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"Holiday Road"
from the Movie Soundtrack
"National Lampoon's Vacation"

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As a little girl, I couldn't wait until a holiday.
It didn't matter which one, I loved them all.

From New Years, Valentines Day, and St. Patrick's Day, to Easter, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas; my excitement was always the same. I would plan long in advance for what activities I would participate in with my family and friends.

Here's some of the things I remember most . . .
What comes to mind for you?

Who could ever forget their first sip of champagne on New Year's Eve?! I don't recall how old I was when I finally was able to stay awake until midnight and watch the ball drop in Times Square on television, but I remember the feeling of accomplishment!

Or how about that first Valentine's Day that you really had a crush for the first time? The goose bumps you got as you wrote "Love,..." on that corny little Valentine card and slipped it to that cute little boy or girl that sat behind you in class! Or maybe your first kiss happened on Valentine's Day!

St. Patrick's day was always fun, the wearing of the green and pinching your friends who weren't wearing green! Now there was an opportunity to misbehave! Often, we would go to a St. Patty's Day Parade.

Easter is always a beautiful time of year. I couldn't wait to go on the Easter Egg Hunts and color those eggs. I was always anxious to get my Easter outfit to wear to church too. I always got a pretty dress, new white shoes and a pretty Easter Bonnet! Then, when we got home from church, the hunt for the Easter Baskets began!

The excitement of the 4th of July is one of my most vivid memories. As a little girl growing up in California, we went to Pismo Beach each year for the huge fireworks spectacular! I remember being a little frightened but totally exhilarated at the same time. I was content to wave my American Flags and twirl sparklers with my younger brother.

Halloween!!! The night when all of us angelic children turned into monsters! *hehehe*. Remember the costumes and the fun of going out after dark? I still enjoy Halloween and because of that I have created a two distinct sites! A virtual haunted house! The Haunted Mansion! and, launched in 2005,
"The Legacy of Madame Delphine LaLaurie". I'm working on a third adventure - watch for it in 2007.

Thanksgiving was a time to enjoy family. I remember my Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles and Cousins were always gathered and the wonderful Turkey Dinners and the smell of Pumpkin Pies. It was our families tradition to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while getting the turkey in the oven and then, after the parade, we'd go to the Christmas Tree Farm and select our tree and put up all the Christmas decorations. Of course, that worked up a healthy Thanksgiving appetite! Express what you are thankful for at my Thanksgiving Wishes page, or read about the Pilgrims very First Thanksgiving.

And finally, Christmas! My favorite holiday. Santa was always very good to me and my brother. I remember my most special Christmas of all was when I got a Shetland Pony! He was in the back yard with a big red bow tied in his mane! I couldn't figure out why I got a horseshoe and carrots in my Christmas stocking! Then I got a Christmas Card that said something about "Santa has really been "horse"-ing around this year!" Then my Daddy opened the curtains to the back yard and there was my pony!!!! I cried my first happy tears that morning. I'll never forget it as long as I live. Nor will I forget other special Christmas mornings with my Grandparents and family. Christmas is very close in my heart and I am filled with emotion when I hear Silent Night and other favorite carols. I remember going to midnight masses and the egg nog and all the traditions of the season. There is nothing like Christmas through the eyes of a child. I have several Christmas pages for you to visit including my Christmas Tree Farm where you can adopt a tree of your own. I hope you'll also visit a Cajun Christmas, my special Christmas Wishes, and my Christmas Awards. In addition, I have Holiday Snow Globes, Decorate One of Two Virtual Christmas Trees, a Christmas Card to My Family, a Christmas Card to My Friends, and Christmas Links.

The holidays are a celebration of life to be appreciated by all of us. No matter which holiday, or which traditions you enjoy, I wish you all the happiness of the holidays each and every day throughout the year!


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