Keystone Law Firm - December 2018


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Joys of the Season The Real Magic of the Holidays

More than the decorations or the carols, what I love most about this time of year is the joy that underpins these holiday trimmings. My kids throw themselves into the Christmas spirit with inspiring enthusiasm — believe it or not, they’ve been listening to “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls” since October! Watching their excitement build as we approach the big day certainly brings me back to my own childhood. There was nothing like waking up Christmas morning and running down to see what was under the tree. To this day, I remember how blown away I was when I unwrapped my very own gaming system. I never in a million years would have guessed that I’d be allowed my own console, and the surprise wasn’t over. Just as the gears in my 10-year-old head were beginning to turn, imagining how I’d monopolize our only television, my parents wheeled out the second half of my present: my very own TV. It was the perfect gift. My best friend next door had just gotten the hand-held version of the same console for Hanukkah, and the games were interchangeable. We spent long hours playing games like Contra together in what was really the dawn of the home video gaming era. These days, electronics for Christmas are the norm, but my wife and I like to mix things up with other gifts as well, even if they’re from the dollar store. Nothing beats the unbridled joy of our children diving into a mountain of presents. Cleaning up all the wrapping paper is worth it. Speaking of video games, my oldest son, in particular, has taken a liking to them. Over the years, he’s shown me incredible creations he’s been able to make in games like Minecraft, and now his creativity is expanding beyond the games themselves. He’s started making his own games using simplistic coding systems; at 11 years old, he’s already talking about pursuing a career as a programmer. So it comes as no surprise that he asked for his own computer this Christmas. As a parent, I love being invested in my children’s futures. Since my son already has such conviction in a career path and has fostered such talent for it at an early age, part of me really wants to make this Christmas wish come true. That being said, a computer’s a big responsibility. As his father, I also want to make sure I have the technical knowledge to keep him safe, which is a hard thing to do

when my son already knows his way around a PC better than I do. This is a brave new world for us. If anyone has some advice on the matter, I sure would appreciate it! But again, these gifts are really just the trimmings that underpin the real joy of Christmas. As Linus reminds us in the Peanuts holiday special, “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”



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