2015 Season’s Greetings & Reflection

In just a few days we will be celebrating Christmas. Val and I have begun by watching some of our favorite Christmas movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, and “Scrooge.” We have also had the opportunity to don our “Santa and Mrs. Santa” costumes (see attached) and go visit all the little boys and girls at a couple of play-schools. It is such a fun and heart-warming experience to show up at these events and see the excitement of the children. Some are criers but that’s ok, it still makes for a good picture (see mine from 50+ years ago). Just think, about a half a century from now, I will still be here showing up in some grown-up child’s picture.

On Christmas Eve, we will be attending a Candlelight Church Service where once again, we will hear the Christmas story and sing the great classic Christmas songs. After this we will gather as a family to “eat, drink and be merry” and enjoy being with each other. It is a magical time for children and we will sit back and be delighted by our two granddaughter as they open their gifts.

We have so much to be thankful for but we should pause and remember the many people in our society who struggle at this time of year. I saw this posting on Facebook and it made me appreciative of how blessed we are.

Some people are not surrounded by large wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. For many it is their first Christmas without a particular loved one and many others lost loved ones at Christmas. And, many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring, loving thoughts right now.  

I hope that many of us can reach out to these people at this time of the year and throughout the year and be a person who cares.

In closing, I am so grateful to so many and for many of the events and experiences that took place in 2015. This year will soon be in the history books but hopefully, we are all better persons for what transpired during this past year. Finally I’m grateful for Christmas. It combines each year in a very perfect way, the past, the present and the future all represented in the birth of a small child.

Merry Christmas!