SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: A belated Christmas wish

Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM.

Last Wednesday was Christmas Day, and so much has changed since last December, when my family gathered in DeLand to celebrate the birth of Bethlehem's Baby.

The Dickson family has always embraced and looked to the hope and joy the birth of the Christ child represents. I'm sure there will be a little less joy and a few tears around the table today. There was an empty chair at the table and a little less laughter as we had our first Christmas without my dad, who, as most of you know, passed away earlier this year.

But in the Christ child we have the hope that our separation is only temporary and that we will again be reunited with those we love.

So many memories of a lifetime of Christmases come pouring back as I write this column.

I think of the sacrifices my parents made working extra hours and denying things for themselves so that we kids could get many of the gifts we wanted.

Many of my Christmases were filled with gifts I could use in my athletic endeavors. Somewhere in an old photo album there's a picture of me at the age 4 with a football under my arm, standing next to an inflatable Popeye punching bag.

Through the years there were more footballs and football equipment as well as basketballs, tennis rackets, and even a ping pong table and a BB gun.

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