Christmas is fast approaching. I feel like a little kid again. My excitement level is exceptionally high this year. I am not exactly sure what is so special about this year but I am very happy with everything and optimistic about the holidays. This marks my second Christmas married and away from home. Last year at this time, I really did not know what to expect. I am sure all newly married couples experience the same thing. The first Christmas away from family and with someone new. Well, of course, it was amazing and I could not have been happier. My wife is wonderful and amazes me more and more every day with her selfless devotion and unwavering commitment to our family and household. Last year we visited both our families the day of Christmas and her father the day before, all of which we are repeating this year. Looking back at this time last year, four Christmases did not sound as wonderful as it turned out to be. I was afraid things would be rushed and we would miss so much and barely get to spend time with everyone and just spend the whole time driving. Of course it turned out to be fantastic which is why I am doubly excited this year. I think I am also a little excited because I am not experiencing gift-anxiety the way I usually do since I was fortunate enough to complete my shopping some time ago this year. That is truly a load off of the mind and feels so nice that I intend to make a habit of shopping earlier. Easier said than done of course, but I did manage once so why not?