I have had many great Christmas memories growing up in Findlay. My best ones are
the ones with our four grandmas and three grandpas. Each one was so special.
Our Grandma Gorman lived in Canton. We got to have her come to our house to stay
one Christmas. My brother and my four sisters were excited. You see, grandma was an
excellent baker. She made a couple pies for dad. She made us two kinds of delicious
She also sewed very well. She had sewed us girls Barbie doll clothes and gave them to
us for Christmas. I’m not sure what my brother got, but she was so much fun to be with.
We all did not want her to go back home.
Then, there was Grandpa and Grandma Bowersox. I remember them in their small
house. It was filled with love. Grandpa would read us the Bible story about Jesus being
born. He taught us to be thankful for what we had. He loved us so much.
Grandma would bake us cookies, the pineapple cookies and her chocolate chip
cookies. We also played games with them. They had many other grandchildren, too.
We would all go to my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Hobart’s house to be a family and have
Then, there was Grandpa and Grandma Yoder. We would visit in the living room or
family room. Grandma was sick a lot. She had a wonderful, loving smile for us all. Our
grandpa was ornery and he loved us, too. He had those Ideal Holiday books, and I
would love to read them and look at them. Us kids would sing Christmas songs to
grandma. Sometimes our cousins would come to visit. Grandpa would give us candy
Then, there was our Grandpa and Grandma Meek. We saw them the most. We all loved
to spend time with them. Especially Christmas. Grandpa was a craft person. He taught
us how to do things. My one sister and I got to help him at Christmas do painted
stenciling on their window. Grandpa held the stencil and we took the sponges with red
paint to put on the window. It was Santa and the sleigh with reindeer. It said at the top,
So much fun. Grandma was always in the kitchen. She knew us kids loved to help her
make cookies. We would decorate them. Yes, we would eat a couple too. She was an
awesome cook. She would watch the “Heidi” movie with Shirley Temple with us while
we drank hot chocolate. We liked her watching it with us. She played the Old Maid card
game with us, too. We would play with her McGuffey readers and play school. They
were so great.
Many memories, they all taught us a lot. Faith in God, love, family, food and fun. Of
course, we got cool gifts. The best gift was being together especially at Christmas.
‘Many memorable grandparents’, originally published in The Courier – Saturday, December 22, 2012