Dear Reader:

I decided since today, December 29, is my ” baby’s’ ( Tommy) benchmark birthday … I would finally find a way to add a little humor to everybody whose December birthday falls around Christmas and New Year’s … many feeling ( rightfully so ) that the get gipped every year … as the card adds: ” Two birds, one stone, and all that!”)

December ” babies” end up getting one present for two separate occasions-Christmas and birthday. For years J tried my best to still give the boys ( Walsh-” Kringle Dingle” ( 23) and Tommy -” Deduction Dingle” ( 29) a family birthday on the 23rd for both… then have Christmas Eve at my house and the church service storytelling and take a dish for Christmas dinner and now exchange presents at Mandy and John’s brunch. Whew!

That is why these precious days between Christmas and New Year’s ( including this year -the Orangest of Orange Bowls on the 30th) are the time to squeeze in some much needed R&R!

After checking out dozens of December birthday cards… I was thrilled to find the humorous Merry Birthmas! A new word for the Dingles now! A combination of birthday and Christmas.

*** Maybe it will catch on like George Constanza’s father’s Festivus in Seinfeld.

So one ” Birthmas” card is heading to Tommy today… along with a story I wrote him about his first and only Christmas stocking from his beloved grandmother ( my mother) ” Me-Mommy.” She bought it in 1982 when we didn’t know exactly when Tommy would make his appearance… so the stocking stayed empty on the mantle that year since Tommy’s appearance got delayed by four days… but we both know that it really wasn’t empty… it was filled with anticipation and love.

My first ” Birthmas” card went to my neighbor Vickie who loved it so much-she wanted to get another for her son John who was born on Christmas… so I added another to my Amazon order. Every birthday recipient who has gotten one wants one themselves to send to another December birthday friend or family member!

Aunt Susan had ‘ way back when’ made Mandy and Walsh’s stockings with their names and adorable Christmas appliqués. But years later Susan offered to make a matching stocking for Tommy … ” Nope” he loved his Me-mommy stocking. So today he is getting it back …still packed with love!

Walsh’s stocking

A shout-out to Tommy on a special birthday!

Tommy meeting with then Mayor Berlin Myers to interview him for ” Living Legends Look A -Likes! “
This Christmas with Kaitlyn and the ” boys ”

So until tomorrow…May the blessings of Christmas and birthdays welcome in more LOVE… we can never get enough! Happy Birthday Tommy!

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

Happy Birthday to all my December Readers!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to MERRY BIRTHMAS!

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Happy Birthday to Tommy…hope he has a great day. And I need to get some of those cards for Emmie and Ruthie…

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Yes… everybody has Christmas birthdays in the family it appears with the same annual problem of trying to squeeze everything into a small amount of time…

      Sent from my iPhone

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