Here it is the Sunday before Christmas and I was feeling very smug that, unlike all those last-minute procrastinators, I had all my gift shopping out of the way. A week ago, I took an entire day, list in hand, and did not come home until I was finished. When I was done, I felt like I had just completed a marathon, but at least it was behind me. Ah, I thought, now I can sit back and enjoy the holiday in peace.
Wrong. I forgot about the kids. They came to me a little bit ago and said, “So Dad, you’re taking us to the mall today so we can do our shopping, right?” The mall? The one with the horrible traffic even in the middle of August? Two shopping days before Christmas? “Ummm, sure kids. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.” Hey, I figure it’s the only way I’m going to get a gift out of them. So we’re off in a few minutes to battle the crowds. I promise I will do my best to not get grumpy.
But first I wanted to wish you all a great and happy holiday and a prosperous new year. Thanks for all your notes, friendship and support from all over the world this past year. It means a lot to me. See you back here after the holiday.