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    “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” Dr. Seuss

    Ginger and I (especially Ginger) have tried to teach our children it’s better to give than receive. In actuality, I think we both did a very good job.

    The Godfrey’s held their early Christmas on December 20, 2014. And guess what? One hundred percent of our kids, their kids, and their kids showed up.

    Ginger was beaming the entire evening.

    As time passes by, it gets harder and harder to get everyone in one place.
    Saturday was no exception. We were scheduled to dine at 6:00 p.m. Everyone was accounted for at 6:45 p.m.

    We enjoyed three kids, three spouses, nine grandchildren, three better halves, three great grandchildren, three boy or girl friends, and two smiling parents. One of which was thinking to him self, what were you thinking?

    Grandchild number three, Taylor Sargent Marston, and her husband Kyle flew in from Germany. It had been too long for us to enjoy their company at Christmas.

    During our exchange of gifts, Taylor got up and reported that just being home was their Christmas present to all of us. “We do have a card for everyone.” When we opened the card, we saw as picture of Taylor and Kyle, with this message: “We received a wonderful present this Christmas, that everyone can enjoy, but we can’t open it until July 15th, 2015.”

    To say everyone went ballistic, would be an under statement. It was more like Ohio State beating Alabama.

    This Christmas, like most Christmases has brought happiness and joy to Ginger and I, plus another memory that will be talked about for many years to come. From my family to yours, have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

    This week’s bottom line: “Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven’s making.” –Leigh Hunt

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