The Tradition Lives on

Mike and Honey Arrive with a new platform for the Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Apple Tree Centerpiece
Delicious Red Apples-beautiful color!

Dear Reader:

I was over the moon yesterday when I was surprised by Mike and Honey arriving from the mountains carrying a new ” form” Mike made just the day before-taller and solid throughout to place the apples and greenery on… topped off by a giant pineapple.

Even though most of us associate this southern decoration with Colonial Williamsburg as a status symbol since pineapples were rare and expensive… it was George Washington, himself, who was said to have grown pineapples at Mount Vernon! So the pineapple then became a symbol of individuality and independence for the new country.

( Maybe this is why tourists visiting Disney World over the holidays will see more of this decor-as it ties into Liberty Square and Walt Disney’s love of American history? )

I really thought with Mike and Honey making the mountains their permanent home-I probably wouldn’t see them before Christmas and another tradition would be broken but it is alive and well and my apple tree is more beautiful than ever!

So until tomorrow… Honey and Mike… the gift of your friendship is my favorite Christmas present!

Today is my favorite day. Winnie the Pooh

Today is the Winter Solstice-from this day on more light will enter our daily lives by the sun and spiritually everyday we have a chance to increase the light of a stronger relationship with the other SON.

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to The Tradition Lives on

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    What a wonderful gift…and all made with love. I know that was the best surprise ever having Honey and Mike dropping in…two specual folks. I can’t wait to see it.

  2. Honey Burrell says:

    We love stopping by and being with you, even though it was a short visit! Knowing how much you’ve always loved the Apple Tree, we had to deliver! Enjoy my friend and know you are loved lots and lots by the “mountaineers!” Merry Christmas to you, your family and your blog readers!😘🌲😘

  3. Becky Dingle says:

    Well this “lowcountry” lodger loves you back…and so happy we have new memories to enjoy

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