Bring On The Holidays...
November 25, 2015
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Bring On The Holidays…


            Amidst the current world turmoil, the upcoming holiday season should be a welcome respite. Whether it’s the unbelievable tragedies in Paris or the twenty-four hour debate in regards to the upcoming presidential election; we could all use some family time, relaxation, and holiday cheer. Bring on the holidays.


            Bring on the turkey and stuffing and cranberry in the shape of a can. Let’s give thanks to seeing family, stuffing ourselves full, and winding it all down watching football on tv. Soon after, we can turn our thoughts to the most commercial of traditions, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Ah, yes, I remember well, many a Black Friday, being dragged down the aisles of Wal-Mart to beat other shoppers to that $288 flat screen tv. (I hope that my sarcasm can be sensed in print.)


            Maybe we’d all be better off if we boycotted Black Friday and played outside. Or just sat around with our families and watched some more football.


            Either way, the countdown to Christmas begins this Friday. Bring on the cards, letters, decorations, lights, classic tv specials, cold weather, and ugly sweaters. From now through New Year’s is always special. There seem to be a few more hugs and smiles around town. The spirit of the season builds and becomes almost palpable by December 24. We all just seem to be a little more giving and forgiving this time of year.


            There’s a slight lull between Christmas and New Year’s. Usually, this void can be filled with leftovers, hunting trips, and college football bowl games. For some, this gap is filled with family ski trips. In dental offices, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is often a flurry of activity due to patients trying to max out their dental benefits before they disappear at year’s end.


            Come December 30, the excitement again picks up as it comes time to ring in the New Year. Bring on the parties, champagne toasts, traditional good luck foods, midnight kisses, and even more college bowl games. This year, Jennifer and I are excited to attend the first annual Antler Drop Ball to support the Llano Parks Project. It should be a great time and a great way to ring in 2016.


            May the coming holiday season bring you all a little joy and a lot of happiness. May you and yours travel safely and enjoy every minute together. Let us all put away our smartphones for a bit and engage with those whom we see but a few times a year. Live in the moment. Bring on the holidays!


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