In the past 175 years, a lot of money has been made off of Christmas cards since the custom began in the United Kingdom. Sir Henry Cole, a senior government servant, who had helped set-up the new ‘Public Record Office’ or as we now know it as the Post Office, began the custom in 1843. Cole was an Assistant Keeper and his purpose was to expand the use of the facility by ‘ordinary’ people. The first Christmas card was printed by John Calcott Horsley, a friend of Cole’s, and depicted a typical English family enjoying the holiday and people performing acts of charity. A thousand copies of the card were printed and sold for one shilling (roughly $.08 USD).
But, alas, as the stack of Christmas cards I have received recently grew, so has my level of guilt so I finally sat down long enough to return the favor of a greeting card to the friends and family who had already blessed me. Naturally I began with the aged address book tucked away on a shelf in my office. Quickly it became a mission of sorts as one by one I read the names and addresses of the friends and acquaintances that I have acquired over the years. How diversified were the relationships! Having attended school in a rural community outside Indianapolis, I still consider several of my grade school friends, close friends. Wow! How blessed is that! I know their handwriting as well as I do my own. I had to laugh when I realized that I had alphabetized some of the names by their maiden names, not their married. Included in the list of names were neighbors, close friends and even their offspring, fellow members of my police academy and an occasional chief of police or two. Although exhausting, I enjoyed my trip down memory lane and the time I spent with each and every name and the addresses of homes that I have visited. But reality struck! No longer 8 cents a card, the postage alone is 50 cents. So Merry Christmas everyone! I’m not rich enough to send you all a card this year! .…and to think it all began with a postal employee.
Apology/correction! I neglected to properly identify Debbie Ressel Turner in the photo of the Red Hot Hatters on the stairway of the Schenck Mansion that was published in the newspaper two weeks ago! Unfortunately, the mistake was caught by Lisa Fisher in time to have it corrected but I didn’t open Lisa’s email for nine days! I am so sorry, Debbie!
The next Red Hot Hatter luncheon will be on Friday, January 18th, at Mo’s Steakhouse in Vevay. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. Topic of discussion will be the agenda for the rest of the year and especially the proposed Valentine’s celebration being planned for Friday, February 15th. Every attempt will be made to have the menu selected and the price fixed well in time for the January meeting. Her Highness, the Lunch Lady Marie Cole has already started on it! Our gift exchange is completely voluntary and should range approximately $10 in value. Red hats and purple clothing are optional also. Bring a friend. No dues or initiation required. All we ask is that you follow three basic rules: have fun, make new friends and enjoy great food!
The February meeting will be Valentine themed and will return to the Schenck Mansion on Friday, February 15th again at 11 a.m. Reservations will be needed for this luncheon. Additional information will be provided as soon as possible.
The Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church will its ‘Feast of the Holy Family’ this Saturday, December 29th.
Prayer List: Ellyn Kern — wife of Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Bruce Hutcherson, Tammy Cole, Irvin and Eva Fette, Freda and Harry Walker, Eddie Trinkle, Sue Bear, Sharon Ward, Mike, Barbara DeNoon, Mickie and Jake Rader, Joyce Earles, Dale and Eric Simon, Jerry South and Red Hot Hatters Barb Dowdy, Mary Christiani, Eileen Wiesmann, Marie Cole, Patty Chase, Lura Riga, June Lack, Sandy Dawson and Sondra Stave.
Joyce Johnson is not only a Red Hot Hatter but a member of my church family and boy! Does she have some good recipes! I have made and shared her “Finger Lickin’ Good Cake” both here and via email several times. So here goes another one for your crockpot:
1 can each of Pinto Beans, Black Beans & Kidney Beans
1 can Corn
2 cans Diced, Seasoned Tomatoes
1 Can Rotel
1 – 15 oz. Can of Beef Broth
1 Pkt – Ranch Dressing
1 Pkt. – Taco Seasoning
1 ½ to 2 lbs. – Hamburger
Brown the hamburger and drain. Drain corn and all three cans of beans. Rinse (optional) Black and Kidney beans. Add the rest of the ingredients to crock pot. Stir in Ranch and Taco packets. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Can top with cheese and sour cream. Serve with corn chips.
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