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Brian’s Merry Christmas to All

December 24, 2009

There’s always a special magic surrounding Christmas Eve. During the day it resembles any other Christmas shopping weekend. Long lines, traffic delays, folks searching for the last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. Around six or so every Christmas Eve evening, everything starts to close. Businesses wind down, retail shuts down, people are either well on their way or actually at their destination. The shopping’s done, hopefully the wrapping’s done, now it’s time to enjoy.  Families and friends in such festive spirits, Christmas carols on the radio.  Adrenalized children, unable to sleep knowing Santa’s already on his way. To those families I wish the best of times and good luck with the kids!

For others, Christmas might not mean quite what it once did. Maybe a loved one is overseas putting his or her life on the line fighting for our freedom to overspend during the holidays. Watching soldiers wish their families a Merry Christmas is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.  To those families, I cannot thank you enough.

Or maybe the one you love is far away, yet you still manage to send an email,  a text, a sign that says, “Hey, I’m thinking about you, Merry Christmas” and suddenly you’re not so far after all. To those, may you eventually find your way as close to each other as you’ve allowed your hearts to become.

And if you’re in retail, I’ve been there before. I’ve felt  your pain. Rest up! You’ve earned it. A special nod and a Merry Christmas to you guys!

Even if it’s for one day, Christmas can be a reminder that we’re all family no matter how near or far. Having that one day is better than none at all.

To everyone, Merry Christmas! Eat up, get some great gifts, give some equally good ones, and we’ll see you next week.

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