Christmas Time

In case you didn’t know, Christmas is coming this week! Amazing memories and traditions come from the celebration of the birth of Jesus. While it can be difficult to keep our focus on the real reason for the season, there are great traditions that come this time of year. We get together with family, give and receive gifts, and build gingerbread houses (Shout out to Austin for helping us win the family gingerbread house-building competition for 2 years in a row!) Some even spend the night of Christmas Eve by only candlelight in honor of the season.

There are countless Christmas movies that are staples of the holiday season: Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, and It’s a Wonderful Life. My personal favorite is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. In all of the iconic Christmas movies there are great lessons to keep us centered this time of year. This week I want to share some of my personal favorites:

“That’s what Christmas memories are made from. They’re not planned; they’re not scheduled. Nobody puts them in their blackberry. They just happen.” — Deck The Halls

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” — Elf

“Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.” — Miracle On 34th Street

“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps means a little bit more!” – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” — The Polar Express

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” –Linus, Charlie Brown Christmas

Merry Christmas! Enjoy this week with your family!

 

I appreciate you.

-JP

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