Christmas has always been my favorite holiday dating back to my childhood when we would travel down to my Grandmas house in Hayward. Several of my Mom's siblings would attend which resulted in 15-20 fellow grand kids running around like a bunch of heathens with sticky faces and grubby fingers on Christmas Eve. After a giant meal we would sit around and take turns opening gifts from the lucky aunt or uncle who drew our name out of Santa's hat. Those nights it was a miracle I feel asleep at all with the amount surging anticipation coursing through my body. Christmas mornings always proved to be memorable, whether it be from the euphoria of opening the perfect gift, or the tears of agony when your aunt bought you the wrong color sweats (true story). Now that my kids are old enough to grasp the idea, I am starting to enjoy the holiday from a parents perspective of creating these memories for them. I know that the materialistic drive behind our current Christmas isn't ideal, so over the next few years we will be trying to get our kids to focus on the time spent with family and the gift giving part of the holidays, wish us luck. Being that Christmas is on a Wednesday that is only one week away, this will be the last newsletter of 2019! I want to thank all of you who take the time to read these, it means the world to me and you'll be hearing from me first thing in 2020!