This year just has just a few hours left. It has been quite a year, but it has run its course. A fresh year will show up at midnight.
I am a step closer to having a daughter married. Lauren became engaged this year.
Andrew started his senior year of high school. How did that happen? He was just born a little bit ago.
2015 has, in general, been a good year. We had a great vacation in the middle of the year. We just had a fantastic Christmas a week ago.
This blog? That was a bumpy ride this year. Honestly, it has been harder than any other year. I hope to get back in the groove in 2016. I have a huge backlog of ideas.
Tomorrow will just be a New Year’s greeting. I plan to hit the ground running on Monday.
See you next year.
In case you don’t know, this is the last week of the year.
What that means is that it’s year end at work. This caused me to have a little less mental energy for much of anything else.
So no post yesterday and this quick note today.
However, this is my last work day of the year. I’m going to finish the year tomorrow.
Then I’m going to hit the ground running in 2016.
I’m still trying to keep it light as we head into the final week of 2016. As many of you know, I love movies, so there are several I’m looking forward to in 2016.
First up is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yes, I know I’m late to the party, but that’s intentional. Andrew doesn’t remember watching the original trilogy when we was little, so we’re watching them this week. I’m really looking forward to it.
In February, I’m looking forward to Deadpool. This is a superhero movie, but don’t take your kids to see it. It’s definitely not for children.
March 25 brings the big one, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I’ve been waiting basically 40 years for this movie. I used to read Justice League comics in the 70’s. On the Letters To The Editor page, writers would dream of a movie and fan cast. Finally, we get the beginning of the Justice League.
The next one comes on May 6. Captain America: Civil War looks to be a terrific movie. It’s Avengers 2.5. Cap and Iron Man are going to be duking it out. Black Panther makes his big screen debut and Spider-Man enters the MCU.
May will also have X-Men: Apocalypse. The X-Men move into the 80’s and you have a mutant thousands of years old. Plus, you have younger versions of Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey.
Before I was a Star Wars fan, I was a Star Trek fan. Star Trek Beyond is the next edition of the voyages of the starship Enterprise. They will continue their 5 year mission and I plan to see it.
A surprise entry into the DC Extended Universe is Suicide Squad. I read the original comics way back in the late 80’s. Think The Dirty Dozen full of super-villains. Plus you get a Batman cameo.
Marvel gives us Doctor Strange in November. An arrogant surgeon loses his ability to perform surgery and ends up the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. It sounds weird and great.
Finally, the year will end with Star Wars: Rogue One. Here we will travel back in time as Princess Leia sends rebel operatives to steal the plans to the Death Star.
What movies will you see in 2016?
I wish all of you the most wonderful go Christmases. Now, quit reading blogs and spend some time wth family.
Christmas Eve may be my favorite day of the year. All of the anticipation of the season comes to a head on the day before Christmas.
Our family will spend some time partaking in some traditions that we have spent the years building. It’s wonderful.
What do you like about Christmas Eve?
Today is Festivus.
If you don’t know what Festivus is, it’s the holiday for the rest of us popularized by the Seinfeld episode The Gift. It’s mainly a made up holiday that no one takes seriously.
The tenets of the holiday are the following: 1) Airing of Grievances 2) Feats of Strength and 3) the Festivus miracle.
My friend, David, and jokingly get together each year to eat lunch on Festivus. It’s a tradition that we use to get together and have some fun at Christmas. But what should we really do with Festivus as brothers in Christ?
First, we should “do all things without grumbling or disputing.” The airing of grievances really has no place in the believer’s life.
Next, “be strong and courageous.” This is the greatest feat of strength that we could perform on a daily basis.
Finally, God is in charge of miracles. It’s up to Him when they happen. They could happen on Festivus or any day that the Lord chooses.
So, celebrate Festivus, but redeem it for the Lord. Don’t follow in the footsteps of Frank Costanza. Follow the Lord instead.
I can sum up what Christmas means to me in two words.
Faith and Family.
There are few Christmas presents that I can truly remember. One of them is a Bible I received.
I thought it was a brick, but when I opened the gift it was my very own King James Bible. I proud to carry that particular book around, although the King’s English was probably a bit advanced for my little kindergarten mind. To this day, if you really want to get me excited, buy me a Bible as a gift. There’s just something about God’s word and the foundation it is for my faith.
My family is the second most important thing to me, especially at Christmas. My spiritual gift if gifts, which I love receiving and giving. Seeing the looks on their faces when they get something excites me and makes the holiday perfect.
Christmas means many things to everyone. What does it mean for you?