FRAZIER: Resurrecting memories from Christmases past

Published 4:00 am Saturday, October 15, 2022

It still seems too hot outside to be talking about Christmas, but I am going to do it anyway.

Our holiday issue of the Vicksburg Living magazine is coming together, and we are encouraging readers to submit a photo to be featured in its pages. As many folks know, at the end of each issue we include submitted photographs from readers.

In our September/October issue, we had an outpouring of locals submitting a Halloween favorite. It was obvious many of the photographs had been taken in the recent past, but then there were the ones that dated back 30-some-odd years ago.

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My friend Belynda Waring sent in some of these great oldies. What nostalgia to see kids that are all grown up now, and with children of their own.

Oh, and by the way, the photos from Belynda were real-meal-deal photos. They had been taken with a film camera since neither digital nor cell phones were around in the 80s.

Belynda had conveyed to me she had a lot of fun going back through her old photographs, and I know exactly what she was talking about.

Last week, I was reorganizing the shelves where I keep my boxes of photos and found myself opening them up and looking at pictures. Truth be told, I got a little sidetracked from the original task at hand, but I sure did enjoy my walk down memory lane.

A couple of weeks ago, more old memories showed up at my door.

A while back, my cousin’s son had volunteered to convert all my old CDs to digital, and the digital files finally arrived.

A shout-out to my cousin, Betsy, who wound up paying for them to be converted professionally. Her son got bogged down with work and she paid to have them all done.

Her gift has been truly priceless. Tears were rolling down my face watching my children when they were young.

Also, seeing myself as a young mother was eye-opening. I had always thought I was less than cute, but when I saw myself without wrinkles and a tire around my waist, I had to re-think my perspective.

The submitted photographs in Vicksburg Living magazine are one of my favorite things about the product.

Not only because it’s fun looking at them, but for me, it also means our readers get to be part of The Vicksburg Post team — and I thank all who have contributed and who will contribute to the 2022 Holiday issue.

We have had the deadline posted on our website and Facebook page, but if you missed it, we are taking Christmas photos through Monday.

Last year, one of the submitted photos was chosen as the cover, just saying.

So don’t forget, Monday. And you can email them to me at terri.frazier@vicksburgpost.com or news@vicksburgpost.com.

Please don’t forget to include the names of all who are in the photo. I think I have prattled on so long, the temperature might have gone down a couple of degrees.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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