Dear Family, Friends & Brothers/Sisters of Boys Town~
Today Christmas is less than two weeks away. By now most of us have put up our trees and decorated until they glisten, bought, wrapped and placed under the tree gifts to our family & friends, prepared our Christmas Eve/Day menus.
We are ready to welcome family & friends into our homes to share in the spirit and warmth of the Christmas season.
This is all fine and expected during the holidays.
I do hope each of us will take time to remember the real reason for Christmas. It is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
As you gather with family & friends I pray that you will not only remember the reason for Christmas but will also remember those families that will have an empty chair at their Christmas table. Remember those families with servicemen and servicewomen who are in harms way to protect us. Most importantly remember those family who will have that empty chair each and every year due to the over 5,500 who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms in Iraq & Afghan conflicts…whether we agree with the conflicts or not.
Take time to remember those Christmas’s past, cherish the memories as we never know whom we may not have with us as we gather next year.
I know I remember my years at Boys Town and how special they made Christmas for those of us who did not have a family or home to call our own. I remember and cherish memories of the 1st Christmas I was able to enjoy with family I found at 52 years of age with my cousin Carol and her family and the year that followed when I met all my family of the Borysiak side of the family. These are memories I will cherish for a lifetime.
Yes, Christmas time is a time for memories, love, spirit, warmth and joy!
My wish and prayer for each of you who read this is a very Merry, Blessed and Joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Below is a link to a small Christmas present for each of you:
A Christmas Gift to my Family & Friends:
This is a walk through what is now totally Father Flanagan’s home at Boys Town…back in his day it was not only his home but a dorm for the boys, classrooms & chapel.