269. Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Christmas Day in Barrington, Illinois

The presents are unwrapped. The feasts are finished. The dishes are clean. My family is back home again and cookie crumbs, ripped ribbons and a tangle of new toys are all that remain after Christmas 2010. But before I call it a night, I wanted to say one more Merry Christmas for the year to you and the ones you love. My last thoughts on this Christmas Day are of friends here in Barrington who lost loved ones right before the holiday this year. Because the North Star plays such a key role in the story of Christmas, I’m reminded of this Eskimo proverb: “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

Christmas Day in Barrington, Illinois

I had hoped to reveal our holiday lights contest winners today, but I’m postponing the announcement for two reasons. 1.) I decided to focus on my family and leave the blog for last today and 2.) We received some last minute nominations on Christmas Eve and I must investigate! But please stay tuned. We’ll share the winners in the coming days right here at 365Barrington.com.

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