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Merry Christmas!

This will be my first Christmas without my Mom. That is kind of hard to digest. We will be at my Mom’s house though and we do have a doozy of a Christmas tree that my Mom would love, appreciate, and enjoy. My Mom’s Christmas trees were always the most beautiful in the universe. She’d be very happy with the one we have standing in her living room.

My Mom really loved Christmas and we have so many Christmas traditions because of her. The family gathering at her house all day. Exchanging gifts. The younger ones getting the most. We probably overdo it in the gift giving department, but that is how we have been rolling for years. Tamales, ham, beans, tortillas, rice, cookies, guacamole, Siete chips, sweets and favorite drinks all day. Visits from my cousins Marcia, J.T., David, Jason and others.

We will all be hanging in the living room – kitchen area. My Mom’s living room is all decked out in Christmas decorations that is added to her thirteen – at last count – nativity scenes and countless angels.

I am sure we will talk about our Astros themed Christmas tree, family, those that are no longer with us, politics, the World Series, the latest chisme and of course reminiscing about Christmases and other times past.

Squeezing in some trivia games. Playing Christmas tunes non-stop including the Lennon Sisters, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Nat King Cole, the Very Special Christmas CDs, and our favorite that is played multiple times throughout the day, Eydie Gorme y Los Panchos “Blanca Navidad” album.

My Christmas weekend also includes getting together with Marisol, going to a birthday gathering for Laura whose birthday was yesterday, going to Al and Julie’s home, dinner at my niece Rachel’s new crib, and dropping by Vic, Yolanda and Carol’s family and friends gathering.

It has been over six months since my Mom left us. We handled Thanksgiving Day and Dinner without her last month and maybe for me it was because she was struggling mightily with her health the last few years and toward the end I knew she was ready the leave us.

On our Christmas tree is an ornament with the following inscription:

“Merry Christmas from Heaven. I love you all dearly, Now don’t shed a tear, I’m spending my Christmas With Jesus this year.”

The first time I saw the ornament was a few days after the tree went up. I don’t know where the ornament came from and neither does anyone else. It doesn’t matter. I know my Mom is Ok with not being here Christmas Day and I’m good with that because we will be Ok and spend another enjoyable Campos Family Christmas Day together. This time I’m sure we will spend a considerable amount of time telling our favorite Mom Christmas stories.

This is from today’s Chron:

A Houston Independent School District trustee has sued the Harris County Democratic Party for rejecting her application to run for a Harris County justice of the peace seat in the March primary.

Diana Davila said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in state district court that her application to run for justice of the peace Precinct 6, Place 2 in the March primary election was inappropriately rejected by the Democratic Party.

The lawsuit states that Davila had submitted a petition containing 310 signatures that would qualify her to be on the ballot, but had omitted printing the name of the person circulating the petition on one line in the petition.

The name appeared elsewhere on the page and the petition was signed and notarized.

“The only thing that’s important is that this person signed their name before a notary,” said Davila’s attorney Keith Gross.

The lawsuit states that despite that omission, Davila should be allowed to run in the primary. She would face one challenger in the primary election, Angela Rodriguez.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/HISD-trustee-Diana-Davila-sues-Democratic-Party-12448824.php.

I don’t know how this is going to turn out. I will say this. If Diana stays on the ballot, she will win. Part of her HISD Trustee district is in Precinct 6, she has run before, she knows how to campaign, and she knows how to win.

Check what Tags tweeted yesterday:

Brian McTaggart‏Verified account@brianmctaggart 1h1 hour ago


Astros president Reid Ryan said team will unveil World Series championship banner at home opener. Rings unveiled the following day. Also, Gladys Knight will perform at team’s gala on Jan. 19 at MMP.

Was this really necessary? It seems like a lot of Christmas goodwill toward women and men was wasted. Here is this tweet:

Houston Astros‏Verified account@astros 5h5 hours ago

Our #WorldSeries trophy will be available to take photos with in the Team Store Friday from 2-6pm and Saturday 9am-noon! The Trophy photo opportunity will be available for purchase for $35 starting at 9am TOMORROW. Tickets only available at the Team Store.

I tweeted out last night that they also ought to hand out Grinch bobbleheads.

Of course, look at it from another perspective. Taking a picture with the World Series trophy for the price of three Saint Arnolds at The Yard.

I’ll be back next Tuesday and I hope you made the nice list!

Merry Christmas!

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