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.
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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Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.