This time, for the first time in many years, I go back to two special people who are no longer around to make Christmas the cheery season that it is.
The grandmother in Bakersfield who baked her special rum soaked Christmas cakes for so many people. I remember especially her three young grandchildren ripping into the Christmas presents; the tinsel, ribbons and gift wraps quickly covering the floor.
And the man who always put up the best Christmas decorations and tree that he could for his grown children and young grandchildren even when they were not by his side for Christmas.
While I gather the family and friends for Christmas revelry, I am also thinking of loved ones who I shared Christmas with all those years ago.
And I am grateful to have them always, if only in my memory anymore.