I was born and raised as what I would categorize a beach bum, though I lived two hours away from any kind of shoreline. That did not deter my family. Every Friday in the summer we all hopped in the van and headed out for the weekend to go camping by the lake, and boy did I love this beach lifestyle.

It makes sense, then, that my family could also be categorized as Parrot Heads (aka Jimmy Buffet fans). My dad had the box set of Jimmy’s fun, island music and we’ve all been to numerous concerts the likes of which you have to experience to believe. My dad and I even danced to “Margaritaville” for our father/daughter dance at my wedding – he wore a tux and Panama hat with a fake lobster on the top. My own kids were still in car seats when they learned how to get their fins up, and heck, ”Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right” is actually how they learned right from left!

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Some think Christmas is much more than being together. It's about the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. John 3:17

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