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Honey Do List: The greatest gift

WOW! Only about five days left until Christmas. That’s very hard to believe. Hopefully your tree is trimmed, your stockings are hung, and you’ve just about finished your shopping. Of course, it seems there are always those last-minute gifts to buy.

I’m sure that Santa’s workshop is a flurry of activity as the last presents are loaded and the reindeer stretch out their flying muscles (however that works ) in preparation for their annual workout. I hope they hit the gym more than I do.

Now that two months of hectic sales and shopping are coming to an end and the Christmas plays and musicals have been practiced and performed and the parties have been partied and the dances have been danced, now, maybe, we can settle in and let the true magic of the season take hold.

That brings me to the greatest gift on Santa’s list--time. Time spent with family and friends, old and young, laughing, reminiscing, letting the ghosts of Christmas past roam freely as they attach themselves to new generations and become new memories and traditions.

The telling and re-telling of the struggles and hardships, humorous times and difficult times are what make a family a family and what give the next generation the motivation and confidence to endure. After all, look what Grandpa and Grandma went through, and they maintained their integrity, they survived (whether with tears or laughter), and we are here to prove it.

Oh, did I mention the “true magic” of the season? Please don’t forget the faith and hope that only comes from keeping “Christ”mas and passing that faith and hope on to the next generation.

The greatest gift on Santa’s list may be time, but the greatest gift on God’s list is love. It knows no time, and no honey-do list should be without it. MERRY CHRISTMAS!  

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