Offering my humble gratitude to those who serve this holiday season

December 18, 2014

by Nick Novak

Originally published by The Washington Times.

Over the past few months, it has been a great opportunity to regularly write about the important public policy issues facing our country. From making sure that every child has the chance to find the best school – whether public or private – to arguing for bold tax reform in our states, I have enjoyed every minute of it.

But, today I want to take a break from all of that.

With one week until Christmas, it got me thinking. Not only do I need to quickly finish up my shopping, but next week, I will get to spend my favorite time of year with the ones I love. Every year, my whole family gathers at my parents’ house on Christmas Day to enjoy a meal together, open presents together and simply spend time together.

To this day, I’m not sure how it actually happens – and I have helped plan an inauguration for a governor.

Almost 40 people pile into my mom and dad’s house. Many come in from hours away and some from across the country. But, without fail, every member of my family sits around the dinner table (or multiple tables) at the same time. We say grace and eat dinner as a family.

It would make my grandparents proud to know their kids are continuing the tradition that was started decades ago.

As I reminisced about past holidays that I have enjoyed, I realized that not everyone will get to spend this holiday season with their family. And that is what sparked this column.

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