Christmas 2016

norman_rockwell-christmas_homecoming-1948bWe all have an image of the “perfect” Christmas.  It is one of those images that we hold deep in our hearts.  An image of a Christmas from our childhood, a vision of the ideal Christmas from It’s a Wonderful Life.  We think of bells and decorated trees, the smell of baking and cinnamon covered pine cones.  Whatever the image of Christmas you have in your mind the common thread is more than likely time spent with family.
That will always be the perfect Christmas for me.  No matter where we lived, who was visiting, or whether we had snow or California sunshine, Christmas has always been a celebration with the people that mean the most to me.
While I think that we all strive for that Norman Rockwell vision of rosy cheeks and snow covered wonderlands, it really comes down to family.  That is where we can all find our perfect Christmas.
I have spent Christmas’s deployed and away from family and no matter what I thought about Christmas looking like, it always came back to home and family.
This year has been a good year for me and my family.  We have worked hard this year and are blessed with the rewards for that work.  Our friendships have grown and we were blessed with a new addition to the family, a wonderful Daughter in Law.
Our life is good.
I have been blessed with the friendships I have made through this blog.  It has been nice to correspond with some of the readers and realize that what we are doing here does in fact make a difference.
2017 is going to be a year of blessings.  As the journey of another Wood Badge course steps off we again will look to the impact to the lives of Scouters that will make a huge difference in our world.  Our Wood Badge family will grow and friendships will be made.
Next Christmas that will be part of our thoughts as we again envision a “perfect” Christmas.

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger’.”Luke 2:8-12

From My Family to Yours.. Have a Perfect Christmas!
Merry Christmas and Blessing in your New Year!

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