'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house... We've all heard the story a thousand times, but as we grow older, the magic of Christmas gets lost somehow. We forget what Christmas is truly about. We forget to really love each other, and get lost in the material aspects of the holidays. We forget that not so long ago, we too longed for Christmas morning, when we could race from our rooms, grab our closest family, and see what Santa Claus had left for us under the tree and in our stockings. I'll be the first to admit, I had all but forgotten how to harness the magic of Christmas. Between the hustle and bustle of work, responsibility, and life, I had been going through the motions for the past several years. This year has been so different. I was reminded to see Christmas through the eyes of a child; my child. Both of them. To see their faces light up, and to really listen and be present in the moment has allowed all of that Christmas magic to come flooding back. I've received so much joy, seeing joy in others. I've also felt so much love from you all this Christmas season. Total strangers have shown me the same love and care I've shown my own children. I've received thousands of Christmas cards, with some of the most thoughtful and honest messages I could ever imagine. People who have never met me, have gone out of their way to make sure that I knew I was appreciated. I could never properly thank you all for that. My only Christmas wish is that you all take an extra moment to make magic for someone. Anyone. Young or old. We could all use a little more magic in our lives. As I sit, cuddled up with the most beautiful daughters a man could ever ask for, I am reminded that being a blessing to others fills us just as much as it fills them. Blessings to you and yours.
As the old adage goes, Merry Christmas to ALL, and to all a GOOD night.