Bring them along

Real Estate Agent with Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International

At Christmas especially, we miss those we loved who are no longer here on earth with us. We talk about them, we shed a few tears. This year, my daughter, Tami, and I both had the same feelings. When I woke up yesterday, it was to say Happy Birthday to my Mom, who died a few years ago. Part of Christmas Eve was always taking a separate part of the day to celebrate her birthday, so it wouldn't be mashed in with Christmas.

After that, I decided to wear her ring, as well as my grandmother's, and put them on a gold chain around my neck. It just seemed the right thing to do. I didn't do that in prior years, but this Christmas it just seemed right. Tami was thinking of Aunt Lil, who shared over 30 Christmases with us - and put on her ring, and wore one of her necklaces. Strange that we both decided to remember in this way, and to take them with us to share yet another Christmas.

Our older son, Rusty, who is in northern California, chose an unusual way to be with us this morning. He sent a package to The Simms Clan, to be refrigerated upon arrival, with strict instructions, NOT to open it until Christmas morning, and to take it to his brother Rob's house for all of us to share this morning. It's a freshly smoked salmon, sent directly from the smokehouse. He told me it was coming from Trinidad, and I was trying to figure out how Trinidad would have cold water salmon....until I read the label, that Katy's Smokehouse was in Trinidad, California!

My daughter-in-law, Patricia, spent several Christmases a coast away from her daughter, April. Each year the two would set aside a couple hours for a phone call, and each open their presents from each other while on the phone. Too bad they couldn't be set up with cameras so they could watch each other as they opened them.

Enjoy your Christmas, and share it with those you love - wherever they are. 

Sharon Simms, Real Estate Agent selling homes in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Gulf Beaches and the Tampa Bay area.   

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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group
CHRISTIE'S International Real Estate
238 Beach Drive NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 898-2582



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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Sharon ~ your traditions sound wonderful and I bet the salmon was delicious! You have a wonderful family, what a credit to your Mothering!

Merry Christmas,


Dec 25, 2006 12:36 AM #1
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
Sharon, Merry Christmas to you and I hope you make wonderful memories this holiday season.
Dec 25, 2006 12:59 AM #2
Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel

mmmmm.  Smoked salmon!  You have a creative son.

This is a time for remembering. 

Dec 25, 2006 02:25 AM #3
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL

Maureen, it's the same son who surprised me on my 60th birthday with poki - he ordered the fresh tuna and the indigenous seaweed from Oahu, and arranged it through friends we met in Hawaii.  He IS creative!

Dec 25, 2006 09:06 PM #4
Ed DeChristopher
Fredericksburg Realty, Inc. - Fredericksburg, VA
CRS Fredericksburg VA

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas Sharon.

Your tale about grandmothers reminded me yet another time that my paternal grandmother died on Christmas eve.  She was 93 and had lived a wonderful life.  Incidentally, my maternal grandmother (Della McLaughlin) died on St. Patrick's day.  She was in her late 80's and sure picked a great day for an Irish gal.

Dec 25, 2006 10:01 PM #5
Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN
I am thankful every Christams that my parents are still with us.  I get to spend holidays with my parents and my children which is a blessing!
Dec 26, 2006 10:24 PM #6
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