Once again, here’s hoping we can get together and party as a family in the coming year. But until then, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy new year!
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! It’s been an uneasy year, but here’s looking forward to new memories in the new year.
Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas
BY MAJOR HENRY LIVINGSTON, JR.
’Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc’d in their heads,
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap —
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name:
“Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen,
“On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem;
“To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
“Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys — and St. Nicholas too:
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:
He was dress’d all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnish’d with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys was flung on his back,
And he look’d like a peddler just opening his pack:
His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow.
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly:
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh’d when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight —
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
And as I have shared many times before, here is a reminder of what Christmas is all about.
Merry Christmas everybody! And a Happy New Year!
Happy Thanksgiving to family and friends everywhere! I should insert some sort of clichéd comment about family gatherings looking different this year, due to COVID-19. If you are doing your best to gather only in small groups, keep up the good work. Everyone make full use of video chatting and phone calls and keep yourselves properly distanced.
Learn more about the CDC’s recommendations for holiday celebrations.
Hey, are you cooking a turkey, perhaps for the first time? Many years ago, Alton Brown, chef host on Food Network, made a great series of videos on how to prep and cook a fantastic turkey. We’ve used it in our household for reference for a few years now and it’s worked great every time.
I’ll link the whole playlist of videos at some point, but you can probably start here and find them all. Check out our results from last year:
And again, Happy Thanksgiving! Stay safe, stay healthy, stay sane. See you all as soon as possible.
The Arconati Family Reunion is usually held every two years, so we are due for one in 2020. However, it has been decided to cancel this year’s reunion due to the current pandemic. This event may be rescheduled for next year. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.
Reese had an official review done by a professional theater reviewer, along with the rest of the cast of Streetcar Named Desire.
December 11, 1989 – March 23, 2019
Nicholas is survived by his beloved Son, Julian Arconati; Cherished son of his Father Charles J. Arconati III and Mother, Stephanie and step-father Mark Stein; dear brother of Charles J. Arconati IV and his children Peyton and Benjamin Arconati; dear brother of Sarah Arconati (Mike Milbourn) and their son Robert Milbourn; dear brother of Abbigail Arconati and step-brother of Jessica Stein; dear grandson of “Nana” Jerry and the late “Papa” Steve Tandrup; nephew to Corie (nee Tandrup) and Tom Wiltshire and cousin to Stevie; great-grandson of Geri Boatright and Rose Tandrup and the late William “Cookie” Tandrup; great nephew to Les and Mary Ann Boatright; nephew to Lori Mewes; cousin to Lindsey, Travis and Sarah; Amanda Brown Mother of Julian and an endless circle of friends;
Nicholas was a loving and devoted Father to Julian and a loving son, brother, grandson and friend to so many. He was kind, gentle, creative and always willing to lend a hand to those in need. He loved the Arts, whether playing his guitar or bonding with friends listening to music. Photography, cinema and painting were also his passions. He thrived outdoors. Nicholas was a man of integrity, courage and strength. He was a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear and lit up every room with his sense of humor and smile.
Nicholas graduated from Pattonville High School, Class of 2008. He was working as an apprentice with Glaziers Union Local 513.
Visitation Friday, March 29, 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Collier’s Funeral Home 3400 N. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Ann, Mo. 63074. Services Saturday, March 30, 10:00 A.M. at Collier’s Funeral Home.
It’s that time again for the Arconati Family Reunion! We will be at Wapelhorst Park in St. Charles. We will be at Pavilion #1. The shelter has electric and is lighted. Tables seat 10-12 people and pedestal grills are located outside each shelter if you wish to grill your lunch. There is a new updated playground beside the pavilion and restroom facilities are directly behind it.
Also available in the park are ball diamonds, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and a brand new aquatic center. Pricing for the aquatic center are: $7.50 for children 3-11, and $8.50 for adults 12 and up.
Bring picnic lunch for your family, lawn chairs if you prefer them to picnic benches, lawn games to play.
Please feel free to forward to others you may have email addresses for, as we don’t have them for everyone. Thank you!!
There will be a family reunion in St. Louis this summer and you are invited! There are no concrete details to announce yet, but watch this spot for more information as soon as it’s available.