What Christmas Means To Me...
Christmas to me means family, love, caring and giving.
As a child, Christmas was always the most important day of the year. It meant being rewarded with gifts for good behavior, thanks Santa!
As a young man in the military, Christmas was a time of celebrating with other service members. A time of attempting to create a sense of normalcy in a strange place far from home and if I really wanted that RPG launcher, I'd better start calling my mom more often...
As I've grown older, Christmas is still my favorite time of the year.
It's a time to enjoy being with the ones I love, to share memories and make new ones, giving instead of receiving, doing what I can for my community and seeing my youth reflected in the eyes of my child.
As a Christian, Christmas has always meant celebrating the birth of one very special child in particular. The Christ child. A time for midnight mass, giving thanks to God for all that has been done for us and celebrating the true religion of peace.
I hope anyone reading this has a safe and happy holiday!