Christmas memories reason to smile - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Christmas memories reason to smile

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA.(KPLC) -One of the upsides of getting older is all those happy memories of Christmas stored up pm which to reflect.

It's been decades since Martha Johnson was a child but she remembers as though it were  yesterday. "We decided we were going to wait for Santa so we'd hide on the roof. We'd take the ladder out, crawl up there and sit up there waiting and waiting and looking for Santa and 'course we'd fall asleep. And our parents would find us on the roof the next day. We'd get in all kinds of trouble after we opened the presents of course."

 Juanita McLeod can't stop laughing as she remembers the coconut cake tradition."We celebrated Christmas with coconut cream cake. When my stepmother would bake the cakes she would put them up in the loft and she'd climb the ladder and put them up there until the next day. Well, my sister decided she would go up there to see what she was putting up there. She climbed the ladder and when she got up to the top she stuck her elbow in the cake. So after that we had coconut cake every holiday."

Minnie Sweet Goings remembers a Christmas beautiful, simply because of those determined to come home."We had all planned to be out of town and my son showed up pretending to be UPS in his military uniform, and my youngest son was gone and he came back home and I cried because I hadn't prepared for Christmas. So, my son told me, 'Mom, it's okay. We're together and that's all that matters this Christmas."

You can see in Alan Perkins' eyes how vivid the memories are of one Christmas past. "One Christmas I got a shotgun and a bunch of toys."

 Lucille Hebert's eyes twinkle and she giggles as she remembers back to her brother trying to play Santa:  "My next to oldest brother tried to play Santy Claus with a burlap sack over his head, for a Santy Claus Suit."  Reporter: "And how did that go?"  Says Lucille,"It didn't go very good."

 Ruth Lucille Withers is 82 but those memories of Christmas toys are etched on her brain. "Well, my favorite Christmas memory is getting toys. I'd get up at night and they had the toys and I'd go steal 'em and look into them and wrap them back before Mama and Daddy would wake up."

And it's never too late to make some new memories. Hebert was the life of the party with her animated house that danced around atop her head.  Reporter: "Have you ever seen a sillier hat that that?"   Lucille admits, giggling, "No."

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Elevated rain chances through mid-week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Elevated rain chances through mid-week

    Sunday, June 17 2018 4:21 PM EDT2018-06-17 20:21:00 GMT
    Chance of rain sticking around through next week (Source: KPLC)Chance of rain sticking around through next week (Source: KPLC)
    Chance of rain sticking around through next week (Source: KPLC)Chance of rain sticking around through next week (Source: KPLC)

    Through the rest of the day today expect cloudy and muggy conditions. Winds will continue to gust up to 20 mph through the remainder of the day. Rain chances remain about the same through the rest of the day as those bands of rain from the tropical wave move across the area.  The rain does taper off slightly during the overnight hours but is still a factor come tomorrow. 

    More >>

    Through the rest of the day today expect cloudy and muggy conditions. Winds will continue to gust up to 20 mph through the remainder of the day. Rain chances remain about the same through the rest of the day as those bands of rain from the tropical wave move across the area.  The rain does taper off slightly during the overnight hours but is still a factor come tomorrow. 

    More >>
  • Armed robbery at Lake Charles convenience store

    Armed robbery at Lake Charles convenience store

    Saturday, June 16 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-06-16 21:52:57 GMT
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)
    An armed robbery occurred Friday night at the More 4 Less convenience store on Common Street, according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department. The robbery happened at approximately 11:04 p.m. The investigation is ongoing and we will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    An armed robbery occurred Friday night at the More 4 Less convenience store on Common Street, according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department. The robbery happened at approximately 11:04 p.m. The investigation is ongoing and we will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Car crashes into DeRidder store, causes fire

    Car crashes into DeRidder store, causes fire

    Saturday, June 16 2018 3:42 PM EDT2018-06-16 19:42:11 GMT
    (Source: DeRidder Police Department)(Source: DeRidder Police Department)

    A liquor store caught on fire in DeRidder Saturday after a car crashed into the building, according to DeRidder Police Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy.

    Rudy says at approximately 12:20, a vehicle driven by a 68-year-old woman jumped a curb and crashed through the store window and door after she stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake. The vehicle struck an interior pole, causing the vehicle and building to catch on fire

    More >>

    A liquor store caught on fire in DeRidder Saturday after a car crashed into the building, according to DeRidder Police Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy.

    Rudy says at approximately 12:20, a vehicle driven by a 68-year-old woman jumped a curb and crashed through the store window and door after she stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake. The vehicle struck an interior pole, causing the vehicle and building to catch on fire

    More >>
Powered by Frankly