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Christmas time is maybe my favorite time of the year. I love the music, the decorations, the cheer, the anticipation of what’s coming. I love that it’s about the birth of Jesus and about Santa being merry and bright! I love that everyone is a little bit cherrier, with all those great parties and get-togethers.

The most important part of it all for me is family time. With three kids, it’s a really special time of the year. I love it all. Blasting the music, putting up the Christmas tree, drinking hot cocoa, going wreath shopping, seeing Santa…and so much more! It’s really what memories are made of and what life it all about. I don’t think there’s very much better seeing your kids absolutely light up the room on Christmas morning. It’s something really special. It’s a great time and a fun time and something that I remember enjoying as a kid even to this day.

Sometimes, however, life doesn’t always work exactly as planned. Sometimes it takes 5 or 6 times to get the gingerbread house to stay up, or maybe Caleb breaks 1 or 5 Christmas ornaments along the way, or it just seems like there are too many ornaments to put up in one day. And all those presents! But always do your best to keep in mind that all that chaos is the really good stuff that you will always remember. When things get to feel a bit overwhelming, just sit back and relax. Take some time out to take it all in. Maybe pause a little bit and enjoy yourself.

When things get a little hectic, I’m a big fan of wines by Gallo Family Vineyeards – and their Merlot to be exact. Gallo Family Vineyards celebrates the Modern American family and prides itself on being created by an American Family (Gallo) for American Families for 80+ years. Since the holiday season lasts for weeks, it’s always to stock up on some 1.5L bottles, be it Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Pinot Noir. We are talking a perfect way to chill and enjoy the moment. This time of year is special, so do everything you can to make it as special as it can be.

Being with family and sharing good times is not about picture-perfect greeting card pictures or making the best cookies in the world. It’s about life, love, and happiness. It’s the imperfect moments that make it human and real…and pretty darn fantastic.

So the next time you run out of wrapping paper or stamps or the Christmas turkey or ham burns a little bit…it’s ok. Don’t freak out, just sit back, relax and enjoy it. It’s those moments that you will remember and it’s those moments that make life as fun, unpredictable, and joyous as it is.

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