Now that 21 days have passed (three short weeks - I think we lost out due to the late Thanksgiving we had this year)...the Christmas season has reached its peak - Christmas Day! I'm a Christmas fanatic - and I just can't get enough of it. I start listening to Christmas music on October 1st and never get tired of it. We've experienced just about every type of weather this past month - from rain to snow to sleet - and we probably even had some hail at some point. It's been warm, cool, cold, and bitter cold but that hasn't stopped us from enjoying the beautiful lights, displays and warm feelings that the Christmas season brings us each year. This year is our "quiet Christmas year". Our daughters and their families are spending Christmas with their in-laws and our son Alex is in California serving a mission for our church (we get to talk to him today!!!) and Terry worked in the ER from 12pm - 12am. So my son Jonathan and I shared Christmas Eve dinner with him at the hospital.
Of course, in order to make the holiday complete, I must quote our beloved Linus:
"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid ... And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord." "And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men."
"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." - Linus Van Pelt