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December 2012


Christmas at the Alexanders
(a Cautionary Tale)


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, except Dave on the couch.

The stockings Kathy hung were busting their seams,

And Dave's curiosity was interrupting his dreams.


Kaydee and Riley Dog were snug on the bed,

While visions of Dave's feet danced near their heads.

Kathy in her 'kerchief, covered in three dozen blankets,

Had not a clue where Dave's curiosity would take it.


When out in the living room there arose such a ruckus,

Kathy sprung from the bed to see what all the fuss was.

Through the bedroom door she flew with a purpose,

Blankets burying dogs like a collapse at the circus.


The lamp on the table gave the living room a glow,

Enough to lighten the tree and the stockings below.

When what to Kathy's wondering eyes should appear,

But Dave's face full of languish and terrifying fear.


His eyes darting quickly, tears streaming down his cheeks,

Kathy burst into laughter while the dogs they did leap.

More rabid than Cujo did Kaydee dog pounce.

As never before had she heard such a sound.


"Down Kaydee! Down Riley! I'm not a burglar! It's me can't you see?!

Please Kaydee, please Riley, oh please let me be!"

At the top of his lungs, Dave's voice it did call,

"Now Get away, Get away, Get away all !"


As the dogs now settled with inquisitive looks,

Kathy's laughter subsided, and Dave's hand she then took.

Pulling it slowly from the stocking with care,

She inspected to ensure all digits were there.


"I don't understand what happened to me.

I was only making sure they were where they should be?"

Kathy spoke not a word but went straight to her work,

prying from his fingers the metal with a jerk.


Dave sprang from his crouch, fresh pain it did flow.

The tree now shaking from his wobbly blow.

"For Pete's sake Kathy, what the heck was in there?"

"A mouse trap my dear, so sneaky ones don't dare."


This cautionary tale should surely be told,

a reminder to all, whether young or old.

Sneaking a peek may sound like a plan,

But getting caught in the trap may mangle your hand.


Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah, Feast Day of St. Nicholas, or which ever you may celebrate. Kathy and I wish you all the best this Holiday Season has to offer, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a wonderful year. We're looking forward to a very special 2013 as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary. We are so privileged to have you on our journey.


Dave Alexander

Owner/Operations Manager - Primary taster for all Christmas candy, I'll be sure to let you know if it's safe.



In this Edition:


New Additions & Feature Stories

Old West - A Pioneer Christmas

Wisdom of the Old West

Newsletter Exclusive Offer

Featured Product

Feedback and Suggestions




More to See:

Rocky Mountain General Store - Legends retail outlet.

Photo Prints - Our growing gallery of Vintage and Modern photos from our Photo Print Shop.

Legends Facebook Fan Page - Daily posts and photos.

Legends of America Hits the Highway - Our blog when we travel or just want to opine.

Ghost Towns of the American West Facebook Page - Dedicated to the Ghost Town lover.

Vintage Photos Of America - Facebook Page - Dedicated to history in photos.

Native American History, Photos and Information - Facebook Page - All things Native American.

Legends of Kansas - Dedicated to the state we started the business in, and lived in for the majority of our lives.





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New Additions & Featured Stories

This time of year, Kathy and I are pretty wrapped up in the retail side of things, so not a lot of new stories since our newsletter of just a few weeks ago.  However we did get a couple of dandy's from Jim Hinckley and Grady Winston.


George Catlin painting "Ball Players"Grady reached out to us this week and asked if we had ever thought about Native American Sports.  He wrote up a quick story on Lacrosse, and how it's routed in Tribal Tradition.  It's a great read that shows how "war" isn't always the answer to conflict, and how Native American's used this sport to settle their disputes.  Grady even does some comparisons between the game as we know it today, and how it was for the tribes.  Read Lacrosse - Routed in Tribal Tradition by Grady Winston HERE.


Jim Hinckley also added to his growing story count on Legends, as he helps us expand further into the history of the Automobile and more!  Bathtubs, Birdcages & Chevrolet tells the story of the early years, when the fledgling auto was such a novelty that even astute businessmen such as Montgomery Ward saw it as little more than a fad that would soon pass.  That would all change though and lead to what Jim calls "The Automotive Gold Rush.  Another fantastic addition from Mr. Hinckley that we are sure you will enjoy. Read Bathtubs, Birdcages & Chevrolet.



We always have a lot of new additions in the pipeline, so check our What's New page often.



Wisdom From the Old West


Generally speaking, fancy titles and nightshirts are a waste of time.


Some people grin and bear it. Other people smile and change it.


No tree is too big for a short dog to lift his leg on.




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A Pioneer Christmas

Old West Christmas

Harper's Weekly showing and 1876 Christmas


By the mid 1800s the American Christmas tradition included much of the same customs and festivities as is does today, including tree decorating, gift-giving, Santa Claus, greeting cards, stockings by the fire, church activities and family-oriented days of feasting and fun.

But, for those in the Old West, far away from the more civilized life of the east, pioneers, cowboys, explorers, and mountain men, usually celebrated Christmas with homemade gifts and humble fare.

Christmas for many in the Old West was a difficult time. For those on the prairies, they were often barraged with terrible blizzards and savage December winds. For mountain men, forced away from their mining activities long before Christmas, in fear of the blinding winter storms and freezing cold, the holidays were often meager. But, to these strong pioneers, Christmas would not be forgotten, be it ever so humble.

Determined to bring the spirit of Christmas alive on the American frontier, soldiers could be heard caroling at their remote outposts, the smell of venison roasting over an open hearth wafted upon the winds of the open prairie, and these hardy pioneers looked forward to the chance to forget their hard everyday lives to focus on the holiday.


Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote of the preparations for Christmas on the Kansas Prairie: "Ma was busy all day long, cooking good things for Christmas. She baked salt-rising bread and r'n'Injun bread, and Swedish crackers, and huge pan of baked beans, with salt pork and molasses. She baked vinegar pies and dried-apple pies, and filled a big jar with cookies, and she let Laura and Mary lick the cake spoon. "That very Christmas, Laura Ingalls was delighted to find a shiny new tin cup, a peppermint candy, a heart shaped cake, and a brand new penny in her stocking. For in those days, these four small gifts in her stocking were a wealth of gifts to the young girl.


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Dave Alexander
Owner/Operations Mgr.


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