Merry Christmas everyone! There’s something so special about Christmas morning. I’m not sure whether it’s the gifts under the tree, the fire crackling, my entire family in pajamas, or the cinnamon buns in the oven, but today is the day I always feel gratitude and thanks. Even while I love Christmas, this holiday is bittersweet. I feel a sense of loss associated with Christmas because my dad isn’t here to celebrate it. It’s been 7 years since he passed away and I still can’t believe it. I’m grateful to have had such an inspiring and encouraging father – I wouldn’t have the work ethic I do (and pretty much my entire personality) if it weren’t for him. I miss his famous phrases that his friends still recall, “That’s what I’m talking about!”, our inside jokes and his relentless faith and graciousness. I hope that while you celebrate today and rip open the (hopefully many) gifts, remember why this holiday exists and sing your praises to the heavens! Have a safe and happy holiday!