Heart of a Southern Woman

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The Royal Red Divas—celebrate in a Christmas Parade!

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Most of the Divas in our group of red hatters had never been in a parade! But here we were–riding in convertibles, tossing candy, waving, shouting “Merry Christmas” , playing our        kazoos, and laughing all the way! What a great morning! 

      The Divas got together the day before the parade, to drink wine and decorate the cars! In that order!  It’s a wonder we figured it all out! It was a group effort, for sure, and we had so much fun together! 

The hat bouquets were a brilliant idea from a Diva, and we put a bouquet on the front and backs of the cars. The boas lined the windshields and spoiler. Our banners decorated one side of each car, then fans, bows, magnets, hats and boas did the rest! We had to plan the decorations Friday, and figure out how they’d be attached to the cars so as not to ruin any one’s paint! We didn’t want to leave the decorations on overnight, and let the dew get them wet! So we got everything planned, and prepared 

the best we could, 
then the next morning,
 we met to line up for the parade,
 decorated the cars, 
and played in anticipation!  
We Divas can do anything! 

A good part of the reason we are so successful, is that everybody helps out!  Yours truly, Queen of Perpetual Joy and Popcorn Peach Pie ordered the banners, only after consulting with the group on the design and cost.  Princess Luv-a-Lot sewed the hat bouquets together and to the strings to tie them around the hoods and trunks, donated her fan for decoration, and brought beautiful bows for the antennas!  Princess Sweet Magnolia was the first to figure out how to attach things, and the first to be ever present holding this measuring that, arranging with her great design talent, and taking pictures. Everyone made a monetary donation, which was mostly for the banners! Lady Diamond bought us all bows to wear on our Santa Hats–lavender bows for the pink hatters, those under 50, and purple for the red Santa hats for those 50 and older! Princess Sweet Melody and Princess Pinkalova GaGa both provided cars and drove!  Sweet Melody also shopped early for tape, string, rope, magnets, hooks…everything we might need to get the job done!  We needed scissors, safety pins…lists and more lists. But we are women…we are used to that!  Lively Lady Lorna, and HRH Magnetic Monica brought candy to toss to the children and stopped to buy batteries for the boom box to be played on the parade route!  Princess Luv a Lot asked her family to help–and they bought 800 lollipops! Since we’re in a very small town, we thought surely we’d never give all of them out! But boy were we wrong! We could easily have given out twice as many! There was a crowd of people there!  
      Jivin’ Jester Judy showed up Saturday morning dressed to the hilt in a beautiful sparkly purple tunic! As we oohed and aahed, she told us it had belonged to and been made by her sister, recently deceased, who was also a red hatter!  We were very emotional about the legacy and the meaning for her!  

  As three of us grandmothers stood side by side Saturday morning, we realized that we were called by our grandchildren: GiGi (sounds like gee gee), GaGa, and GeeGee (pronounced like “key” with a hard G) For some reason that struck us as being so funny and we kept on calling ourselves by those names!  One of our members had all seven of her grandchildren present at the parade, my two were there, and I met several others as well! Of course, Santa was present and came to visit with our grandchildren and with us–THE BEAUTIFUL ROYAL RED DIVAS! 


Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

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