Advent Calendar: Holiday Happenings!

Prompt: December 15 – The Holiday Happenings!
Often times December to mid-January birthdays get overshadowed 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 in your family tree. Write a short tribute to or memory of those birthday guys or gals and write a toast to the anniversary couples.

I always felt really sorry for my little sister.  Her birthday is 2 weeks before Christmas and she never got to have full-up parties, because the family was getting together for Christmas and couldn’t make it twice in such a short time period.  She often got presents that were for “both your birthday and Christmas”.  And I’m guilty of  not making her birthday special.  I always tend to put her birthday present in the same box as her Christmas present (which never gets there before her birthday).  Shame on me!

I have a late-August birthday, when there aren’t any other holidays around, making mine a special time to gather – and get presents.  I sometimes felt guilty that she didn’t have the same.

Looking through my Legacy program, I noticed that my 2nd great-grandparents, Jacob Frederick Sanchez-Tereso and Mathilda Jane Brittain, were married on Christmas Eve 1857.  She was only 13  and he was 33.  Wow!  I wonder if that was a joyful time for her or not.  I’m sure it had to be scary to leave your home and get married at so young an age.  Their first child was born 2 years later, when she was only 15.

Do you have a holiday birthday or anniversary?  Did you enjoy having it so close to Christmas?

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