This year's Christmas will be extra special, as it will be Jillian's first.
There really isn't anything like a first Christmas. The children never remember it, but for us parents, we never forget it.
In 2007, Jacob celebrated his first Christmas. It too, was an extra special occasion. That year, with no money, he gave his mother and me a gift we will never forget. He started crawling on Christmas day.
I don't expect anything like that from Jillian this year, after all, she is only 11 weeks old (today). But she is a happy baby, and her smiles and coos will make the day a good one.
Big brother will enjoy ripping into his presents and playing with all his new toys.
Aside from the biblical aspects, Christmas really is all about the children.
They wake you up at the crack of dawn, regardless of what time you went to bed, their faces filled with excitement and joy.
They seem to be filled with energy, despite the fact that they didn't sleep well in anticipation of jolly old St. Nick's visit.
There really is nothing like the smile on a child's face when they see that bright new toy. Well, almost nothing. There is that equally recognizable face that they make when they open a gift that turns out to be clothes.
To you and yours, a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.
George Anderson is the managing editor of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.