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SANTA CLAUS – Christmas family descendants will gather in Santa Claus for the second “Christmas in July” family reunion July 21.
The first Christmas in July family reunion was held July 22 and 23, 2011, in Warrenton, N.C. The town of Warrenton was selected as the location of the reunion because the town was laid out by the surveyor William Christmas in July 1779. Christmas was also hired by Daniel Boone to layout Boonesborough, Ky.
That first Christmas in July family reunion was attended by about 55 Christmas descendants, coming from California, Washington D.C., New York, Maryland, Indiana, Virginia and of course, North Carolina, where many Christmas families still reside.
Many Christmas descendants currently reside in Logan, Butler, Muhlenberg and Ohio counties in Kentucky, as well as in Pike, Gibson, Warrick and Vanderburgh counties of Indiana. These Christmases are descendants of William and Elizabeth Ford Jenkins Christmas, who moved from Warren County, N.C., to Logan County, Ky., in the early 1800s.
They also learned that they were also distantly related to three presidents – George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
With all the Christmas descendants in southern Indiana and Kentucky, it is hoped the group will have an even larger turnout for the 2012 reunion.
If you are a Christmas descendant and would like to know more about the event, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (317) 462-0048 as soon as possible.