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A January Christmas

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Posted 01-28-2013 at 01:30 PM by lauriebear
Updated 01-28-2013 at 01:32 PM by lauriebear (add category)

I was going through some old letters and cards that were in a draw. As I was doing this of course I stopped and read a few, one really caught my attention though, from a neighbor that passed away. It was a little sad and a whole lot glad. I hadn't remembered this letter and couldn't believe my luck at finding it. She wrote, "Dear Laurie, I wanted to thank you for the brownies this past Christmas, it was so nice of you to remember me. It brought back lovely memories of days spent baking with my daughters. One thing we did was bake Christmas Cookies in January. Every January we would set a day aside and gather around to bake and talk. I started this in 1965 when Mindy was 4, and Carol was 9. We so enjoyed having a little Christmas in January that we continued to do it for many years. I do not quite remember when we stopped, but life soon got in the way, I called my girls today and we have a Christmas in January set up for next week, I have you and your lovely brownies to thank. I will be sure to save you a few cookies. With the warmest of wishes for a Happy Christmas, Louise" This letter was sent to me in 2008 (yes a while since I cleaned out the letter draw I guess LOL). Sadly Louise passed away in August of that same year, a little unexpected. Yes, she did save me a few of the cookies, they were very tasty that I remember, I actually cried a little, but not because I was sad, because I realized that my brownie reunited a tradition (even only if it was for that day) of a family that now her "girls" had a valuable memory of their mothers last Christmas in January. I decided then and there I would have my own, it will be on Friday, 1/31. I called a few girlfriends and we are all getting together. I love how something as simple as cleaning out a letter draw brought such a wonderful turn of events. I decided to dedicate this January Christmas to Louise, I sure hope she sees us and it bring her joy. I miss my friend, my neighbor, now I will be able to keep her memory alive, hopefully my girlfriends will do this with there families, who knows where it can lead too. We may see January Christmas popping up all over.

I wish I knew Louise's daughters last names, or had a way to contact them, I sure would love them to have a copy of this letter. I asked the couple who bought the condo from Louise's family if they still had a way to get in touch so I hope that pans out. I cannot believe how such a small thing like giving brownies to someone can brighten a day. I hope you all get a plate of "brownies" and it brightens your day.

Here's to celebrating A January Christmas, won't you join me?
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    This sounds like such a lovely tradition. Be sure to let us know if you were able to make contact with Louise's daughters and how your Christmas in January goes !! Thank you for another wonderful blog. (((HUGS))) to you xo
    Posted 01-28-2013 at 02:09 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    CM3 - than you yes I was able too and I sent a copy to them both - it was so nice!
    Posted 02-08-2013 at 08:14 AM by lauriebear lauriebear is offline
 
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