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Each year, the place I work holds a family-friendly Christmas celebration. It's always fun, but last year's was a little different. We found ourselves in an old barn. The cows and chickens were replaced by Christmas trees and lights - but it was still pretty chilly in there.
Okay - 18 family members, exchanging and opening gifts in our living room. Crazy!
But in the midst of the circus, there was grandma, sitting on the floor with one overwhelmed grandson - quietly helping him with his new toy. She was the one quiet place in his storm.
No Christmas season is complete without taking my kids through the toy section at our local store. As we look, the excitement builds...and so do the lists. They will often simply say, "Can I put that on my Christmas list?." They're just letting their daddy know what they'd like.