My Favorite Time of Year

As I walk out my front door each morning, a fresh crisp nip is in the air. My nose catches subtle scents of nearby chimneys quietly permeating the air as families are nestled in their cozy homes to the warmth of a relaxing, crackling fire. There is a stronger sense of love and compassion with everyone you meet. You can hear an extra special excitement in the laughter of children as they play all around the neighborhood.

The warm glow of a fireplace with yummy toasted marshmallows and roasted chestnuts brings back memories of many youthful past Christmas seasons with many loved ones gathered around. Some of those precious people are still with us and remind us of the “good ol’ days” while others have already passed on leaving us with their memories and stories to pass on to our young ones.It is a time of joy, sharing, caring, tradition, and fond memories.

It is a time of smores and hot chocolate. It is a time of bells, bows, and mistletoe. It is a time of playing mall tag team with your spouse as one of you handles the kids while the other buys their gifts and hides them somewhere hoping that the kids will not find the gifts before Christmas. It is a time when your children make cardboard ornaments for the tree and finger paintings for the fridge. It is a time for receiving Christmas cards from every one you know and forgetting to get your Christmas cards done in time to send out.

It is a time for focusing on what is really important in your life and maybe getting a glimpse of your purpose in life. Even though it is an extremely busy time, you somehow find a way to enjoy the peace and serenity of the season and you get to spend quality time with your family and make some special memories to last a lifetime. You will see the innocent excitement in your children’s eyes and you will feel the need and love in the touch of their little hands. Your heart will melt as you want to be a better parent and you want to spend more time with them.

You will renew your love for your spouse all over again and you will remember why you love them so much and why you fall in love with them over and over again. You will realize you need to spend more time with your family.

As you think about these things and get caught up in the moment, think about what you can do to spend more time with the ones you love most. Make the necessary changes to do what is most important. It is your family and your life. It is your choice.

- Hill Robertson

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