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3M: Memories of Christmases past

Christmas 2011 is now a memory for most of us.  I enjoyed Christmas very much by hosting dinner for other expats living in Donetsk.  There were 10 of us and it was a good time.

As I read Facebook this morning, I learned that my cousin passed away on Christmas day.  He had been in the hospital with several problems.  I had just met this cousin in September while home on vacation.

This caused me to reflect on Christmases past and probably one of my favorites is Christmas 2006.  As it happened, it would be the last with our mom.  I had been home for furlough that fall and we had enjoyed turkey for Thanksgiving, so I asked if we could do something different for Christmas dinner and everyone indulged me!

So, we had Mexican food, including homemade tamales, enchiladas and lots of other great Mexican food.  It was truly a Christmas to remember.  All of us kids were there and lots of the grandchildren and great grandchildren were there.

I think I have a little of Clark Griswald in me.  I love all the sights and sounds of Christmas and love the images created by some of the old songs by Bing Crosby and others.  Maybe I have a too high expectation of Christmas, just like Clark.

But I love being like a little kid and also love doing for others.  Isn’t that what Christmas is all about.  Coming to Christ like a child and striving to live out one of the greatest commandments: loving others.

I hope you had a Merry CHRISTmas.

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