HO-HO-HOPE

You were good boys and girls and get just everything your hearts desire.  One thing is for sure, I’ll not get my customary lump of coal.  My gift was delivered yesterday morning and this will be the most peaceful, hopeful Christmas in very many years.  I’m not big on the commercial side of the holiday, preferring to take the time to reflect on the true meaning for the millions of Christians around the world.  I like Linus’ rendition in a Charlie Brown Christmas, the message of Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward men.  Tomorrow rightfully is the best expression of that and should warm us all regardless of theological bent.  It has been a festive past fortnight and I want to thank all the friends that have made this a most memorable holidays, I truly feel blessed to be surrounded by such a loving community.

Some Stocking Stuffers:
Jody Green- Either a new butt or a remedy to the excruciating pain she has endured over the last 2 months.  Our hearts go out to you dear.
John Tully- A wax gift certificate to Kimberly Spa, his dome knows no peer.
Ivan Marsh- Great success with his Empyrean Trail 5K Run.  http://www.caroljoyholling.org/ Set for February 18, limited to the first 300 entrants, you better Giddyup if you want to run this new Winter Classic.
Matt Pohren- Those Racer STs in every color combo to meet his fashionista wardrobe.
Bridget Easley & Kaci Lickteig- The experience of a lifetime at next month’s USA Women’s Olympic Trials Marathon
Lincoln Running Co. & Ndorfnz Racing- Great training and competition for the upcoming year.
Burke Stadium- Seats filled to capacity for the USA Club T&F Champs in July.
Peter vd. Westhuizen- An Olympic Medal in London.
Mike Morgan- A spot on the Men’s USA Olympic Marathon Team.
Shannon Stenger & Paul Wilson- More hours in the day (both are very busy with future Team Nebraska stars)
Team Nebraska- Continued success across so many levels of involvement in the Nebraska running community.  I always wonder how we’ll top the current and previous years, but somehow these fine athletes and volunteers manage it.

Be sure to set out cookies and milk and check in tonight for my annual Christmas Classic.