Roe corner’ gives yule cheer to generations

I was so glad to see that Ralph and Billie Roe were recent Local Heroes last week because of the all-out Christmas decorations at their home on the corner of Murray and Meadow Drive — the Christmas House as it’s called by all our children and grandchildren. And the next week, their grandson, Donnie Roe, was given the same honor for helping decorate at his grandparents’ house and helping out at other places around town.

Every time I drive by there, it brings back memories of when my bunch were little. Bill would get home from work about dark thirty or later and we all had to load up in the car and drive by the Christmas house — and they didn’t have decorations all over the block at that time — just the front yard and, of course, Santa climbing up the chimney.

The Roe family doesn’t just do this when they want to, they do it year after year. I won’t mention how old some of my children are now, but let’s just say that the Roes have been doing this for Rockdale for a looooong time!

Now our grandchildren love to drive by and look at all of it. We appreciate the time and money it takes for them to do this and it makes things a lot more Christmassy around here.

Mike Brown said this was in my column 40 years ago this week.

“Knock, knock.” Who’s there?

“Megan, Elise and Chicken.”

Megan, Elise and Chicken who?

(cue the music) “Heeee’s Megan Elise and Chicken it twice; gonna find out who’s

naughty or nice. Santa Claus is comin’ to town.”

And Mike says I’m the one who makes faces when he makes a pun!

Every other person I visited with at the reception following the Community Thanksgiving Service asked me to get the recipe for the Apricot cookies.

Billie Oney had the last one and she gave me a bite. That was enough to make me look for the baker of that cookie and it turned out to be Chris Wall. We finally connected and you may  even have time to make these for Christmas visitors.

Apricot Bars

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter or margarine

1 cup chopped nuts

  1 cup coconut

1 jar apricot jam or preserves

Mix flour, sugar, salt and soda.

Mix in softened butter until crumbly. Mix in nuts and coconut. Press half of mixture  into a 9x13 pan. Spread with jam. Cover with remaining crumbs and press down firmly with hand. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Delicious!

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