This year I had really looked forward to Christmas, but it really didn't turn out the way I had planned. John Lennon said that "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans". There's so much truth in that statement.

I had been approaching Christmas with hopeful anticipation. There were so many things I was looking forward to: time off from work, my son was coming home and many Christmas dinners and parties to enjoy. And as things started off on a good note, they certainly took a different turn. My wife Debbie came down with the flu early Sunday morning. That left me to prepare a dinner for 12 on Sunday evening by myself. And it all went well until I came down with the flu late Sunday night. So we spent the entire week feeling very ill and missing a few other Christmas dinners and parties. So much for all the plans I had made. But, in spite of being sick, there was still much to be thankful for. My son enjoyed a safe and happy visit with us and somehow managed to avoid getting sick. I also got the chance to finally watch many of the shows I had recorded with the DVR and up till now, had not found time to watch. I am now thoroughly caught up on Nashville and Chicago Fire. So all in all, while it was not my best Christmas, it still could have been a lot worse.

I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas with your family and loved ones. From my family to yours: Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Cheers to a prosperous 2013 for all of us!

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