We just wrapped up our annual family Kris Kringle revelations - a goofy, rambunctious family tradition that we've managed to observe over the years despite the extended family wrangling and the general drifting apart of once-close relatives.
I don't think of myself as an overly-sentimental man, but maybe because I'm getting on, I suppose I'm beginning to see family in a different light.
It's easy to take them for granted, especially when one is busy chasing one's ambitions.
But at the end of the day, being surrounded by material possessions - the trophies of success - one finds oneself still empty and unsatisfied.
And yet, one funny, laughter-filled day with my parents, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, and my favorite dog somehow makes me happier than any flashy sports car or new addition to my various hoards of beautiful things.
I don't spend a whole lot of time with the folks nor my siblings, for various reasons. And I realize my reasons, at the end of the day, have little value.
Work is important. But family even more so.
I think that shall be my first resolution and epiphany for this new year.
I wonder what yours will be.
While you think about it, a good and prosperous 2013 to you and yours.
And may you cherish things of real value.