My favorite Christmas memory happened in May

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695
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I would say that I have led a very blessed life. I got to know three of my great grand parents, all of my grandparents (one lived until I was in my 40s). My parents were great and they are still both alive and healthy and have been married for nearly 54 years.

My daughter is a shining example of the kind of child a parent wants to have.  She's smart, driven, hard working and currently growing a tiny little human I will get to spoil and love beyond words. My step sons are really good people too.  And I love both of them dearly.

My brother is amazing.  He's been the best uncle to my daughter and he loves animals and has a good heart. I know he'd do anything I asked of him. My in laws are fantastic and welcomed me into the family like I'd always been a part of their lives and love me as much as they love my Donald.

My happy Christmas memories are many... from remembering my first childhood bicycle to hours and hours of family and friends playing Monopoly (who knew I'd love real estate so much as an adult) when I was buying all those properties and putting houses and hotels on them?  The beginning of the tradition of my Christmas letter from Donald is also a very treasured memory as is each and every letter.  This year will be my 18th Christmas letter.

But in the end the favorite Christmas memory among the vast amount of ones I have is a little on the selfish side because it's a me moment.  In January of 2014 my family had a fire and Christmas went up in flames.  Our house was saved, but our storage building was lost and Christmas was tidy and boxed up.  Half a century of Christmas was boxed up.  Ornaments and beads that had been on EVERY single tree I'd ever had.

It was an accidental fire and my heart had no anger about it, but it was filled with profound and heavy sadness.  As I dealt with insurance and replacing items I would find myself taking a little me cry time daily for months on end. I was still functioning and doing all the things I needed to do, and one day in May I hoped a curio cabinet to add something that had been a gift and I picked up a cup and there inside it in my curio cabinet was the strand of beads... the ones that had been on ALL my trees. 

Year after year as my mom had strung those beads on the tree she would tell the story of my first Christmas.  My dad was in the Navy and we were far from family and money was slim and the tree was sparse.  So my daddy took a necklace of plastic red beads (they look a little like red hots) that was a ten strand necklace and took it apart and tied the ends together. That became the "garland" on my first Christmas tree in 1965.  And when I left home in 1984 my mom had given them to me, and they had been on every tree.  

That day in May when I opened my curio cabinet and found them might have been in spring, but it was my Christmas miracle and it's a wonderful warm memory. 

 

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Nathan Gesner
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That's a great memory! The smallest things can have the biggest impact because of the people we shared with. Have a Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2017 06:12 AM #16
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Merry Christmas, Tammy. I'm delighted you found those beads--a treasured gift for sure.

 

Dec 25, 2017 07:58 AM #17
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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My heart jumped with the same joy when you shared that the beads were in that cup Tammy Lankford, Thanks for the moment.

Dec 25, 2017 11:30 AM #18
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What a wonderful story to share today, Tammy. There are pros and cons to be attached to things. A few years ago, I donated all of my ornaments, artificial trees, Xmas stuff to the Goodwill. I haven't been home for Christmas for years, and certainly not staying at my residence in Sacramento. 

My sister sent me a Christmas ornament that my mother had, which used to belong to her grandmother. It has survived a fire at my grandmother's house, and was passed down. There were originally 7, I think, elves, sitting on a wire wreath, and each had their own personality. They either came from France or Germany. I keep that elf hanging from a potted plant in my bedroom now year round.

Mele Kilikimaka!

Dec 25, 2017 01:58 PM #19
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Oh Tammy, I want to cry. What a terrific find and memory. Thanks for sharing your memory. Have a blessed New Year.

Dec 26, 2017 09:03 PM #20
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Richie Alan Naggar thanks.  I do hold great memories in my heart.

Dorie Dillard I now keep them in the safe from year to year to keep them safe.

Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS it made my heart to joyful

Dec 26, 2017 09:38 PM #21
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John Pusa yes it's a wonderful family I have.

Claude Labbe I believe.

Jeff Dowler the disasters (tornado and fire) in my life have given me a greater understanding of priorities and what family really means and that memories trump "stuff"

Dec 26, 2017 09:41 PM #22
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Inna Ivchenko Hope your holidays are nice.

Bob Crane I'm such a sentimental human.

Sheila Anderson I got to be with my entire family, it was wonderful.

Dec 26, 2017 09:42 PM #23
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Brian England oh not SOME beads, THE beads.  the 1965 ones.  I'm just not sure how they got there.

Kat Palmiotti I've learned having less, doesn't have to me doing without anything you need if you are creative. Love that my daddy taught me that.

Nathan Gesner exactly, I'm a very sentimental human.

 

Dec 26, 2017 09:50 PM #24
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Lottie Kendall me too.  Truly a gift.

Bob "RealMan" Timm now they live in the safe from tree to tree.

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents I'm glad you have your "elf on shelf... eh I mean planter"  And while I know my sentimentality may not be healthy... it is who I am.

Dec 26, 2017 09:53 PM #25
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Rebecca Gaujot I cry every year when I string them on the tree.  Happy and sentimental tears.

Dec 26, 2017 09:55 PM #26
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Yes, dear Tammy, what a lovely week, few more days and 2017 is over....:) 

Dec 26, 2017 11:15 PM #27
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It is often the memories and keepsakes that are the most priceless without regard to their cost.

Dec 27, 2017 05:18 AM #28
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Tammy - lovely - and a tear-jerker - but one of happiness for you! Those little things are the things that are absolutely priceless - something I need to think of more often! Have a Happy and Successful New Year!

Dec 27, 2017 10:24 AM #29
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Susan Mangigian
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I'm so happy that you found those beads.  I love you, Tammy.  Happen 2018!!! 

Dec 27, 2017 12:58 PM #30
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Thanks for the wonderful story, Tammy. Life is good, isn’t it? Found memories are wonderful.

Dec 29, 2017 08:30 AM #31
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Tammy Lankford, a very sweet and touching Christmas post, thank you for sharing.

 I am starting early on my New Year's wishes as I have limited time to play in the Rain this week and I don't want to miss anyone!  So....

Dec 29, 2017 12:40 PM #32
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Tammy- what an absolutely wonderful story!!! I can see why those beads are so cherished, and this was the perfect story for a Christmas (in May) memory. 

Dec 29, 2017 06:14 PM #33
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Hi Tammy, what a wonderful story. I am so glad that you found the string of Christmas beads.

Dec 30, 2017 02:25 PM #34
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Hello Tammy,

What a heart felt post and so glad you found the beads!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year :o)

Dec 31, 2017 01:35 PM #35
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