A Literary Christmas Celebration presents Maurice Gray





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Quirky Traditions

Christmas has always been special to my family. Since I was a boy, I can remember the anticipation of the celebration to come.

Once my sister and I outgrew the frantic need to get up at dark-thirty to open presents, we and my parents would sleep in on Christmas morning (unless it fell on Sunday- that meant we’d go to church like every other Sunday). For non-Sunday Christmases, we would get up around ten AM and straggle downstairs. We’d open gifts, grab some breakfast and then get out of Mom’s way so she could finish cooking for the dozen or so relatives who would come for dinner around 3:00 or so. We’d try to offer help, but ultimately we’d be exiled from the kitchen so that Mom could get things done more quickly :-).

My sister and I still laugh at one of our mother’s quirky traditions. Whatever presents we exchanged had to stay on display under the tree until New Year’s Day when the tree came down and life went on. Heaven help the one who deigned to wear that sweater he or she was given before then :-). Mom’s been gone three years now and we still flinch at the prospect of removing a Christmas gift from beneath the tree before January 1 :-).

Even though we’ve lost a few family members over the years, the traditions remain, and so does the joy and peace we inevitably feel on Christmas morning. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Maurice M. Gray, Jr. is an author (of two novels), an editor, a speaker and a comedian. He currently serves on the faculties of the Sandy Cove and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conferences, where he evaluates manuscripts for conferees and teaches workshops. Along with Lacricia A’ngelle, Dr. Linda Beed and Wanda Campbell, he is a member of the Damascus Road Authors. As a Christian comedian, Maurice has worked with the likes of James “The Storyteller” Ford and Pat “Sister Betty” G’orge-Walker. Maurice is a member of Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, DE, where he is active in many ministries (including the Singles Ministry and the Men’s Chorus). He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and of the Greater Newark Area Toastmasters club. He lives in New Castle, DE with his family.


There are 2 comments for this article
  1. wvoices-admin at 9:44 pm

    “…need to get up at dark-thirty”. LOL! I love that description. Thanks for sharing Maurice! It was great to finally talk to you and the other Damascus Road Authors on the podcast. Looking forward to reading and seeing “Female Problems” in stores in 2009.



  2. Marilynn at 9:49 pm

    Dark-thirty? You’re killing me over here! LOL You are so funny. I can just see y’all inching toward the sweater that goes just right with… and then thinking better of it and running upstairs! Thanks for sharing.