I thought I’d take a few minutes for one final note before the day arrives, and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
We have the annual Christmas Eve Net tonight and I hope you will have time to stop by and join your “Radio Family” for a few minutes of holiday cheer before heading off to bed.
We started this net a few years ago when I was working in Tennessee and didn’t get to talk to everyone on the regular Thursday club nets. It was an instant hit and we’ve done it every year since.
The Christmas Eve Net never fails to bring back good memories of things we’ve done as a group in the past. For me, one stands out from the rest.
A few years ago, we had a 9 year old in the group named Tom, and the only thing he wanted for Christmas that year was a tower for his antennas. His parents asked me to help, and as luck would have it, I found a dealer who stocked brand new towers in our area.
The next hurdle was how to keep him from finding it before the fact. The answer was simple…keep it “offsite” and have a special delivery under cover of darkness from the North Pole.
When Christmas Eve arrived, Tom moped around the house all day; obviously he’d checked out all the best hiding places and come up short. He headed off to bed, and at around midnight, a phone call was placed, saying simply “He’s asleep”…
A short time later, a “jolly old elf” showed up in a pickup truck (sleigh and reindeer are tough to use without snow) and left a present in the front yard. The driver swears to this day that when looking in the rearview mirror, he had sprouted white whiskers and had on a red cap…
When Tom awoke the next morning, his folks said “look outside” and there on the frosty grass was a new tower stacked neatly…no foot prints, tire tracks or sleigh marks to be seen…yes Thomas…there is a Santa Claus!
There are numerous instances of the same sort of things happening all year, and I think our group realizes more than most, that the best gift we can give or receive is the gift of ourselves…and that’s one that can be freely given year round.
I hope to hear you and your families tonight as we gather around the radio for a final round of fellowship. And if you can’t be with us, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas…
Ho, Ho, Ho,