My brother left behind his recording of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” before he succumed to the brain tumor he had fought so bravely. I miss you dearly Alan.
My late brother… before brain cancer took him from us in February 2009.
Its here again! How did it get here so quickly? It is exciting despite my constant pain, fatigue, and lately, almost continual nausea. However, this is not about me. It is time to celebrate the birth of our Savior in a manger…in a stable. He was anointed by God and surrounded by His earthly family. Gifts were brought in celebration of His birth.
That night so long ago is the inspiration for my family’s annual gathering. We, of course, share a meal first. When the last bite is taken, we congregate to read about the birth of the Savior from The Bible (Luke), then a prayer of thanks for His coming followed by the giving of gifts.
I remember my little brother Alan used to get so excited at Christmas. It was his favorite time of the year. Each year, since he was little he would put on the Santa hat to hand out all of the presents. Sadly, this will be our third Christmas without him since he went home to be with the Lord. I choose to believe that God gave Alan a trip for Christmas that year. He took it on February 10th of 2009 and I believe it was the best trip he ever took.
Although I desperately miss him (not just at Christmas), I believe he now celebrates with the Son, and that knowledge is the best gift I have ever received. Yes, it is Christmas time again. It is still exciting (I have a grandson & a granddaughter on the way). It is nice to see Christmas through the eyes of a child again, just like when my boys were young…just like Alan.