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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 19 - December 25, 1997 - 7 ACH - LCe for :k and season. Jdential .7-6101 'FN) :)R rent eat, air, 5-7043 M. age 83 ately I Thoughts on less-material Christmases and celebrating the winter solstice Mildred Ward Holloman turned 93 this year. She lives in Bell- town, within eyeshot of the site of Merry the house where she was born. "I was the third oldest of 13 children," said Mildred this week. "There were three little bedrooms  Christrna for all 15 of us. That doesn't sound like much but it was what we had and we didn't know any  .,.= different. We were just one, big 8 happy family. My father was named John and my mother was D A DU[2/'3/TPIM' Lydie. She passed when she was D /'MM.JI'VVIIII 57. My father lived to 75. My Dennis Forney mother always said she had one child for each of the months and one extra." get too much. And they get year- To get ready for Christmas, round. They're not thankful for Mildred brings out a small, table- what they get. The things they get top Christmas tree with a string of nowadays can cost $65 and more. lights long enough to brighten That's more than was spent on all  ,, three such trees. "My grandchil- of Christmas for my whole family, dren come over and laugh at my I'm sure, when I was growing tree. They have big trees and they up." think it's funny mine's so small." Mildred has four children of her Christmas for the Holloman own. "They all went to college. children meant hanging up stock- My daughter, Mary Bowden, ings near the chimney in the teaches at Caesar Rodney and she ,a woodstove-heated living room. takes me lots of places. She was "We'd hang them up anywhere Teacher of the Year in 1996," we could. They were just plain Mildred says with pride. "And stockings and we'd put our names my grandson, Reginald Bowden, on them. Then we'd go to bed and is a family doctor in Florida. wait for Santy Claus to Come. We We'll be flying down to see him thought for sure he'd be coming this Christmas. God has blessed down the chimney - if he came. me and keeps on blessing me." And we'd get candy and oranges in our stockings. It was exciting. Sunday, Dee. 21 marks one of It's different now. I think we the most important days of the were more thankful and more hap- year for all of us. The winter sol- pier." stice. People have observed this Mildred said Christmas day for day for thousands of years be- herbig family also meant a fried causeitmarksthepointintheso- And chicken dinner. "It was a big din- lar year when the hours of day- ner, such as they were. Fried light finally stop declining. Hal- chicken was a big dish. And we leluia. Darkness at 4:30 in the af- th---- always ate a lot of beans and pota- ternoon comes too early. Now the toes. Thesedays if you talk about days start growing longer. AI- may eating beans as a meal people though the date marks the official, close their eyes and open them start of winter, it also means the twice and say 'beans?, beans?' beginning of the return of more Neap I Yca.r They don't understand. But we hours of sunlight and the eventual were always warm and we always return of the growing season. hadfood. We might eat the same Mistletoe took on its special holi- bring you thing for breakfast that we had for day significance-because it is the dinner the night before, but that first plant that flowers in the new was all right too." year marked by the winter sol- Sitting beside her small Christ- stice. That blooming, which Y CBd=ml--aC-- mas tree, Mildred returns to the comes in January, also serves to theme of thankfulness, confirm that the sun would contin- "I think we had.more fun than ue to bring its life-supporting wehave now. It seems like there power to the earth and for that the LOV' was more excitement We didn't earliest people were most grateful. get that much but we were thank- They didn't take the coming of ful for it. Now what one child any new year for granted. It's no gets fiUs up a room. Today, you coincidence that we celebrate the and Happiness give kids a thousand bucks and birth of Christ within just a hand- the), still want more. I think they ful of days of the winter solstice. , ' ......:.::;..:.:::::iii:iiii:%iiii:iii!:ii:iiii Associate Broker f RE/MAX Realty Group - Rehoboth Beach 226-DOUG (Direct) 1-888-226 DOUG (Toll Free) Fax 226-0970 []  email ' Mildred Holloman at home ill Belltown.