Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Hansen Family Christmas Curse

I am spending time celebrating the Season with my family this month and will return to political commentary in January, but wanted to share this little Christmas message.

Christmas at our house always seems to involve contracting some sort of vile illness. The ghosts of Christmas past remind us that we have survived bronchitis, strep, scarlet fever, rotovirus, raging double-ear infections, and this year thus far, the stomach flu. Years ago we learned to stay home for the holidays, not only because Christmas Eve worship services are always better at your home church, but because it's really terrible to be sick in a relative's guest room or hotel room.

Christmas shopping at our house involves the usual purchases of gifts, wrapping, and bows, but also includes stocking up on kleenex, 7-UP, saltines, Immodium, and children's ibuprofen. And yes, we eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and take vitamins, but alas, for 12 years we've not had a healthy holiday, and are known far and wide for "The Hansen Family Christmas Curse."

And yet, we love Christmas. Fever and chills aside, you'll find us singing the old carols, decorating cookies, and sharing gifts with friends and family. We never forget what Christmas is all about, and no, we don't care that Jesus wasn't actually born on December 25. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, and we celebrate him with great joy.

My wish for all is that you know the peace in your heart that only comes through knowing the Christ whose birth we celebrate.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

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