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December 24, 2012

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Tipper and family I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Enjoyed your blog and all the members and have learned lots of new things. Keep up your good work in the coming year.
You are blessed! Thanks,Thanks.

Peggy L.

Tipper and Family,

You and yours are a beautiful Christmas gift to the Blind Pig readers, and the best part is that you give each of us a Gift every day when we click open this unique blog...where Love is shared and Memories are stirred in all of our hearts..

May you and your loved ones have a Blessed Christmas season that is filled to over flowing with JOY enough to last the whole year through.

Thank you for putting Jesus first in this season, for He is the reason we are all celebrating,

Anne
LA

Tipper,
Hope by this time in this Christmas evening you are settling down and resting...

It is so rainy here and very gloomy. I could have used a small dose of snow. I think that would be cheering as well.

In about an hour many years ago I was spending Christmas Eve in the hospital, awaiting the arrival of our first baby. I was on a emotional hormonal roller-coaster
ride.
I was sad, glad, mad, happy, scared, brave, angry and blissful all at the same time. Nurses were singing "Jingle Bells" and feeding their faces at the nurses station, while I was screaming for pain meds..."Not yet, honey!" One would say, "It will slow you down!" Whattttt, I've been here over 18 hours and things or (it) is not moving at all..The doctor finally(one smart alect saying here comes Santy Claus)showed up from his Christmas Eve party, all cheery with eyes all sparkly, asking if I was ready to have this baby! I gave him one of my greatest, hateful and releaved looks (remember mixed emotions) while I was counting backwards. The nurses were starting a chorus of "Joy to the World" and "Here comes Santa Claus" at the nurses
station, when I began to sink into a blissful Silent Night!
Praying that help had arrived right on time...Thank you, Jesus!
"You just about had a Christmas Day baby!" she said the next morning.
It was a wonderful Christmas Day, new baby, tickled pink husband, presents all over the bed and a whole new marvelous year just around the corner.
Yep, I guess it was'nt as bad as I thought it was at the time....
Have a Merry Christmas...
Thanks Tipper,

I didn't know Mr. Whitmire, but Mrs. Whitmire was my friend. She was an encourager and a motivator. I am glad to call her my friend.

Tipper,
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your
family, as well as the entire
Blind Pig Gang. Thank You for all
the Posts that gave us something
to ponder and sometimes comment on. And Merry Christmas to all the
Blind Pig Readers who continue to
share their life's blessings...Ken

Wishing you a beautiful Christmas, Tipper! ~love jen

tipper and family... you are truly a blessing to me.. and i have been so grateful that i found your blog.. your stories and music have touched my heart and soul.
much love to you and yours, have a merry christmas filled with many more memories to come.
and remember our Good Lord has given us more gifts, ones that cannot be seen.. but more precious than any store bought ones can be.
xoxo
big ladybug hugs

The Parson of The Hills was Rev. Charles Keyes.
Charles Keyes, 76
Known As The `Parson Of The Hills'
March 24, 1996 By New York Times News Service.
HICKORY, N.C. — Charles Keyes, the itinerant "parson of the hills," who spent his life delivering stem-winding sermons and dispensing Christmas joy to the mountain poor of five states, has died.

He died last Sunday in a Hickory nursing home. He was 76 and had been preaching since he was 5 years old.

Tipper: Your thoughts and those of your 'following' make me feel guilty. Our Christmas 1981 was what I call our LAST PERFECT CHRISTMAS celebration. Our Joey died in June 1982, at age 17 and I really have a hard time for getting past a heavy-hearted feeling this time of year. His gift of 1981 still lies on a shelf.

BUT this evening I will have a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner and church service with THREE teenage grandsons. So I will just accent the positive!

Fondly,
Eva Nell

Anyone remember the Parson of the Hills. I dont remember his real name. He would collect toys, clothes, those wonderful brown paper bags of fruit, nuts and a candy cane. He would travel to the remote little towns and have a big Christmas party in the church. Taught those kids a lot about the Lord Jesus birth, love and giving. Barbara Gantt

Beautiful and touching memories Tipper.. Here's wishing you and your family the best Christmas ever.

Tipper I gave each one on my list this year a old claw hammer with this note hope you enjoy the not also.
These hammers built America. They built houses, schools, factories from the early 1900’s until they were lost, forgotten, or were replaced by fiberglass and steel handled hammers.
I collected these hammers from 4 states in pawn shops, flea markets, junk shops, and yard sales. Some of them may be 100 years old. They might have been used by farmers, soldiers, carpenters, bridge builders and who knows who. I rebuilt, refaced, blued steel heads and replaced almost all the handles. Some were sound enough with the handles that were on them. The hammers were made all over the world. The older ones were made in the USA and the newer ones were made in China, Brazil, Mexico and the USA.
Many important things are common and ordinary, but have a huge impact on everyday life. Hammers are one of those things. Without ordinary tools, the world would be a different place.
Remember Jesus was a carpenter and we are celebrating his birth.

Touching..not toughing! Sheesh....

CHRISTMAS EVE GIFT! You talked about this game last year, although all of the people that I know played this game on Christmas Eve. My grandmother answered her telephone (long before caller ID) on Christmas Eve by saying "Christmas Eve Gift" so by posting it here maybe I'm sort of carrying it to the next electronic level. My brother and I will spend the day trying to "get" the other even though we are both old men now, we've played this game a long time. On Christmas Eve we always get together and eat "Turkey Bone Soup" and cornbread, exchange gifts and scurry off home to wait for "Sainty Claws" to come.

My wish for each and all is a very merry and blest Christmas.

Yes, Tipper, this time of year certainly brings thoughtfulness and memories of the past.
Merry Christmas to all the big Blind Pig Family. You are all my extended family and I wish for you a happy holiday season and a New Year filled with wonder!

My second and third grade teachers left undying memories of Christmastime. They never allowed us to draw names to exchange presents, as they knew some could not afford to. Every Christmas they made all of us a special bag filled with different candies we had never heard of. Looking back, I realize how hard it must have been to come up with money to buy candy for 25-30 students. My ex-husband recently went back home and stopped to visit one of the teachers and thanked him for all he did to help shape the lives of so many of his students who grew up to be model citizens. They both ended up crying before the visit was over.

I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed all the wit and wisdom in this blog this year. Thanks Tipper. So I will just say "A happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

I think toughing someone like that without meaning to is what Christmas is about. Blessings to you and your family, Tipper.

my granddaughter just posted a Christmas card from my mom (her great-grandmother)she had found tucked away. This is our third Christmas without Mom but she seems to have planted reminders of love for all of us.

A blessed and wonderful Christmas to you and your family. Great memory story!

Tipper, thank you, your family, and your friends for sharing Christmas with all of your followers through out the year.

Through your blog, I travel back in time to my childhood memories and it brings me happiness.

May God bless you!
Ray

Merry Christmas Tipper to you and your wonderful family. I am listening to C and C singing Beautiful Star of Bethlehem. really beautiful.

Thank you, Tipper, for sharing your precious memories. They often bring my own memories to mind. May the blessings of Christmas visit you and your family.

Bless you Tipper! You nailed it - Christ is the reason and we are all so very rich because of His love.
Have a Wonderful Christmas and keep up the great writing- we so enjoy your posts,

Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories. One of my children called Santa HO HO too.

I like the image of EJ decorating for the children--he probably got a lot of pleasure from it too. One of my favorite memories of Christmas is a man we called Uncle Bill though he wasn't really our uncle. He came every Chrsitmas to my parents' open house, and he would play our old piano and sing. He always brought gifts for us children (there were 13 of us so this was no small thing). His wife would come too although I have no memory of her. They had no children and they loved to come and share the noise and life of our Christmas.

Memories are wonderful things. I hope that you and yours have a blessed Christmas!

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