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The Tyrade – Something to believe in

By Ty Higgins

Well it came and went. Another Christmas is in the books and it was officially a success for the Higgins household. Daddy worked for hours assembling, mommy spent hours cleaning and the kids are still playing with toys fresh from their packaging.

This is a great time for our kids. My daughter is 8 and my son is 5 and you can see, hear and feel the magic of the Holidays. We know full well that the way it was this year may only last a year or two more as they reach the tweenage years all too soon.

The presence of this magic made me realize a correlation between what the kids and adults believe during this time of year.

The first thing that stood out to me was when the kids where wishing for the treasures that were on their list the looked up and talked to the big man in red. Skyward is the very same direction that we adults look toward when we talk to the big, big man to ask for things that we hope for as well.

Both men are a mystery but we need them in our lives to feel content, safe and loved.

Both men know if you have been bad or good, although I would rather be on one nice list more than the other.

And both men can be in many places at once and spread joy to whoever is looking for it.

This time of year good tidings are different for the kids than they are for the adults. For kids the material things bring that little bit of joy until it is on to the next toy. For adults, seeing that joy from the kids, spending time with family and realizing the reason for the celebration brings happiness.

If you ask me Christmas couldn’t have come at a better time. The last few weeks have been trying for everyone in our great country and after hanging our heads in sorrow and disbelief lately, it feels good to point our eyes in the right direction, whatever the reason.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013.

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