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The Holidays Are Here!

It's the end of 2021, and as I write this email, we are in the throes of our first snowstorm—a perfect December backdrop for my message to you.

When you are busy with all of those holiday "to-do's" – the gifts, the cards, the food, and the mental gymnastics that it takes to coordinate all that needs to happen in the next few weeks, remember this: this is a time of wonder and magic. It is a time to consider what's possible.

When I was young, I remember a certain feeling during Christmas. It's a little hard to describe, especially through the eyes of a young girl. But it was something akin to anticipation, waiting for the unexpected to happen. I was opening gifts and thrilled at what I was holding in my hands. Going to my grandparent's house to do all the Christmas things: oyster stew for dinner on Christmas Eve (no kidding), going to church, and then magically, while we were at church, Santa would deliver our gifts. I even remember standing outside by the car, all ready to go to church, watching the sky for Santa's sleigh and all those reindeer. I was convinced one year that I saw the red twinkle of Rudolph's nose. Side note – while I was waiting outside for "the women" (good grief) to finish getting ready, and oh-my-gosh, it took forever, they were inside the house running around putting presents under the tree. I think there was one year where they knocked down the tree because they were in such a hurry.

As I think about all of this, my heart remembers the feeling of wonder from a little girl's point of view. It's this feeling that I wish for you. It's timeless, and it's available to us throughout the year. No matter where you find yourself at this moment, remember that there is hope, love, and magic in the air. Treasure it. It's the very essence of the season.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year,

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