One of my favorite things about Christmas are the surprises.

As a kid, I can remember my brother and I lying in our bunk beds on Christmas Eve, unable to sleep due to the anticipation. Not even the night before the first day of school could rival the anticipation of Christmas Eve.

The reason anticipation was so high was because we didn’t know what Christmas morning would bring. All we knew was that there would be surprises.


Surprises are awesome. They break up the monotony of ordinary days and make them “extra” ordinary. The extras are what make life worth living.

I experienced a few extras over the weekend. Chili and mustard on my hot dog at the Varsity on Saturday. “Naked dogs,” (as they are called at the legendary Atlanta eatery) are not worth the calories. Give me the chili.

Another extra happened on my Friday night car ride with my daughter Rebekah. We were returning home from a high school basketball game when she said, “Dad I have a surprise for you.” There is that word again.

“A surprise?” I replied. ”Yes sir. A surprise.”

She then proceeded to reach into her Mary Poppins bag (that all women seem to carry) and pull out a George Strait Greatest Hits CD. Surprise! Let’s just say the ride home got a whole lot better with, “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?”

I hope you will pay attention to the surprises over the coming weeks. They will be there … A moment with your spouse. A request from your kid. A conversation with a coworker. Pay attention and you will clearly see them. However, if you are not careful you will miss the surprises in the midst of all the Christmas chaos.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What was the greatest Christmas surprise you ever experienced?

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