A Different Christmas This Year

It’s a different Christmas this year for me and my family. It’s the first one since my oldest brother Andy passed away, and learning to navigate all the traditions and things that we’re used to doing has been an ongoing process.

But the smiles are still important, even more so. The joy of hearing my nephew’s giggles, the surprise in everyone’s eyes as they open their gifts, sitting down at the dinner table on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day to enjoy all my mom’s hard work, then hearing her sigh and finally be able to relax when it’s over. It’s all different this year, but these are traditions that I’ve known all my life and familiarity at this time seems so important.

So while things may be different and forever changed for us, I can’t think of a better way to start the festivities than by wishing all of you who grace my life everyday the very best for a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. Please be good to each other.

Merry Ho Ho!


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