And now for something completely different, a Christmas message from your MLA with nary a mention of politics.
I love this time of year for many reasons. First and foremost, it’s a time to spend quality time with friends and family. Something we often seem too busy for throughout the year. It’s also a time for family traditions. A time for “making memories” as I like to put it.
I remember as a young teenager going to cut the Christmas tree down with my brother on the family farm. One particular year, after finding the perfect, full, plush, balsam fir, the unthinkable happened on our way back to the farmhouse.
My brother, six years older than me, was dragging the tree by the butt end. My job was to hold the top of the tree up and try and keep it from getting damaged on the trek from the woods to the house. All was going smoothly as we trudged through the snow, and I was looking forward to seeing the look on my Dad’s face when we showed him the giant tree we found.
Well, as we neared the end of the long walk from the woods, I slipped and fell on the tree, snapping the top off. The perfect balsam fir now had no top. You know, that crucial part of the tree that we use to put the Angel or star on!
I expected my brother to snap like the tree top, but he didn’t. I’m sure he saw the disappointment in his little brother and didn’t want to add to my guilt. I recall a few chuckles from my father when we got the now nearly perfect tree up in the family room, but his reaction wasn’t what I thought it would be either.
I remember the Angel sitting a little lower than she would have normally, but I don’t recall it being a big deal. In fact, besides me, I’m not sure anybody paid much attention to it.
My brother Brian passed away ten years ago. I look back on the Christmas tree story and I’m thankful for the time we spent together that day. If I hadn’t of fallen and snapped the top of the tree, I might not even remember that day.
I’m fortunate this year to be taking my family away for Christmas. No smart phones, no email, twitter, or texting.
I’m looking forward to making some memories.
It is my hope that whatever you do this Christmas season it is meaningful. May you find time to enjoy your loved ones. Here’s wishing you health and happiness throughout the holidays. Merry Christmas, and God Bless.