the day and I believe every one else did too.

As we set around laughing and talking after we’d eaten I couldn’t help but think Pap would be so pleased that we were all together-happy and well!

I was also reminded of the past holidays when it was a given that we’d all be together, back in the days when the kids were all still young and single.

Here’a video from 2014. We’d all invaded Paul’s house for some pickin’ and grinnin’ after the big meal.

I hope you enjoyed the video!


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    Jeanette Queen
    December 12, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Loved Jingle Bells ! Always wonderful to have music in the house at anytime of year, but especially Christmas. !

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    December 10, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Anytime you can gather family together to sit, relax, visit, play games, make music is a wonderful time.

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    December 9, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I’m so glad you got to have everyone over for Thanksgiving, Tipper – what a wonderful thing to have a family that enjoys being together 🙂

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    Ed Ammons
    December 8, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Granny looks a little puny in the picture. A little lost. She sorta reminds me of me. Is she doing OK?

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      December 9, 2019 at 6:50 am

      Ed-she’s had a rough go of it since falling and breaking her arm. But Granny’s hanging in there!

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    December 8, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Tipper so glad your Thanksgiving was so great. I sure missing being at home in the mountains. Truman and I had his sister and a neighbor for a. Very good Thanksgiving dinner if I did cool it. I was counting on being home for Christmas but doctors appointments has blocked this. So we will make a float with neighbors and have a neighborhood dinner at the community bld. With request for me to make chicken and dumpling from our little Marty neighbor. So Texas is in our Christmas and with thanks we are still able to make those good dumplings and give praise to our Father who is in Heaven. Tell all Blind Pig followers Merry Christmas.

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    Ken Roper
    December 8, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I’m glad you all had a good Thanksgiving and the song “Jingel Bells” was Beautiful. I remember just before Christmastime, Mama’s two brothers, John and Wade and their wives playing “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.” They used our Piano to do the Music, and Pearly could really play that thang. She would hit keys that I didn’t know existed. They sounded like the Chuck Wagon Gang and Hazel could sing Alto the best I’ve ever heard. They knew that was Mama’s Favorite! Oh, to go back to that time of Innocence and Purity, but I still have my Memories. …Ken

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    December 8, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    There’s nothing like having family around the holidays. Happy times and laughter . It makes so special with family. Very important.

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    Jim Casada
    December 8, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Tipper–The photos, the sense of family togetherness, and the music all magically transported me back a full 60 years an more to a time when a substantial portion of our extended family on my Dad’s side (and it was a large one) would gather at my grandparents’ home on Christmas Eve. There wasn’t any music but there was a great deal of laughter, telling of tales, good food, and exuberant spirits.

    I recall a great deal about those days–Russian tea and more types of sweets than were seen at any other time of the year, Grandpa Joe’s pure delight at getting a big box of dry twist Apple Jack chewing tobacco, an uncle and aunt who always arrived late because they had a similar gathering of her family to attend as well, the year I got chicken pox, seeded Muscat raisins in clusters (I haven’t seen those in a ‘coons age), and an aunt who would recite James Whitcomb Riley’s “Little Orphan Annie” in such a scary fashion you just knew that the goblins were about to get you then offset it with “The Night Before Christmas.”
    Like you, I realize that those are blessed memories.

    Jim Casada

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    Kenneth Ryan
    December 8, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Very nice!

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    Gayle Larson
    December 8, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Blessings to you and your family. Have a great Christmas and wonderful New Year.

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    December 8, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I’m glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. All our family was together. It’s been several years since we’ve all been together for Thanksgiving. This rendition of Jingle Bells has put some pep in my step, so now I’m going to put up my Christmas tree. The Songs of Christmas is my favorite Christmas CD and my husband likes it too.

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    December 8, 2019 at 9:30 am

    When Mom and Dad were still living, the whole family came home for Thanksgiving dinner. Regardless of where we lived, we made it through bad weather and drove as much as fourteen hours to get there. My siblings, our kids and grandkids have not been together in years. I’m glad your family could all get together and enjoy the food and the time spent laughing and talking.

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    aw griff
    December 8, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Enjoyed!! Grabbed my fiddle and tried to play along but couldn’t keep up the pace. I’ll try again later this evening. Fear at my age I’ll never make a good fiddler.

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    December 8, 2019 at 8:09 am

    What a wonderful Thanksgiving you had with all your family together! I’m sure Pap was smiling. I love Jingle Bells and especially your video of you all playing it. You just can’t beat family get-togethers.

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    Ron Stephens
    December 8, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Nice! Great way to start the day. What a lot of talent in Paul’s house that day. I’m so glad you all were able to be together again this year. Our friends blessings are our own.

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