Dec. 23, 2012 at 6:23 a.m.

Editor's note: We asked our readers to share their most memorable Christmas with us. Many did. Today is the second of three installments of your memories.

Christmas in the country

My favorite Christmas memory is the Christmas Eves spent at my grandparent's house in rural Lavaca County. In attendance were my family, including aunts, uncles and cousins. There was nothing fancy about it, just good ol' family time, including the smell of fresh oranges and apples as well as the aroma of a fresh cedar Christmas tree in the hallway, delicious food smells wafting from the kitchen and the sounds of talking and laughing throughout the house and sometime from the porch, depending on the weather.

After supper and the dishes were done, the little ones (that being the cousins) would pester the adults to open gifts. But tradition called for a concert of sorts, with all of the cousins lining up next to the tree, each having an "x" marked by masking tape on the wooden floor and singing some Christmas songs.

Afterward, an unorganized circle was made in the small hallway around the tree. Each child anxiously waited for their name to be called, and once they received one, paper and bows flew.

My favorite Christmas memory is to think back to the unpainted farm house in the country full of family and love.

Mava Sue Jalufka, Moulton



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