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Merry Christmas
It seems the years are flying by now at the speed of light. When we were kids, it seemed like Christmas would never arrive. We spent countless hours pouring over the Wish Book trying to come up with unique subtle ways of dropping hints to the parental units as to what we REALLY wanted for Christmas.
These days it seems like it would be a better use of time to simply leave the tree up year around.
I was on call at work this week. With MaBell, and things have been intense. Keeping all the computers up and running this time of year is vital to our corporation and there's a lot riding on a successful holiday season.
By Christmas eve, I felt like my head was in a vice. But things began to slack off and my oncall duty was over at midnight..
I put Tori Amos' new Christmas album on the stereo, sat on the couch, closed my eyes to simply relaxed for a few minutes. 
I could hear the wind in the pines and the rattle of rain on the roof. The wind chimes on the porch were playing a soft tune.
All of a sudden a profound sense of peace washed over me. At that moment it began to feel a lot like Christmas.
I know Jilda and I are probably a minority, but we always exchange our gifts on Christmas eve.Part of the tradition at our house is to whip up a batch of her special apple cider and Christmas cookies. The aroma that wafted through the house was heavenly.
We ate dinner and sit on the couch, listen to music and enjoyed the Christmas tree. We both are fortunate enough to pretty much buy what we really want throughout the year, so at Christmas, we try to get each other small special gifts. Jilda is the best gift picker-outter on the planet.
We watched "It's a Wonderful Life" before we went to bed. Today, we got up at the crack of dawn to cook ham and turkey to take to our family gatherings.
Remember our Troops in your thoughts and prayers.
I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Christmas and I hope 2010 is the best year yet for you all.
Merry Christmas 


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