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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ANDREW GREY!
For me and my family, Christmas was always a family time. I know that sounds a bit cliché, but it was the one time of year when everyone was usually together.
My aunt lived in Anchorage, Alaska and she visited my grandmother every Christmas. My first holiday memories are spending the night in Grandma’s big house, every room filled, presents tumbling from under the tree that almost reached the ten foot ceiling. My parents and grandparents always made a big show of going downstairs to make sure Santa had been there. It was a magical time.
The reason I’m thinking about this particular memory is because two weeks ago, I was cleaning out our attic and I stumbled across an old box that’s moved with us a number of times and we’ve never unpacked it. So I slit open the tape and began withdrawing the contents. Mostly I found a bunch of crap that I should have thrown out two moves ago, but under everything else, wrapped in an old blanket, I found the stuffed bear I received one of those memorable Christmases so long ago. He’s missing and eye and is sort of lumpy, probably from over loving, but that doesn’t matter. He was a gift from my grandmother and instead of sitting in the attic he now sits in my grandmother’s rocking chair, the very same one I was rocked in as a child. I wouldn’t generally describe myself as a sentimental person, but maybe it’s time to change that.
Please comment on this post about a Christmas present you thought was gone, but found years later. One lucky commenter will win a ebook copy of Andrew’s book “A Present in Swaddling Clothes” – All winners will be announced on Christmas Day.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania. More about his books at his website..
The BONUS BUMPER PRIZE QUESTION (don’t answer this yet – write them down and I’ll ask you to email them in on Christmas Eve.)
5. What – in the song – were roasting on an open fire?