It's hard to believe that Christmas Eve has arrived already.
Christmas, in America, is a very commercial holiday. In fact, much of our nation's economy depends on the season to survive. Here in Hollywood, our industry isn't quite that dependent on the holiday, but each year there are myriad holiday movies, tv specials, plays and musicals. In the music industry, it's hard for a recording artist NOT to give in to the pressure to release a bundle of holiday recordings, and the music publishing industry can count on those old-favorites being revisited each year.
But amid all this commercialization of Christmas, let's not forget the most important components of the Christmas season. Religion aside, Whether Christmas is *your* holiday or not, you can't deny that for most, this is a season for family gatherings and sharing joy, nostalgia and optimism.
I, for one, want to share my heartfelt gratitude to all of my family, friends, clients, colleagues, students, blog and e-mail readers, podcast listeners, and everyone else with whom I've come into contact this past year. You have made this a year of happiness and success. So, thank you!
I especially want to give thanks for my wonderful family. My wife, children, and extended family have enjoyed good health, prosperity and happiness.
I wish the same to you and yours.
P.S. (I can't resist a little commercialism of my own), If you're still looking for that perfect holiday gift for a loved one (or yourself), it's not too late to buy a copy of my ebook,