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The Heart of the Holidays

Yellowed hay bales and corn stalks on the front porch, grocery stores overflowing with extra displays in the aisles, long lines and traffic everywhere you go. With a ding-dong, the delivery man drops another pre-holidays Amazon order on my front porch. As the daylight disappears, I notice twinkling Christmas lights on the eaves of early-bird neighbor’s homes. It is the time of year that I wait for all year long.

Holiday Season

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Earlier in the week, my parents arrived at the airport, bustled up in warm winter gear, and rolling their suitcases behind them. Something about the familiar sound of their voices and happy smiles put an excited skip in my heart when I saw them appear. It was a sweet reunion with the grandkids after a six month hiatus, and I am reminded again that this is what the holidays are all about.

The holidays are not about the pumpkin pie baking in the oven, the presents under the tree, or the hustle and bustle of the season. They are about the people you love with whom you get to share these wonderful things.

What good would that delicious turkey do if your loved ones were not there surrounding the table, knives and forks in hand, and mouths watering? What fun would the madness be of Black Friday shopping if, once you find that treasure that you have been searching for, your mother and sister were not there to celebrate it? What good would come from finding that perfect Christmas tree if you did not have tiny children’s hands to help drag it to the car, and then, with excited happy faces, place shiny red ornaments all over it?

The longer I live, and the older I get, the more I realize the importance of having the people who matter the most in my life close to me. Thankfully, the holidays provide the perfect setting to make it happen… and for that, I am so grateful!

This Thanksgiving weekend, you will not find me anywhere but in my home, surrounded by my dear family and sweet loved ones. We will be talking and laughing in the kitchen as we work together to prepare the most important meal of the year {and consume it, of course, including days worth of left-overs}. We will be reminiscing about times gone by, all the fun memories we share, and catch up on the latest news of family members living far away. We will be planning the next get together, and most importantly of all, we will be forging new memories and making them together.

There is so much to be grateful for.

From our family to yours on this most wonderful time of the year, make the most of your time with your family, and… Happy Holidays!

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