Santa! I know him!


Merry Christmas to you and yours, and thank you for taking the time each week (hopefully) to read this column. I cannot put into words how much I value each and every one of you who grab the Voice of Muscatine out of your mailbox each week and read through it.


I love everything about Christmas . . . except, of course, for piles of snow. But I’m not going to do anything about it because I truly love living in Muscatine, even if that means the risk of slipping on ice on a daily basis. Christmas is different when you have children. Our boys are both looking forward to Santa stopping by this Sunday.


It makes me remember growing up and the anticipation that my brother Phil and I had each Christmas. The struggle was to not wake up at 5 a.m. and run downstairs. Is it weird that I’m looking forward to that experience in a few years? I don’t really have a problem with waking up early since I do it weekdays for my radio show.


What time did your kids wake up on Christmas? Anyone have to tell a youngster that 1 a.m. is not the best time to see if Santa stopped by? I’d love to hear your feedback and stories. Feel free to write me directly at [email protected].


What I realize as I get older is that I have NO answer to “What do you want for Christmas?” Zip, zero, zilch. I tried really hard to provide my poor wife, Kasey, with an answer to that question, and I do believe once again I came up with nothing. Maybe a few more button-down shirts? How boring is that? Is it wrong to tell her I’d like that Classic NES (new mini Nintendo that comes preloaded with all the games)—am I too old for that? I’ll stick with the clothing request and then maybe try and get my hands on the gaming system that I will play once before it sits on the shelves and collects dust. At least I’m not asking for a Hatchimals!


Here’s to a holiday season full of family, friends, and moments you’ll cherish forever. I hope you also take a moment to count your blessings and, if you can, give back to those who are less fortunate. The Salvation Army of Muscatine would love any support you could provide (563) 263-8272 or MCSA (Muscatine Center for Social Action) another wonderful place that helps so many in our fine community (563) 264-3278.