(Photo of Booklet Gift: Michael Manning)
Finding a personal gift to share anytime of the year is special. A long-time friend of my family has been a devoted Elvis fan for years. Her son is a good buddy of mine. Late last year, I managed to locate a souvenir concert program from what turned out to be Elvis' final appearance in Las Vegas. It was in mint condition, with photographs that showcased "The King" at his best. Whether it's Christmas or a birthday (my buddy's mother was actually born on Christmas Day), it's always a great feeling to surprise someone with an unexpected treasure.
One phenomenon that I find amusing each year, after the holidays, is the die-hard neighbor who keeps their outdoor Christmas lights up long after everyone else has taken them down. This is just as true in Lincoln, Nebraska as it is in Malibu, California. Being late isn't always a bad thing. Just tonight, I heard a retail clerk say "Happy New Year" to a customer ahead of me, and I enjoyed it. So, I wished the clerk a "Happy New Year" when it was my turn in line. And now a word about the weather...
The cold snap we are experiencing here in Phoenix, Arizona is unusual. I'm told that the last time we had temperatures this cold was 1988--according to our local meteorologists. Last night, a friend in Nashville called me and mentioned that ice storms were expected this week, in her neck of the woods. Wherever your travels take you, be safe, be warm, and I hope you're surrounded by good friends and a mug of hot coffee--maybe with a little Bailey's added--if you're staying in!
(Image Courtesy of Gilbeys of Ireland)