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Only 358 shopping days left 'til Christmas.

Don't laugh. I'm half serious. Christmas is a big deal around the Wilson household, especially to Susan. Don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly a bah humbug type, but I can't even come close to matching Susan's enthusiasm for the season. 

If I had my way, we'd put up the Christmas tree Christmas week and take it down on the 26th. Susan insists on putting it up on the day after Thanksgiving and refuses to take it down until New Year's Day. When we were looking for a house to rent, I'd mentally measure the living room to see if our furniture would fit in it. Not Susan. She'd never even talk about the furniture, but she would show me where she wanted to put the Christmas tree if we moved in the house.

On the day after Christmas, I ran a few holiday errands. I took the boys to the mall to spend their Christmas money and I dropped by Costco to grab some film for the camera I bought Susan. I was in a hurry to get the boys home and go back to the office and I forgot to complete one task Susan told me to do-she wanted me to buy more Christmas paper because she used up her stash this year. You know, you can't have too much Christmas paper.

Even with all the bills and busyness that the season generates, it still remains the most important time of the year for many of us. Christmas is a cocktail of hope, warm memories, and faith. To tell you the truth, I'm having a hard time letting go of it this year. I've already watched our family video close to a dozen times, reliving those precious moments around the tree.

Christmas 2000 was exceptional for our family. My favorite moments were watching my children graciously receive the gifts we gave them and their joy when Susan & I opened the presents they gave us. There's nothing like giving and receiving gifts with loved ones. 

I'm not sure if I can wait 'til next year. In the meantime, I'll cherish this year as I long for next. Which reminds me, I better go get that wrapping paper before Susan gets home. After all, there's only 358 shopping days left 'til Christmas.

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