Fw: A Genealogists Christmas Eve
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From: "Linda M. Baker-Mitchell" <oomi1@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2002 10:18 AM
Subject: A Genealogists Christmas Eve
> by Sandra Devlin
> 'Twas the night before Christmas and inside my house Little
> was stirring, except my computer mouse. Our descendants were nestled all
> snug in their beds, While visions of ancestors danced in their heads.
> So I at my laptop, near trusty old printer Put the finishing
> touches to the project of winter, The gift I had promised for under the
> tree A product of love, the family genealogy. My table with
> clutter galore was aspread with pedigree charts of the living and dead;
> old yellowed photos, letters of yore, wills and diaries chronicling days
> from before. While others bought gifts at Wall-Mart or
> Sears, I'd spent my time searching birth dates and years. No need for
> ribbons or fancy gift wrappings, This gift had a way of transcending the
> trappings. While surveying the charts with one final proof,
> I must have missed the sound on the roof. For what to my wondering eyes
> did appear, But the jolly old elf, replete in his gear.
> Searching my face, old Santa could sense My Christmas spirit
> was extremely intense. He spied my research on the table spread out, "A
> genealogist!" he exclaimed, "that removes any doubt." As I
> climbed up the stairs feeling quite in the pink, I looked back at Santa
> and shared a sly wink. For he and I know that the gift of oneself, Beats
> anything bought from a department store shelf.
> >>>>>>From the Marshall County WV List Merry Christmas to all.
> Linda M. <<<<<<<<