'christmas' photo (c) 2007, Degan Walters - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/A few friends tell me that they would love to go to an exotic place for Christmas. But, as I think about my life as a child I remember my mom, my dad, and of course myself – we had so much fun. My dad told me that it was important to be around the people you love whether it be family or close friends.

Now, I drive everyone crazy getting ready for Christmas. I want my family to be together. I love shopping, being out in all the crowds. I know finding parking in the malls is hectic but I just put on the Christmas Carols and take my time. The most fun is digging for the small gifts for the stockings.

Today? Most of our family will join Bill and I in our home. Our son will be at his mother-in-laws. On new years day I will burden my family with telling them that I’m a new years baby, so they better wish me happy b-day!

With all this being said, make Christmas a special time whether it’s with family or special friends. The bottom line is: I’ll never mess with Christmas.