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It's the most wonderful time of the year

Even though it's only November 26, the Christmas season has begun. A short walk through any sort of shopping area and you see busy buyers, rampaging the store's shelves in search of this or that gift that Johnny or Susie just have to get for Christmas. Public places are decorated with festive lights and Christmas trees. The weather hasn't caught the seasonal memo, but everything else is pretty much on board to celebrate the holiday season. Christmas is such a fun time. For starters, it is a celebration of the birth of the King of kings and Lord of lords. What a cause for jubilation! Secondly, Christmas is a time to enjoy family and friends and a time to show love to others. I love finding the perfect gift for the precious people in my life and watch them smile as they open their presents. It brings me joy to make them happy! Thirdly, although I always have to have a course of IV antibiotics over the holidays, I don't have to worry about school work, deadlines, or tests. It is freeing to have a complete break from my busy school life.

Speaking of school, I only have one more week of classes, followed by dead days and finals, and then I'm finished with my third semester at Baylor. It's crazy to think about!! I don't know how the semester is really about to end so quickly. The concept of time is just so strange. But, somehow, this semester's end is literally just around the corner. One more final push of energy and motivation, and I'll be in the clear to begin a new semester! I'm excited to see what the future has in store for me next semester.

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy your week, and don't let opportunities to love other people pass you by!

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