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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Naughty or Nice?

Naughty or Nice ~  There were times, long ago, when the word "naughty" would send terror through me.  It's such a dreadful word, don't you think?   I will confess to having been reminded a few times of what the consequences might be on Christmas for children who were "naughty!"   Really...was it possible that Santa Claus would bring me nothing but a bundle of switches? 

Well, surely these nice old gents, Belsnickle and Santa figures, brought out from the old trunk upstairs, would never do such a thing...even if a little girl hadn't always been nice. 

"'Twas the night before Christmas
when all through the house..."

Happy Christmas to all...


  1. I am sure that you have been nice! Your tree looks so pretty, and your Belsnickle and Santa figures are amazing. I don't know how you can put them away. I think I would want them out all year. Merry Christmas.

  2. ...and Happy Christmas to you! I'll be thinking of how to use my new patterns... ;)

  3. Merry Christmas to your family. I'm pretty sure I was bad lots of times as a child, and a few times as a grown up person too, but happily Santa does still come to see me. We did get the threats of no Santa when we were little, and I think me and my sister were generally good, my brother, not so much, but we always had a good Christmas. Your tree is very pretty and the Santa's are wonderful. May the coming year be great and see lots of doll making and happiness.

  4. Magnificent tree and Santas. I share your memories of the terror of being thought naughty and getting a bundle of switches. I think you're a nice person with a good heart and probably are just enough naughty to make life interesting. ;)
    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and will have a magical New Year! :D

  5. We all have a little 'naughty' in us once in a while and it shouldn't be held against us, espeically at this time of year. May the New Year bring us all exceptional joy and peace.

  6. Your tree is beautiful! Hope you had a good Christmas. Growing up, we were told too, that Santa would leave a bag of switches if we were bad.

  7. A Merry Christmas to you and your family. I'm glad naughty or nice these Santa's were kind. I guess it was a way parents thought they would encourage their children to behave during the holidays...most likely didn't work. I wonder if ever a child really did receive those switches or lumps of coal in their stockings.

  8. I read a joke somewhere before Christmas that parents could keep wrapped empty boxes under the tree--and when the kid was "naughty", they toss one in the fireplace. As a parent of four, I find this idea both cruel and exceedingly effective. :~P