Merry Christmas! Our favorite time of year, the celebration of the birth of baby Jesus, time spent with family, and the joy of giving. Another year is coming to a close and the thrill of what may come is right around the corner.
Every year we travel north to Ohio to see our folks, another year older, a little fatter and a lot more grateful for the blessings in our lives. My dad is getting on in his years and it does my heart good to see him light up with the visit of his oldest son and namesake. It’s those times that make me take measure and look around me at the blessings of my wife and son, my brothers and sisters, the in-laws and the out-laws.
The Ryan Family Christmas is a big event, and not to be missed! Church on Christmas Eve, cousins staying up till 5:30AM playing otherwise forbidden video games, the anxious anticipation of what Santa has in store, and the laughter and joy of a loving family. The real gifts of Christmas come in packages wrapped in familiar faces, our loved ones, here and thereafter.
Don’t forget to say a prayer for the empty seats at the table, the loved ones who share the season with our Lord almighty and hold post at Heavens gate. Remember our brave troops who are stationed around the world protecting our freedom and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Hold each other close and show your love in everything you do. No other day in the history of the world have ever had a more profound impact on mankind, it truly is a reason to celebrate. Laugh often, give freely, kiss Grandma, and hug the kids, they’ll love you for it.
From all of us at MOP Harrell, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!