Happy holidays!

What a wonderful time of year.  As with many of us, my first memories of Christmas centered on Santa Claus and the promise of presents and a new toy.  I have vivid memories of this excitement and anticipation of getting that one special gift.

That being many years ago, I go down memory lane of many holidays gone by.  The memories move quickly, however, from my childhood to the joy of providing just the right gift for my son.  Being able to provide this joy to our children in the form of a special Christmas gift, is a delightful part of parenthood.  However, the realization  that many in our own backyard are denied this simple joy causes one look outside ones’ self,  seeking ways to bring these joys to others.

Boise is a place where doing the right thing is more prevalent than in any other place I’ve called home.  I find myself often saying, “only in Boise” when someone’s purse is returned with nothing taken. We are blessed to live in an area where family, faith and seeing to those in need matter.

Regardless of your faith, I hope you’ll find reasons to rejoice in the good in your life, finding ways to share that good with others.  Invite a friend that has no family to join yours for the holiday. Give in to the urge to commit random acts of kindness. Surprise yourself with how much better it feels to give than to receive. Then, strive to take this into your daily life – well beyond this most wonderful time of year.

Many blessings to each of you and a wonderful New Year!