I enjoy all the decorations, seeing families, seeing children's smiles as they open presents, etc.
The season has extra meaning now with a son in the house.
Although he doesn't quite understand the meaning of the holidays yet, he will.
Although he's not sure how to react when he receives a gift, he will.
But I hope to teach him the value of family during the holiday season.
We all don't live conveniently close to family, meaning sometimes, it's difficult to see family with the exception of the holidays.
Fortunately, both Merry and I live fairly close to family.
Merry grew up here and maintains contact with her brothers and sisters.
I grew up in Spencer. Most of my family lives in either Indianapolis or Spencer, so it's not that difficult to visit.
But with life being so hectic, it's not necessarily easy to just take a weekend and say, "We're going to go and visit family."
Life doesn't work that way.
So when the holidays roll around, I enjoy every minute I get to spend with family.
I think it's important.
And James David will learn this as well.
He'll understand as he gets older all those moments are very important.
James David has cousins who live in Ellettsville.
But their parents (my sister and brother-in-law) live just as busy lives as anyone else. It is very difficult for him to visit with his cousins, both girls.
When we all get together as a family, you can tell he enjoys spending time with them.
And they adore him. Every time we show up for a family function, they're eyes glow with anticipation of seeing "Baby James," as they affectionately call him.
His eyes, in turn, get bright, and he smiles as if to say, "It's been way too long."
As he gets older, playing with his cousins will be important.
He's two years younger than his youngest cousin, but she enjoys his company.
Spending time with family is so important.
You don't know how much time you really have.