One of my first Christmas memories was made in the Koonkazachey school. My father attended the school when he was growing up. He told plenty of stories about events that occurred in that one room schoolhouse. My favorite story was about the time he and some friends discovered a bumblebee nest on the playground. They made paddles to swat the bumblebees with as they let them out of the hole one at a time after tossing a coat over the entrance. “We all ended up getting stung” is how daddy concluded the story.
The community came together for Christmas at the school. Many, if not most of those in the community were related to me. My uncle Kenneth dressed up as Santa and passed out brown paper sacks to all the children. The sack had an orange and an apple to provide volume and weight. The sack also had an assortment of nuts and several pieces of candy. There were some chocolates, some orange slices, and a few hard candies that tended to stick together. That was all I received, and it was wonderful!
Through the years Christmas continued to be a highlight of the year. There were Christmas programs at church and extended family gatherings. The smell of the cedar tree daddy cut on a mountain filled the front room of our home. Our stockings continued to contain items similar to those at the Koonkazachey school. A time or two I received a large dill pickle. It was always so exciting to dump out the stocking and rummage through the treasures.
I received a gun on at least three different Christmases. The guns were probably my favorite gifts while growing up. I took one of those guns with my daddy later Christmas morning and killed my first quail west of our house. My mother always provided the best of food for breakfast and we shared a meal with extended family at noon. The homes always had more people than space, and it was awesome. I usually sat on top of the chest deep freeze on the back porch when we went to Ma-ma and Pa-pa’s.
Through it all I developed a great appreciation for family and a deep love for God. He gave the ultimate gift of His Son. My love for Jesus was enhanced by the annual celebration of Christmas. It still is.
Joy to the world! Earl
- Christmas Eve Caroling and Communion at 5:00 p.m. on the East steps
- New Sermon Series beginning January 3 “Gospel Living” Romans 12
- January 3 – Family Worship Only at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (Nursery for Babies-3yr old)
- January 10 – Family Worship and LifeGroups at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- The Gathering Service and TeamKIDS resume on January 13
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.