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OUR NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Remembering Holidays Past
Once upon a time, on a Christmas Eve long ago, my family was getting ready to call it a night. My kids, Hannah and Peyton, buzzed with excitement. In a few hours, Santa Claus would arrive to put their gifts under the tree, and though my wife and I told them he wouldn’t come if they were still awake, they insisted it would be impossible to go to sleep that night. At about 9:30 p.m., as the kids made sure the milk and cookies were perfect, my wife noticed something out on our front lawn. She switched on the floodlights, and through the window we could see a certain toymaker dressed in red, trekking across the grass. “My kids talked about that Christmas Eve long after they stopped believing in Santa and learned it was Granddad in a costume.”
minute leading up to the holidays. Then, after Christmas, those two weeks into the new year are always the most relaxing. This year, I’m glad to have a moment to unwind and take in everything from the preceding year we’re grateful for. It’s also a great time to brainstorm plans for our future and create New Year’s resolutions. 2018 will be a new chapter for the clinic. We’ve brought in the new health care model, adding a nurse practitioner to the staff and expanding our services to include natural pain management procedures. I guess you could say my New Year’s resolution is to make sure my patients have more options to improve their health. I’m excited to expand into regenerative medicine and help patients of all ages enjoy a drug-free, surgery-free, pain-free life.
At the sight of old Saint Nick, Hannah and Peyton freaked out. They were thrilled to see Santa Claus himself, but quickly worried he wouldn’t leave them any toys, since they were still awake. When I suggested he might visit the other nearby houses first, then circle back later, they raced off to bed. Once the coast was clear, I went out and told “Santa” he could come back inside. My dad came in, still wearing the loaner Santa Claus outfit, his eyes bright with joy after bringing a bit of Christmas magic to life for his grandkids. My kids talked about that Christmas Eve long after they stopped believing in Santa and learned it was Granddad in a costume. Our Christmases have always been pretty low-key. Traditionally, we travel during Thanksgiving, so we tend to stay home with the kids in December. But that’s what the holidays are about, right? It is a time to relax with your loved ones and celebrate the blessings of the season. By the time Christmas rolls around, I can really do with a bit of relaxation.
I want to wish a merry Christmas and happy
holidays to you all. May you and your family be blessed with health and happiness in the new year.
The first half of December is the busiest time of the year for us. We seem to go nonstop every
Dr. Casey Bearden
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