A part of Christmas for me always revolves around friends. Whether it is co-workers, neighbors or friends for years from school there is always some get together. A shopping trip together, a lunch to unwind from the shopping, a cookie exchange, even a company gathering. There are cards to send out to reconnect with friends we have lost touch with in distance and schedules that are too busy. I can’t count the number of times I run into someone I haven’t seen in ages while shopping. Friends make life bearable. I have always believed they are the “family” we choose. Call a friend up and take some time to let them know you still care. This Christmas embrace the warmth of friendship, one of the greatest gifts of all.