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Childhood Christmases

December 17, 2014

It probably sounds odd and strange when I say that Christmas for me had little to do with Santa Clause. Honestly I don't know what my parents believed about Santa Clause or whether they 'played' Santa for my three older brothers or not. All I know is that they were totally unconnected to doing the Santa Clause thing when I came along. I think I remember them doing the part about him coming in the night and leaving a present, but it was not a matter of excitement to them or me, and neither was it used to get me to behave. Perhaps they had done thes...

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Patsy Hatfield Lawson

Patsy Hatfield Lawson is a nationally recognized storyteller who has been featured on NPR. She is a descendant of two feuding families, the Greene-Jones feud and the Hatfield McCoy feud, and grew up listening to her Mama and Aunt Rubys stories on their front porch in Tennessee. She went on to get her Masters Degree in psychology and became an award winning college professor.

She has presented to everyone from nurses groups to senior centers to engineering conferences.

Patsy combines a unique sense of warmth and humor with keen understanding of human behavior to deliver entertaining programs that offer hope and understanding. Audiences lose themselves in images of rural life during the 1950-1970s connecting to events that help people to become wiser about life and its struggles. You'll see yourself in Aunt Ruby, the family eye sore, and get stuck with Mama as she struggles to handle being perfect.

Audiences leave with a renewed sense of purpose, and a better connection to themselves, their past, and their peers.

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