Advent Calendar: Day 15 – Holiday Happenings!

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.
~Menachem Mendel Schneerson

In tribute to the ancestors whose birthdays and anniversaries may have fallen through the cracks during all the holiday chaos.

The birthdays
Mary Irwin
Luvinia (Swanay) Martin
Fethias Smith
George W. Swanay
Joseph F. Brown
Mararet (Delaney) Harms
Almina (Hughes) Blanton
Sarah Jane (Swatzel) Dunn
Margaret (White) Kopp
Hannah Thompson
Serena (Baxter) Brown
Myda McGraw
Mary Jane (Grogan) McGraw
Eliza Jane (Thompson) Swatzel
Mary “Polly” (Hays) Swanay
Polly (Brown) Hartman
Susan Dunn
Peter Swatzel
Susannah (Kiser) Swanay
The Anniversaries
Malinda Taylor & Patrick Erwin
Melissa Cunningham & Barnett Baxter
Susannah Kiser & Albert Swanay
Mary Brown & William Walker
Ann Long & Nicholas Haile
Julia A. Blanton & Samuel M. Dunn
Martha Thompson & Barnett Babb
Hannah “Bridget” Grogan & Peter Bradley

A special happy birthday “aloha” to my cousin and her husband and daughter, all of whom celebrate December birthdays. Also, birthday greetings go to a certain first cousin, once-removed, and her husband; and anniversary greetings to a special couple who shall remain unnamed. Hopefully you all know who you are.


Written for part 1 of the 86th Edition, Carnival of Genealogy: “Dear Genea-Santa,” as well as the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories series.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a genealogy and family history researcher, writer, and consultant. Adores good grammar and spelling, and believes the Oxford Comma is just misunderstood. Thrives on large quantities of coffee. One daughter, two rescued hounds, and a plethora of missing ancestors keep her on her toes.

1 Comment

  1. I love your quote about the birthdays and the energy. That is so nice to think of, and to remember when my birthday comes around again.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!


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