Champion Firm, P.C. - December 2019


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I can still remember the Christmas morning when there was a TV waiting for me under the tree. This wasn’t some family TV; this was a TV for my bedroom. I was 8 years old at the time, and that TV remains one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten. At the time, it seemed like a very grown-up thing to have. Keep in mind that this was a time before cable, so I wasn’t going to be watching cartoons in the middle of the night. I was excited because the TV allowed me to hook up my video game consoles, of which I had many. That Christmas, my parents were easily the coolest people in the world. However, now that I’m a parent myself, I don’t know what they were thinking! My daughter is 7 years old and there’s no way I’d ever give her a TV for her bedroom. I guess that’s the difference between celebrating the holidays as a kid and celebrating them as an adult — you see everything through a new perspective. Before my kids were born, my wife and I would visit my parents for Christmas every year. We’d spend Christmas Day in North Carolina, eating the breakfast casserole my mom prepared the night before and opening gifts. These days, we try to spend Christmas at home. My daughter is 7 and my son just turned 2, and we really want to create our own family traditions, with some tips I picked up from my parents. For example, we still have breakfast casserole on Christmas morning. This isn’t to say we don’t spend any time with the rest of the family during the holidays. It can be tricky to get everyone together on Christmas, so my mom hosts a big family gathering the weekend after Christmas. All of my family members in North Carolina get together at my parents' house, where my mom has made a bunch of hors d'oeuvres and drinks. The kids all open their presents while the adults talk and catch up. It’s always a lot of fun and something I look forward to every year.

No one tells you how much the holidays change when you grow up. To be honest, I think I like celebrating Christmas as a parent even more than I liked celebrating it when I was a kid. That magic of believing in Santa and staying up late imagining what presents I’ll get has been replaced by the joy of seeing my kids get so excited for the season. My daughter is old enough to notice Christmas is coming and has started to get excited. She’s been telling her brother about Santa Claus, and I expect her to wake us up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning. I won’t mind. We’ll get the breakfast casserole in the oven and dive into those gifts bright and early.

On behalf of The Champion Firm, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy holiday. May you have plenty of time to celebrate with the people you love.

We’ll see you in the new year!

–Darl Champion

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