As a child I could hardly wait for Christmas morning. After my mom would send me to bed, I'd lie awake listening for sleigh bells. Back in the day, most people had chains instead of snow tires. I was convinced Santa was in the neighborhood.
Worried, because we had no chimney or fireplace, my dad assured me that Santa would simply ring the doorbell. Everytime a friend or family member rang the bell, I'd bolt out of bed and stand at the top of the steps asking, "Is that Santa?"
Finally, I'd pass out, giving my parents enough time to get gifts under the tree. One year, however, I woke up and no one else was in bed. It was still dark outside, but my parents were not in bed. I ran to the basement and saw all our gifts under the tree. My dad was sitting on the sofa in his overcoat.
"You just missed Santa," he said. "I just walked him out to the sleigh; he said to tell you Merry Christmas!"
Years later, I remember thinking I very nearly found out the truth that morning that daddy was actually Santa. But as I look back on it, I realized the best things I got that year were my father's gifts of quick thinking and storytelling. Both served me well, as a journalist for many years, as a parent and now as a coach.
The spirit of openness and happiness that I experienced as a child and learned to give to others as I grew older make it easy to experience holiday joy anytime I want.
No matter what or how you celebrate this winter, may you find a holiday gift that speaks to your spirit and lives within you year-round. It will make everything you do in life so much easier and rewarding.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
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