Christmas is just around the corner. There are only 21 days until Christmas morning. Here is a “Meet the Team” with a different spin, check out what we love most about the holiday season:

Dean

What I love about Christmas is a question I had to think about for just a little bit. The problem for me is when I think about Christmas; it’s about sharing and spending time with family. Well, I try to do this most of the year, so what is it that makes Christmas different from any other time of the year? So, I thought about it because I absolutely love Christmas. 

I love having a Christmas tree up and the decorations that go up all over town. Also, I love blending Thanksgiving and Christmas because, after all, what more can we be thankful for than the birth of Jesus. Now while Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman are fun to sing to the grandkids, I love my Christian Christmas music. It starts for me around November the 15th with my favorite Christmas CD, Big Daddy Weave, followed up by Mercy Me and Casting Crowns. Like a warm cup of Apple Cider with Cinnamon, it warms my soul. 

It’s about Jesus and my relationship with God. How great he is and how Christmas, for me, is a constant reminder that he came to Earth for me. Now I know he came for you too, but at this moment, when I am singing, it’s about me. No matter where I am – in my office, my home, or my truck – I am either singing in my head or out loud. The cool thing about singing praises the entire month of December is that I find myself Praise up and ready for the New Year.

I hope whatever it is that brings you the most joy at Christmas, that this year, you get enough to warm your soul.

Santa Dean

Danielle

When I think of Christmas, I immediately think about family. Being a military family for over 20 years, it was the one time each year I knew I would see everyone no matter where we lived. Even now, since we settled in Indiana, our family is split between Michigan and North Carolina, and we manage to spend time with both sides. 

Thinking about all the food, we will be making and baking with our kids and doing things that create memories and traditions brings a smile to my face. Some of the best times were when Santa would come to our house. Now that my kids are older, it’s the one day each year that they actually will get out of bed before me! 

As you get older, the real meaning of Christmas becomes more apparent. Whether you have faith or believe in Jesus, almost everyone celebrates the birth of Christ, and in his way, he has found a day to bring everyone together for peace and happiness.

Santa Danielle

Brittany

Alright, one of the best parts of Christmas, not the best part but one of the best parts, is Christmas Movies. We could kick off our fun, old-fashioned family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select the most important Christmas symbol…but I usually start the Christmas season by breaking out the movie collection first. 

Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind. Movies definitely have a way of bringing in the Christmas joy. Can’t forget that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant. “Deck the harrs with boughs of horry; fa ra ra, fa ra ra, fa ra ra. Deck the harrs with boughs of horry; fa ra ra, fa ra ra, fa ra ra.” 

There is definitely a lot of movie watching and carol singing at my house while we decorate.

It won’t be long before we’ll all be there with snow, snow. What is Christmas with no snow? I’m always dreaming of a White Christmas.

After all the decorating and of course the first snow, then we’ll make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll-House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.

Enough silliness, the Christmas season is a magical time of the year. I can’t wait for movies, music, lights, family, and friends. The season isn’t complete without every part. The traditions of old, and the new ones that come up as my family grows.

Just remember the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.

Merry Christmas, you filthy animal.

Santa Britt

(Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, The Grinch, A Christmas Story, White Christmas, Elf, Polar Express, Home Alone)

Jared

My favorite part of Christmas is the Christmas Eve Service. Everyone is in a cheerful mood when you see them, and all the kids are very excited for the anticipation of Santa Clause coming that night. At the end of the service, everyone is holding their candle singing Silent night. It is very calm and just a neat experience to be apart of with friends and family.

Santa Jared

Christian

I love everything about the Christmas holiday season. Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. Once mid-November hits, I am ready to decorate the tree and watch Christmas movies. I would say my favorite part of Christmas is spending time and carrying out traditions with family. I have two young kids, and my wife and I are really looking forward to creating Christmas traditions that we can carry on through their childhood. The true meaning of Christmas is an important lesson that we look forward to teaching them as they grow.