Just another thing on the list! I could not help but think this as I read the gentle promptings from my communication manager to prepare a yuletide blog.

For some reason I just knew as I listened to Christmas Carols while buying my Thanksgiving turkey that this year was going to end in a fury. Adding one more writing chore was just what I needed!

About that same time my daily reminder went off to let me know my friend Randy Gravitt’s blog for the day had been delivered. As I read through it I was drawn to his reminder:

“On this “First Day of Christmas,” take some time and identify what those few things are that need your attention and then seek to eliminate the distractions.”

These words both comforted and encouraged me. Randy, you know, you are right. Learning to not get “tangled up” in Christmas is just what I want this year.

More time with the kids and less time in the stores. Time away from work, not to plan more work for next year, but rather to count my blessings for this past year. I want to laugh and play and tell my brother that I can still throw a football further than he can.

So this little writing request is my first declaration of my decision to follow Randy’s advice. Rather that try to write something new and pithy I just want to say. “Yeah, what Randy said!” Check out Randy’s complete blog on the 12 days of Christmas at: http://i2ileadership.org/?p=2088

I am thankful that the Lord has blessed him to write what I feel in my heart. My hope for you, and for us all, this Christmas season is to understand that the Love of the Savior is all we need. More time with Him and His most wonderful creation, each other, is what Christmas is really all about.

Luke 2

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Editors Note: if you want to hear the story read by Linus click below!

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