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A Little Bit More...

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
— Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Every year, I look forward to going home. You can not help but to smile when you walk in- the twinkling Christmas lights, the smell of homemade cookies, and mom sure knows how to decorate for the holidays. The tree is always spectacular, filled with ornaments from our past, each with their own special meaning. The Snow Village  takes you down memory lane to her time in a small Minnesota town. And as far as decorations go, well basically everything comes down and something Christmassy takes its place. Including my sister and I's homemade gifts from grade school! That pine cone tree I made nearly 30 years ago still comes out, my sister's plastic bag wreath still has a spot, and our clothespin reindeer are still hung with care. Mom truly loves those gifts because they came from our heart not from our wallets. In fact, to this day, if you ask her what she wants for Christmas, she will promptly reply, "A clean house and a happy family." I get it now, mom, I really do.

For the first time in our lives, Steve and I can honestly say we do not need or even want anything this Christmas. Sure, we wish for love, safety, world peace, but nothing you can physically wrap and tie with a bow. We are content with what is in our closets, Steve does not want any new video games, while new fitness equipment is cool, I prefer my old dumbbells, and our new home is finally complete. We really can not think of one blessed thing....and it has changed our perspective. Now, instead of rushing to the stores after work, I take my time driving home, turning down different neighborhoods and seeing the lights. Steve is not frantically searching the internet in hopes of topping last year's gift, instead he is working on his garden and rebuilding a reindeer he made in shop class many years ago. 

Christmas is about family, making memories, traditions, spending time with loved ones, being blessed, our hearts filled with joy, and experiencing true happiness. No expensive gift under the tree can give you that feeling, at least not forever. Christmas doesn't come from a store. Christmas, perhaps, is a little bit more...

"Upper Body Supersets"

This is a great workout for all fitness levels. Build muscle, lose fat, tone up, and slim down with supersets! Please watch the video for the workout demonstration by MAX Trainer, Steve.