I’m gonna take you back to Christmas Eve 1975ish. My mom’s (aka Vee) side of the family always gathered on Christmas Eve to swap gifts, hang out, eat, play cards, eat, laugh, eat….and DRINK! Head count…Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw, five daughters, 5 son-in-laws, 12 grandchildren, Granny Parker, and anyone else that might want to drop by. There were people in the den, kitchen, dining room, and probably outside.
Paw-Paw always gave his teenage wife her gift on this night. Well, Maw-Maw got a stereo for Christmas that year. As the night rolled along, the atmosphere started to change. Somebody wanted to try the stereo out. I think it was Don (Sue’s husband). So, plug it up…and CRANK IT UP! There were people dancing. MawMaw was jitterbugging. Paw-Paw was dancing. Don, Sue, Tim and Sandra were doing some 70 some kind of disco dance. The air was ALIVE! Oh my …..it was LOUD….it was CRAZY…it was GREAT! Friends of the community started coming. I remember the Parker boys. Helen and Billy Parker came by. I will say this, this is my favorite Parker Christmas. But, all of a sudden, one of Vee’s sisters STORMED in. M.A.D.! Her party animal of husband was S.I.C.K! Friends, it wasn’t from chips and dip or too many chicken wings…it was from betting with PawPaw! All of the son-in-laws, except Wayne, bet Paw-Paw that they could hang with him …DRINKING! They were drunk as bicycles! Of course, as kids we had no idea what was going on. It was just super fun. Later as teenagers, Maw-Maw told us all about it. “The men were doing ok until William (Paw-Paw) brought out that dang MOONSHINE!” Tim (Sandra’s husband) got sick as a dog. I do remember him outside. I also remember the QUIET ride home in our car. I also remember on Christmas Day Lillie Parker lowered the boom. The stereo was placed back where it belonged. The men were playing cards and keeping a real low profile, and the kids…well, we goofed off as normal. Lillie Parker didn’t want a replay of the night before…but….I SURE DID! I’m sure there were folks that got mad. The night the boys took on PawPaw was one for the record books!