Mr and Mrs and all the little Christmases
DO not bother making jokes. This family has heard them all.
No, they do not communicate directly with Santa Claus. And they do not celebrate the holidays all year.
The comments are part of life when your last name is Christmas, especially when two of your family members are named — yes — Mary.
‘‘People ask me all the time, ’What were your parents thinking?’’’ said the younger Mary Christmas, 30.‘‘I never minded. It’s a conversation piece.’’
It all started on Christmas Day 1935, when the elder Mary wedded Henry Christmas. They had Bob Christmas, who married Peggy and had six children.
Mary was born first and was named for her grandmother. The spirit of the season took hold again when Christy Noel, now 23, was born.
And it does not end there. Bob’s brother married Cathy Holiday, and they had a daughter named Carol. And Bob’s sister married into the White family, becoming Jeane Christmas White.
The Christmas family lives up to its cheerful name. They are a lively bunch, finishing each other’s sentences and laughing at a constant stream of jokes. ‘‘You can tell we’re a happy family,’’ said the elder Mary Christmas, who is 90.
So what is Christmas like at the Christmases’?
Christmas Eve involves a family dinner, a church service, the reading of the Christmas story from the Bible and then one gift per family member.
Christmas Day includes a big family brunch with biscuits and gravy, and a Christmas dinner.
Despite the Christmases’ lighthearted talk about their name, they take it seriously, too. ‘‘It would be my goal that our lives as a family exemplify not just the birth of Christ, but the life of Christ,’’ said Robby, 28.