SABAL December 2017

December 2017

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New Town, New Traditions What Does a Rockport Christmas Look Like?

When my family decided to move to Rockport, we knew there would be a lot of changes. We anticipated the adjustments that come with a new house, new jobs, new friends, and a great new community. What we didn’t anticipate was a hurricane sweeping through during our first summer here. Watching a natural disaster on television doesn’t prepare you to see that kind of destruction devastate a town you love so much. But we also never anticipated the amazing surge of support we saw among the people of Rockport and the surrounding area. I was incredibly moved to see how a community can come together in the face of tragedy and rebuild. There is certainly a lot of work still ahead, but I know now, more than ever, that we made the right choice in deciding to call Rockport our new home. We are excited to celebrate our first Christmas in this wonderful town. My husband and I make sure to focus on why we celebrate Christmas and teach our sons about the birth of Jesus. We take our boys to church regularly, and at bedtime, we read from a children’s Bible storybook. Throughout the year, we’ll read about the story of the Nativity, and at Christmas, I take out a special toy Nativity set the boys can play with to feel more connected to this beautiful story. We’re teaching our sons Christmas as a birthday celebration for Jesus, and because of that, Santa isn’t a big deal in our house. That’s not to say we completely reject some of the commercialized aspects of Christmas. We love to put up our tree, drive around to see Christmas lights, and make ornaments while watching Christmas movies as a family. My boys like “Elf” and “The Santa Clause,” and I look forward to binging on the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies. When Christmas Eve

rolls around, we’re likely to be snuggled up peacefully in our beds. Being in a new town means our Christmas will be different than in years past, and I’m looking forward to exploring some fresh traditions! The Rockport Tropical Christmas Festival in early December caught my attention when I first heard about it. I know this has been a Rockport tradition for years and it was wonderful to know, despite the devastation we faced just weeks ago, that it would continue. It’s been a difficult few months, but I’m encouraged by the perseverance and spirit of this community. Whatever the holiday holds, I’m happy to be celebrating in Rockport. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! I hope you and your loved ones enjoy happiness and good health in the new year.

–Dr. Valerie Sperry

Sabal General Dentistry • 361-729-1333 • 1

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