That headline doesn’t have a very good ring to it, but hey, we have to deal with what’s in front of us.

Regardless of the current situation, we can all focus on the true spirit of Christmas, and for those of you who believe in Jesus, the true reason for the season.

I have a really good reason to smile this Christmas. I have a new granddaughter and five other very active grandchildren, the oldest of which is six.

With grandchildren, I get to relive Christmases past, when our daughters were little girls.

This year, the granddaughter who looks, talks, and walks just like her mother is getting a little tricycle from us. Back when we bought our daughter one for Christmas, she sat next to me in front of the fireplace and jibber-jabbered non-stop as I put it together, as if she knew what she was talking about.

She seemed very sincere in what she was saying, but she had not a clue what was coming out of her mouth (or, maybe she did!).

I have that special night recorded on a massive VHS tape. One day, I’ll convert all my old VHS, C, and 8 mm tapes to a digital format.

Like many of you, visits to parents, and even to children, have been somewhat curtailed this year due to COVID-19.

We’ve already visited my wife’s mother, and we plan to visit my parents in the nursing home after Christmas. The usual Christmas celebrations with our parents were canceled this year.

I hope each of you have a very Merry Christmas. Be safe out there, especially if traveling, and make the best out of your particular situation this year.

Next year’s Christmas will be back to normal. If it isn’t, our country will be dealing with internal strife more serious than this pandemic.

Until next week, have a good week.

Mike Probst can be reached at

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