Looking For Christmas Decorations… Try ” FRAMILY”

Dear Reader:

It has occurred to me this year that Christmas would not be the same if we removed, not only family, from the core of the Christmas season, but also ” framily”… chosen friends who complete our lives each day of the year… friends we can talk to that we can’t, necessarily, with just family.

Family and ” framily” are our Christmas decorations…. they provide what Archibald Rutledge called ” life’s extras.” They might not fall under food, clothing, and shelter basic necessities… but have you ever lost a ” framily” member to a move or other departure? Suddenly your whole world seems like the glitter and lights suddenly got taken or turned off?

When each of my adult children showed up sending, putting up, and helping trim my Christmas tree last Saturday, along with my grandchildren … I knew that, in reality, this was all I needed for Christmas… their presence.

And since then… I have looked at all the decorations on the tree given me by framily over the years … each special with a story behind it. Danish plaid hearts from my Danish friends, a pickle from a German ancestral friend, homemade drawn snowflakes from crafty friends, cardinals from post readers symbolizing Sammy, Tigers from my Clemson buddies…the list could go on and on….

So until tomorrow… Pause and look around you… aren’t the best decorations dressed in family and friendship? And no matter the circumstances over time… it is their love, wrapped securely in memory bubbles that truly provide ” Christmas ” to us everyday?

Tuesday found me in Mt Pleasant… preparing to listen to Moultrie Middle’s Christmas Choral performance in which Eva Cate is a member! The music brought the Christmas season in officially for me! Wonderful!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

After the performance we rode around looking at Christmas decorations in the neighborhood… and at one house… there was Winnie the Pooh
… and speaking of Winnie’s… Winnie has her own Christmas stocking

December 7 is my neighbor Vickie’s birthday -she was actually born on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked! I told her she sure knew how to pick a day and time that everyone can remember her birthday! 😂

I took her a white poinsettia and a red Christmasy staked butterfly design for her planter! Vickie loves butterflies!

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.”
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Looking For Christmas Decorations… Try ” FRAMILY”

  1. Beth Moxley Lee says:

    Thank you for sharing your stories and wisdom during this past year. I get so much joy from reading them. I had asked awhile back for the contact info for your sons B&B in MP I list it so would you please send it again. Have a blessed Christmas.

  2. Rachel Edwards says:


Leave a Reply