Who moves at Christmas ?

Today is a big day. We close on our new house.


Thirty years ago (1982) I moved our family from Washington, DC to Long Valley, New Jersey. Who knew that 30 years later, on the same date, I would be moving again. We have been in an apartment too long. But, it wasn’t possible to purchase a house any earlier. In a couple of hours, we will close on this house. Can’t wait.

Our cat, J.T., has been running around trying to understand what all the boxes were about. Now clue that tomorrow, his kingdom will be in a new place. 30 years ago, the kids had many boxes to open on Christmas day. Guess I’ll have to leave a couple of small boxes for J.T. to play in, when we move.

We will finally have SPACE. The two windows to the left of the door, will be the room for our Genealogy Cave. A Genea-Blogger, Bill West of http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com keeps posting, on FaceBook, pictures of his bird feeders outside of his window. I hope to be able to compete with him in a couple of days, or how ever long it takes for birds to find a new “Diner”.

For many years, my parents had a Christmas Cactus that was always in full bloom at Christmas. When my mother passed away, I took a shoot from that Cactus and brought it home with me. It has bloomed in the past and continues to grow. But, it needs room. Too many other (small) plants in the windowsill. 2 days ago, it started to bloom. It is ready for space. It will be in it’s new home this afternoon.


This was taken a few minutes ago, in the crowded flower tray. This tray was also from my parents house. Tomorrow, this Christmas Cactus will have room to grow. The cat will have room to roam.

I think we all are ready for a new beginning.

Merry Christmas to All.


10 Responses to Who moves at Christmas ?

  1. Janice Moore Cronan says:

    Russ, What a wonderful Christmas present…A NEW HOUSE with a genealogy cave. My “cave” is on the front of the house, just inside the front door, also! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! God Bless you for all you do to help us in genealogy!

  2. Barb says:

    Congratulations Russ. I love your house and the idea of your own space…just as long as Patti gets hers! Seriously, I hope everything goes smoothly, and it will indeed be a very Happy New Year for you.

    • Barb,

      Thank you. There’s room in the Genealogy Cave for Patti, and she has her own research to do. I hope she is able to spend a little more time doing her research. The extra space should help with that.

      Thank you,


  3. Congratulations on your new Christmas present! It makes me think of the little girl in “Miracle on 34th Street”.

  4. erica voolich says:

    Congratulations and merry Christmas

  5. So excited for all of you, Russ! I Know you will have a Merry Christmas!!

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