Grandmother’s holiday is a real trip

Published 12:10 am Saturday, December 26, 2009

NATCHEZ — This Christmas, Mary Lynn Jordan has traveled almost as much as Santa Claus, himself.

With three children’s homes to visit and five grandchildren to play with, Jordan’s holiday calendar has been booked for the past two weeks when family get-togethers began.

Christmas afternoon Jordan and her boyfriend Mike Hazlip were unloading their car from one Christmas get together and packing for another one — the last one for the day.

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“We’ve been going in and out and going here and there for the past few days,” Jordan said. “I’ve seen everybody over the holidays.”

Jordan said out of all the holiday madness, there is one thing she misses the most — her Christmas tree.

But that’s a small price to pay when it comes to traveling to visit grand children.

And for Jordan and Hazlip, this year was different than the other 18 Christmases they’ve spent together.

This year, there are three 1-year-old grandchildren to see.

That means three different Christmas events for the couple — plus spending Christmas with Hazlip’s family.

Jordan said she and Hazlip were on their way to visit their youngest daughter, their son-in-law and their grandson, Silas, and to take Silas a red rocking chair.

“He (rocked in it) in the store and we just had to get it for him,” Jordan said.

While Jordan said this year was Silas’ and his two other cousin’s second Christmas, this is the first Christmas in which all three children could react to their gifts.

Both Jordan and Hazlip agreed their favorite part of the holiday has always been being able to spend it with the people they love.

“The best part of my Christmas is watching everybody open their gifts,” Jordan said.

With Silas and his other four cousins paying closer attention to their gifts, Jordan said the fun and excitement of the holiday can be felt by everyone — especially her trio of 1-year-olds.

“It’s been fun this year because all three of them were big enough to get excited about their toys,” Jordan said.