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My Sister Has COVID and Loves Christmas so This is For Her

My little sister loves Christmas so much that she watches Christmas movies in January, February, March, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December. I don’t know why she doesn’t watch them in April. There is just something about April that causes her not to watch them.

I suspect it’s because she devotes her April to listening to David Cassidy of the Partridge Family singing his 1970 hit, I Think I Love You over and over and over and over again.

Our Mother once told me she suspected it was because David Cassidy’s birthday was April 12th. I’m not going to tell you what our Father said about it because it might hurt her feelings…and who wants to hurt their sister’s feelings in December, so close to Christmas time, especially if they have COVID.

Yes, it’s true. Bobbi and her husband, Perry both tested positive for COVID-19 last week. When I called to check on her yesterday, she was too busy to stay on the phone. Perry and her were putting a train track together around their Christmas tree. No one has time to talk with their favorite and one-and-only sibling when there’s a miniature train to erect.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that she starts preparing for the next one at midnight each December 26th.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that she doesn’t sing The Twelve Days of Christmas like most people. She sings The Three Hundred and Sixtyfive Days of Christmas. Except on Leap Years, when she bellows out The Three Hundred and Sixtysix Days of Christmas. Her Advent Calender is even 365 days.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that a large portion of her garage and storage shed is dedicated to interior and exterior decorations. That’s for the decorations she doesn’t leave up all year.

My little sister loves Christmas so much my parents had to beg the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Cupid to come by our house because they were so jealous.

My little sister loves Christmas so much she plays Christmas music beginning on St. Patrick’s Day.

My little sister loves Christmas music so much she has more Christmas music than I do Elvis Presley recordings…and I have them all.

My little sister loves Christmas so much she infuses peppermint in every dessert and drink she consumes from Halloween through January 3rd, her birthday. Peppermint is a major food group in their pantry.

Bobbi & Perry with her good friend.

My little sister loves Christmas so much a closet is dedicated to overflowing festive accessories and ugly Christmas sweaters.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that she literally dreams of a white Christmas every night in December. But she lives near San Antonio, Texas and it never snows on Christmas there.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that, despite it being 87 degrees in the foot of the Texas Hill Country, she will turn on the air conditioning and watch a Yule log burn on her television.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that when you visit during the holidays it looks like Santa’s Workshop exploded.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that her home smells like Mrs. Claus’ Bakery…a block away before arriving.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that no one really knows how many Christmas Trees are on their property and in their home.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that Santa hats, reindeer antlers, ties with snowflakes on them, Christmas light earrings, fuzzy socks that are lined with red and green designs— all of these things and more— are required clothing to wear throughout the final quarter of the year. She thinks Business Casual means a full-on elf costume.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that many times she takes her summer vacation to Disney World for the annual Christmas celebrations throughout their theme parks. This started when their daughter Jessica was an infant over three decades ago.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that she’s good friends with Santa Claus. Seriously. Ever since she was a toddler, there was not even a hint of apprehension or fear approaching Jolly Saint Nick at grocery stores, shopping malls or Christmas festival.

I heard him many times call her by name even before she sat on his lap, or yell and wave at her from the top of a Christmas parade sleigh float. They are truly friends.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that she knows where all the best Christmas lights are. She doesn’t settle for the best inflatable snowman and twinkling lights in the neighborhood. Bobbi knows where all the most amazing and spectacular displays are in the region…and will drive across the state of Texas if necessary to see them.

My little sister loves Christmas so much that she knows the real reason for Christmas.

God Bless Perry, Bobbi and Jessica Shipman this Christmas Season and Always.

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  1. I loved it all, thank you for sharing!
    Praying your little sis an husband recover completely!! doesn’t sound like they are letting covid get them down.

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  2. Loved your story today. Your sister is a treasure and one of a kind. Easy to buy a gift for too! Any Christmas-related gift anytime of the year will work just fine.

    Please keep us updated on the Covid situation.

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  3. Jack, this is a wonderful story ❤. I love the way you describe your family in your writings. Praying for Bobbie and Perry to be healthy and strong soon.

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    • God Bless you Brenda. Please know our love and prayers surround you. We’ve both been through the losses you are enduring and we hurt just knowing what you’re experiencing. Thank you for your kind sentiments and readership. 💚💛

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