If you read my intro to last month’s newsletter, then I’d say Christmas was very similar in my family to our Thanksgiving gatherings. The only difference was the presents after we ate. After the meal in my family, the adults would find a seat in the living room while the kids did that overly excited puppy dance on the floor. One adult, usually my grandfather, was designated Santa Clause. Once we started, he would look under the tree and distribute one gift per person. Then we would go in a circle as one person would open their gift while the others watched. Of course the kids, all they could do was clutch the gift they had, shake it around and try and guess what was behind that beautifully wrapped package. Everyone would then comment on the gift the person opened and onto the next person. We repeated this until the gifts were gone. Us kids learned patience this way and you knew, if you acted up, you’d get skipped or sent into the other room. So, we waited as patiently as we could. When our time came though, we’d rip into that package with fury. Inevitably, when the wrapping came off, we were confronted with a box that was from the 50’s or 60’s. See, my grandmother was a bow and box hoarder. She kept every box and bow from when my mom and aunt were kids. Every time we went to grab the box, in unison, all the adults would say, “Don’t rip the box! Grandma keeps them!” Then the men would reach for their knives and request the box. They’d slip the knife between the lid and bottom to free the precious 30 year old box from the tape holding it together. Then we’d get it back. It was always clothes of some kind; socks, a sweater or pants. There were always clothes, and one or two toys and that’s all but we appreciated everything we got.
Thanks to the hard working folks at Navica, they heard our request and have delivered.
2022 Forms change TN REALTORS Form changes are here and they recorded the forms change webinar in case you missed it. Also, If you don’t feel like watching a full 1hr 45 min video on form changes, we will have a Forms class with CE credit on Jan 19th.
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Good Afternoon All,
GSMAR would like to welcome our brand new Affiliates.
We look forward to our partnership with these new members.
Brent Norman 630-677-1172
Shaun Phillips 865-500-5656
Dan Rees 865-606-8500
We want to Congratulate Neva Waite and her office in giving the most oatmeal for our recent Oatmeal drive. We asked our members to bring in boxes of oatmeal for Sevier County Food Ministries to take care of the children during the school's holiday breaks and you all brought in 109 cases total. Of that total, Neva’s office contributed nearly ⅓ of them. For such giving, they received donuts for her entire office. Most of those cases have a 10-20 count pouch in them, which means we collected 1,000-2,000 individual packets of oatmeal for the kids this holiday season. Sevier County Food Ministries thanks you and so do all the kids who will be enjoying them. I hope Neva’s office, Mountain Realty Group, enjoyed their donuts.
This year, like last year, the Salvation Army has partnered with Wal-Mart to create an online shopping registry for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. Just go to the link below and shop for items that the Salvation Army has hand picked for the children in our area. Wal-Mart then ships the items straight to the Salvation Army’s doorstep where volunteers receive them, sort them and ultimately give them to children in need. Let’s be an Angel to a deserving child today and make sure they have a Merry Christmas.
Getting into the holiday spirit, some of our members went and volunteered at the Sevier County Food Ministries. Thanks guys for giving back to our community.
A little gift under the tree just for REALTORS.
On December 7, 1914, five months into the outbreak of fighting in World War I, Pope Benedict XV called for a temporary ceasefire during the Christmas season. Military leaders on all sides ignored the request, but the troops in the trenches responded. As night fell on Christmas Eve, sounds of Christmas carols began ringing out in German and English across no-man’s land. The next morning, unarmed German soldiers approached the British line shouting “Merry Christmas!” They were met with hearty handshakes, gifts of chocolate and cigarettes, and a spirited game of soccer. The so-called “Christmas Truce” was short-lived and never repeated, but it speaks to our shared sense of humanity even in the darkest moments. Read more.
As the AE, I’m bringing the leftovers this month. Leftovers are usually a mixture of a few things—just a bite here or there. That’s what this column is. A little hodge podge of info.