Christmas, Christmas . . . What a great time of year!

Snow flakes falling is our hope for a white Christmas as the big day approaches.

Can’t you hear the sleigh bells jingling . . . and carolers singing, in many cases from neighbors going door-to-door in their local neighborhoods.

I can’t wait to see the luminaries displayed around the outside of our church on Christmas Eve. And then to be able to light our individual candles, and stand and sing Silent Night after the Sanctuary lights have been turned off. I mean what a special, wonderful, emotional feeling.

That’s what Christmas is about: Honoring our savior, our one King; sharing memories; and remembering loved ones and friends no longer with us in our Holy place and seated around the dinner table in homes on Christmas Day; and seated around the Christmas Tree, telling stories with the fireplace aglow while the anticipation of our children and grandkids grows.

Christmas is about kids of all shapes, sizes and color. And Santa, we know you realize that.

Please don’t lose sight of having big hearts and about giving, more than receiving.

And, yes, I’m all about giving. And hopefully we all still BELIEVE in you!

I’m not very good about sending Christmas cards, but I really do want to send a special Christmas message to all of my newspaper friends over the years; coaches; school administrators; and various volunteers at sporting events, high schools in particular.

And, please Santa:

*—Bring comfort and joy to every family member who has lost a loved one. Make it so that tears are not wasted, that they eventually bring all families together for a joyous Noel. 
(Among other Morrows still together for the special occasion, our family will be remembering my younger sister Cathy, who was called to Heaven a little over one year ago.)

*—Share good tidings with many of my former colleagues and coaching friends, whom I’m sure will be seated around the biggest Christmas tree in the sky, sharing a story or two and enjoying their eggnog. And let them know that another graybeard is thinking of them and still pounding those computer keys after 55 glorious years.

*—Spread hope to the many children who must spend the holidays in a hospital, and let the spirit of love gently fill the hearts of parents praying for the best, and a speedy recovery for their children.

*—Please warm the homeless, feed the hungry, bring cheer, good health to all; And see to it that that all children have their eyes light up like a Christmas tree on Christmas morning.

*—Let everyone cherish peace and joy on earth, and good will to men. 

*—And spread some of your magic elf dust and and make it so that we all remember what it’s like to feel like being a kid again on such a wonderful time of the year!

And to you Santa . . .  and to all of us, have a Holly Jolly Christmas and a Hap, Hap, Happy New Year!

*—Mark Morrow, a Hall of Fame Indiana sportswriter, has resided in Hamilton County since 1989. You can follow him in The Times, and on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at mediamarko5@gmail.com or by calling 317 460-8018.