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It‘s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Another semester has come to an end and it's time for us to enjoy a little time off from the hectic and busy schedule that is common among all vet students. I always look forward to winter break. The fall semester, which seems to drag on forever, is finally over and all the notes that have accumulated over the semester can be put in the back of my closet. I no longer have to feel guilty for choosing the couch and television over a 700-page binder of notes (well, at least for a few weeks).

During this time of the year, everyone is in high spirits and the weather is a welcome change from the relentless Texas heat, even if it is still eighty degrees outside. One of my favorite things about winter break is celebrating Christmas. Christmas is without a doubt my favorite holiday. It's a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends that we, as students, often don't get to do a lot of during the semester. I always have a fun and enjoyable holiday with my family. We play games, eat lots of food, watch Home Alone and White Christmas multiple times, attend church at midnight, and just enjoy each other's company. Christmas is also a time of giving. I love going shopping for Christmas gifts, not just for my family and friends but also for those in need. I enjoy taking gifts every year to my church because I know that these gifts will make a big difference in the lives of those that receive them. I may not know the person or family that ultimately receives these gifts, but there is nothing more satisfying to me knowing that you provided a child or struggling family with a gift to open on Christmas morning.

As is always the case, winter break will fly by and another semester will soon begin, my last until I start clinics in May. But right now, as I reflect on this year, I make note of all that I have been given, learned, and achieved. As we all prepare for this Christmas season, give thanks to God for His many blessings and remember that He is the real reason for celebrating this beautiful holiday. This Christmas, I hope that all of you will appreciate the gift of family and give a little extra to those in need. Merry Christmas to all and may you have a safe, refreshing, and blessed holiday. Happy 2013!