Wednesday, July 29, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found

Lost: Black cow off Hwy. 119 and Denhawken area, has a horseshoe brand with N on left hip and two ear tags. Call 830-391-5589 or 830-391-4802.

VideoFound: older Dachshund running down the road. If this is your dog please call (210)789-0925. Will need proof and verification that the dog is your's.
Found: Chihuahua and Dachshund near Floresville High School. Call 210-548-0356.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Experienced mixer needed for local bakery, stand for long period of time, lift 50 lbs., 2 years of experience. Apply in person at 1371 FM 1346, La Vernia, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kolodziej’s Food Service & Fundraising is currently looking for candidates for our growing company, full-time positions are available in the following areas: General Warehouse and Driver, qualified candidates must possess excellent customer service skills, clean driving record, and be able to work independently as well as in a team environment; working knowledge of basic computer systems, cash handling, and 10-key a plus. We offer a competitive salary package. Interested parties should email resume to Kathy@kolodziejs.com or drop off in person at 101B Dilworth Plaza, Poth, TX 78147.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

South Texas Living


Remembering the beauty, joy of our Christmas trees




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
Julia Castro
Apple Pie and Salsa
December 26, 2012 | 1,795 views | Post a comment

When I was growing up we always had a Christmas tree in our home at Christmas time, up until the time I got married. After Letty was born, while Henry was away, we spent her first two Christmases at my parents’ home where we were staying -- and there was a tree.

After Henry came back in January of 1955, we moved in with his brother Eligio and his wife Elia and their little son Roland into a house owned by her sister and her family. We lived there about five months and then we had to move because the family was moving back to Floresville. We moved, again the two couples and two young children, to a rent house owned by Mr. Ernest Tyson on A Street. Then in August of that same year, we had the opportunity to buy a piece of property with a small house on what is now Plum Street. It was smaller than the other two houses we had shared, but again Eligio and Elia moved in with us. I have written about that little house before, with no indoor plumbing except for running water in the kitchen. Henry and I had two rooms. Eligio and Elia had one room; and we shared the kitchen and dining area. Early that December Elia went to the hospital and delivered her second son. The next day I went and gave birth to our first son. There was no room for a Christmas tree that year. Soon after that, Eligio and Elia moved out. It had gotten a little too crowded. Now we could have the room they had been using and use it as a living room, which it was meant to be. From then on we set up a tree every year. Sometimes they were small and sat on a little table where the youngest ones couldn’t knock it down or pull ornaments off. Then we moved into our much larger remodeled home. And the babies kept coming. Some of them were more adventurous than others; so depending on the child we either put up a big tree or a small one.

Then there was the era of the aluminum tree. Henry went and bought one without telling me first. Oh, it was pretty, when viewed from outside through the picture window, with the lights changing colors. But on the inside, no teniá chiste. It had no appeal. We used it one more year and then I donated it to one of the classes at Sacred Heart School.

Now the kids were grown, for the most part, so we put up big trees. The kids did most of the decorating. We couldn’t get very tall ones because our house had low ceilings. And Henry would start trimming it to set it on his homemade wooden stand. Sometimes the tree lost about a foot in height. I always liked the Douglas fir. The branches were separated and there was more room for ornaments. The kids would call them our Charlie Brown trees.

When Louie and Liberty started having their own brood, Louie would go buy the tall bushy kind. I think they’re the Scotch pine. Sometimes he would buy one for us too. I didn’t want to make him feel bad so I never told him that I didn’t like them as much because they were hard to decorate. You can only hang ornaments on the outside.

Even after Henry, Frank, and I moved into our mobile home, I continued to put up a tree. The ceilings are high and I even bought a 7-foot tree. But by now I had fallen into the trend of artificial trees. I had never had carpet on the floors at the other house and I didn’t want dry pine needles on the carpet in our new home. A few years later I started downsizing. Now Henry and I were by ourselves and I found it harder to decorate the tree. The hardest part was stringing the lights around the tree. I bought a 4-foot pre-lit tree, which I used for two years. Then last year I decided not to put it up, so I passed it along. DeeDee gave me a 15-inch little tree with tiny decorations and I put it on the table in a corner of the living room. And I set up my Nativity scene. Always I set up a Nativity set. So that’s what I did again this year. We also used to put up lights around the house. This year the only lights come from the beautiful star that Lia and Gilbert gave us. Leonard hung it on the cross in front of our house. It looks beautiful, and it means more to me than any other lights we could put up. It reminds us of the star that the Magi followed to find the Christ child.

It does make me feel just a little sad that I can’t do what I used to do. But I thank the good Lord for all the years that I was able to bring joy to our kids and grandkids. And I have my memories.

Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville with her husband, Henry. Her email is juliamcastro1@gmail.com.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

South Texas Living Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Benefit for animal shelter is Aug. 1 (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cestohowa Altar Society ladies celebrate 60 years of service (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Church youth to hold car wash (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Don’t miss Kosciusko Picnic this Sunday (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free movie Friday in Poth (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Historical marker denotes former school site (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Legion Auxiliary garage sale Aug. 1 (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Life in the Camp Ranch community (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Luciano Pacheco – the sole Tejano survivor of the Alamo (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Opry helps fund historical markers (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Popeye beach pail (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See a free flick in Elmendorf (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stuff the bus in Stockdale (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Summer program ends at Falls City library (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. WCRSP delivers children’s books to schools (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Balance classes start July 27 (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Be a high roller in Floresville (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bobble-head Bozo (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cool down with free snow cones (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Copper-pot craftsmanship — CINCO Vodka (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Marion Sausage Supper is Aug. 1 (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mu Chi members attend state convention (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Opry lineup is sure to satisfy (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save the date for Kody Fest Aug. 8 (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Shop ‘Trinkets and Treasures’ (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. SSCA seeks donations for rummage sale (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Start two-stepping at FUMC (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas sales-tax holiday (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Landing offers help for teens (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. What a difference an ‘A’ makes! (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Browse, learn, shop at Home and Garden Show (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Celebrate Czech Day in Jourdanton (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Daughters of the Republic installs officers (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy St. Anthony church fest (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Experience ‘The Hobbit’ under the stars (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free Movies at the Park in Poth (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Learn to compost with worms (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Legion Auxiliary plans garage sale (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Library happenings (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mystery blanket sparks search (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Night In Old Fredericksburg is July 18 (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Plan now for Beaver Roundup (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Teddy bears, pottery (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The bridges of Wilson County (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ‘Atomic tourists’ converge on Trinity Site ahead of 70th anniversary (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Behind the lens: Cover photo (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bobby Flores Birthday Bash is July 11 (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Early settlers of Wilson County (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy ‘Big Hero 6’ at Movie Day (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy ‘Cool Tunes’ in Brenham (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Family violence shelter seeks volunteers (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Family weekend fun in Adkins (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FHS Reunion is July 25 (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Fishing lures (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Give blood at Sacred Heart Church (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hamilton earns rank of captain (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Memorial hog hunt a hit! (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save the date for Home and Garden Show (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See comedians in China Grove (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ‘Alabama’ to invade K-Town (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ‘Dying’ brings broadcaster back to life (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bible study in Verdi (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Buses, pickup trucks, automobiles, and walking (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Davy Crockett, Depression glass (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Dog shows start July 8 (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy Fourth of July parade, concert in Seguin (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy Sunday Dances all month (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free July 4 concerts in SA (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free music, fireworks in Brenham (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Ice cream makers, tasters needed (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Jack's Cafe adds Sports Room and patio (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. July is for grape stomping (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Look who's flying solo! (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Memories fly following balloon stories (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register for state-wide Chili Cook-off (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Remembering my first haircut (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Savor: Summer drinks with calories and exercise equivalents (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. South Texas Gardener reveals 'mystery plants' (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Gathering Music Show (July 1, 2015)