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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Merry Christmas

I am sitting at my desk in the Bud Cave on this Sunday morning.  Through my window I watch a light snow falling in the back yard covering the last of the autumn leaves that were not raked up.  I suppose they are now destined to remain until spring.  I meant to get these leaves raked up, but like some good intentions I failed to get it done.  Oh well, they will be dry in a few months and I will take care of them then.

The Lovely Sharon is in Palm Desert and I am here in Salt Lake.  Yesterday I had a busy day, Christmas shopping, grocery shopping, visiting my sister and her husband, and their new dog Buddy and my parents.  Last night I attended my law firm’s holiday party in downtown Salt Lake.  Today I will visit Son Alex and his wife Kristen.

Last Wednesday my Salt Lake golf group met for dinner and Christmas greetings. 

This time of year is always filled with errands and visits to friends and family.   

I have been watching Hallmark Channel Christmas movies since Thanksgiving.  I like those movies.  Conflict, sadness and problems which are all resolved in the last half hour of the movie for a happy ending. 

When I drive my car I listen to XM Radio Country Christmas playing non-stop Christmas Music.  I have the Christmas spirt.  I am not a particularly religious person but thoughts of kindness, good deeds and best wishes to all abound in me.   I need to be more helpful to those around me particularly the homeless, the hungry and the lonely.

Silent Night. Think about the words, hear the beautiful simple melody in your mind.

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

To my friends and family Merry Christmas

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