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MONDAY MUSINGS: It’s almost Christmas – Don’t forget the important things

It’s almost Christmas. I hope life isn’t too frantic for you. When I look back on life, there is one thing I will always regret and wish I could do over, it’s that I worried too much about shopping, decorating and all the myriad of things to do while planning for Christmas and the holidays


Enjoy with family

I should have spent more time with my family while I had them at home. Instead, I let the numerous tasks overwhelm me and take up too much precious time that I should have shared with my loved ones. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Take time to enjoy the holidays with your family.

All I Needed to Know About
Life I learned from Santa

  • Encourage people to believe in you.
  • Always remember who’s naughty and who’s nice.
  • Don’t pout.
  • It’s as much fun to give as it is to receive.
  • Some days it’s ok to feel a little chubby.
  • Make your presents (presence) known.
  • Always ask for a little bit more than what you really want.
  • Bright red can make anyone look good.
  • Wear a wide belt and no-one will notice how many pounds you’ve gained.
  • If you only show up once a year, everyone will think you’re very important.
  • Whenever you’re at a loss for words, say:
    “HO, HO, HO!”

Excerpt from The Cyclopedia of the Colored Baptists of Alabama – Their Leaders and Their Work copyright 1896

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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