Holiday Happenings

Today’s Advent of Christmas Memories 2011 features Holiday Happenings.  Here’s the assignment:

Often times December to mid-January birthdays and anniversaries get over shadowed by the Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year holidays. So we’re going to shine a spotlight on those family members and ancestors this time around. Select one or more December to mid-January birthdays and/or anniversaries on your family tree. Write a short tribute to or memory of those birthday guys and gals and write a toast to the anniversary couples.

The three most important birthdays in December are my wife, Kara, and two daughters, Marijke and Bridget.  Kara’s birthday is Dec 29 (I’m not telling her age!).  Marijke aka Annie, (she’s lucky she gets an aka!) was born Dec 31, 1999.  She was the last child born in the year 1999 in that Abilene, TX hospital!  Bridget (alas, no aka) was born Dec 21, 2002 in Rapid City, South Dakota.

If anyone gets the short end of the stick with the holiday birthdays, I imagine it’s Kara.  Everyone is petered out by that point.  Bridget is still a few days before Christmas so it’s really just buying an extra gift.  Marijke’s birthday falls on New Year’s Eve so that’s usually a little party in and of itself.  Yup, it’s Kara.  Hopefully, this year we can change that.

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