Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you. It's a snowy Christmas Eve in the Chicago suburbs. I'm thinking this winter actually might be the mighty winter they've been predicting for some time now. All the better for writing.

I've probably thought of bailing on this blog of mine perhaps a hundred times this year. If I had a particular topic I always blogged about, maybe that would help me define what this blog is all about. But it's more been a hodge-podge of my writing efforts, my love of Coldplay, and some random little bit of pop culture that interests me. But throughout the year I've heard from quite a few people that say they read this or that on my blog, so it continues to tell me that people check it out occasionally. So that means the hodge-podge will continue in 2009. 

I'm looking forward to Christmas morning and seeing Kylie (who is two years old) opening presents. We got her an enormous kitchen set that will surely pave the way toward her becoming the next Martha Stewart (please no!). Opening presents is fun, but seeing your two year old relish in the whole experience is truly priceless. 

I hope your Christmas is meaningful. As a parent now for over two years, I continue to see the magnificent and awesome gift that God gave us. That baby in the manger is a cute little story until you make it real and find yourself in that scenario. I'd never give up my child, not for anything. The fact that God did that for all of us--it's humbling and it's something that I can't begin to fathom. 

So with that in mind, I try to focus on the true meaning and spirit of Christmas. But that still doesn't mean that I don't selfishly hope to find that iTunes gift card under the tree.