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The holiday season is always a great time to reflect on the memories of our youth.  This season I was reflecting upon my youth and remembering all those times my sister and I would sneak into our presents before Christmas.  I remember one year in particular when mom threatened us that if she caught us snooping she would give all of our presents away.  Even those threatening words couldn’t stop us.  Sandy, my older sister, was a great present sneaker opener-upper (is that a word??).  That particular year of the threat we opened up presents that our grandparents sent us from Pennsylvania.  The necklaces were beautiful and I couldn’t wait until Christmas morning to open them for real!  On Christmas morning when I opened my necklace I began to protest that this wasn’t MY necklace!!  Immediately my sister shot me a look and my mom said what do you mean, the tag had your name on it.  My sister upon seeing both necklaces decided she liked mine better and switched the tags!  I of course could not let my mom know we had snooped and was destined to wear the less prettier necklace!

Reflect upon memories from your youth and begin to write them down.  As you begin to reflect more and more memories will surface, I promise!  You may be surprised what you remember…just now I thought about our tradition of getting to open up one present on Christmas eve, how funny that it was always our new pj’s!

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