A Christmas Toast to time

Real Estate Agent with Edina Realty


20 years ago I drove aimlessly around the Twin Cities 494 /694 loop wondering who I was and where I was going.  I found myself (driven by the radio ad on  KDWB) at  Alley gators bowling alley and bar.  Single and alone I sat with a couple bottles of leinenkugel's beer and a pack of Marlboro reds pondering, hoping, dreaming ......      

           Fast forward to today

As I walked into the office this morning mentally making "the list" of all tasks that needs to be accomplished a siren sounded in my brain crying "TOAST< TOAST TOAST< TOAST> TOAST TOAST> TOAST TOAST"  Don't forget the  toast, What am I going to say tonight before we sit down for our delicious meal?

Mentally preparing my words of peace and love I remembered noticing the beautiful table setting already lovingly prepared by my wife and kids for tonight's Christmas eves celebration.  I softly smile as I know  that my wife, four beautiful girls, mother, father, mother and father-in -law will all be together to share this special night.  I think about the beauty of this day and what it means.  I shiver with delight and eager anticipation the family around the Christmas tree with a roaring fire,  reading the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus.  And I know that when I share this toast tonight and my eyes well up with tears of joy, no one will mind because it is my family that matters. 

This may be the best Christmas I ever celebrate.  I will take advantage and enjoy every moment No matter what happens.  As tomorrow draws near another page in the book of life turns.  Who knows what other toasts and mysteries await? 

20 years ago I thought I was alone………..


Merry Christmas to all and may each moment you have be a moment to celebrate


Comments (17)

Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Great story, and Merry Christmas to you!

Dec 24, 2011 12:42 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Phil, We have all probably had similar moments and some were found and some continued to be lost what tragedy to not find at the end of the day that we all are loved in many ways. Deep down it not the money, the fame, the hoo raas or the even the friendships we have treasured.. it is to be loved and to love others. May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thanks for sharing a precious memory with me and others here in the RAIN.

Dec 24, 2011 12:48 AM
Phil Holm
Edina Realty - Edina, MN

Dennis- Thank you for the comment Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Dec 24, 2011 12:48 AM
Phil Holm
Edina Realty - Edina, MN

Charles in charge-  You are correct.  Richness comes from within.  Toady I feel like the richest man alive.  Thank you for reading and responding.  Merry Christmas to you and yours. 

Dec 24, 2011 12:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Merry Christmas to All!

Santa Claus in Colonial Williamsburg Copy of IMG_8710

Photograph by Roy Kelley.  Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dec 24, 2011 01:00 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Merry Christmas Phil. We wish you a very merry Christmas and a very prosperous and happy new year… ~Captain Wayne Rowlett~

Dec 24, 2011 01:04 AM
Phil Holm
Edina Realty - Edina, MN

Nice job Santa

Dec 24, 2011 01:05 AM
Phil Holm
Edina Realty - Edina, MN

Thank you captian Wayne.  Merry Christmas to you too. 

Dec 24, 2011 01:06 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Phil. I found your story moving and poignant. Time is amazing and so is our ability to experience the moments of our lives and appreciate them all. Merry Christmas.

Dec 24, 2011 01:09 AM
Phil Holm
Edina Realty - Edina, MN


Thank you for reading and thank you for commenting.  Time is amazing if you just give it some time.....Merry Christmas to you and yours. 

Dec 24, 2011 01:20 AM
Brian Rugg
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-818-6700 - Georgetown, TX
Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est

Hello Phil: Your story is quite touching in a familiar sort of way. We all have blessings in our lives that too often are taken for granted. Enjoy you family now, as they (too) soon leave the nest.  Merry Christmas.

Dec 24, 2011 01:30 AM
Phil Holm
Edina Realty - Edina, MN

Brian-  Thank you for your comment.  I feel lucky to be where I am now.  Merry Christmas to you and yours. 

Dec 24, 2011 01:37 AM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Phil wishing you a Happy Holidays to you and your family.Connnecticut Christmas Cactus

Dec 24, 2011 01:38 AM
Phil Holm
Edina Realty - Edina, MN

David-  Thank you for reading and thank you for commenting.  Hvae a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. 

Dec 24, 2011 03:28 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
@TheBlessedRealtor - ABR, CRS

A beautiful toast (& post) indeed Phil... and very beautifully written.  What a lovely family you have!  P.S.  I love the pics posted above by Roy and David... Santa on his sleigh and the Christmas cactus... my cactus lost all of its bloomings early this month ;( 

Enjoy your celebration of life and love this evening!

Dec 24, 2011 03:56 AM
Leslie Ebersole
Swanepoel T3 Group - Saint Charles, IL
I help brokers build businesses they love.

To my ActiveRain friend,
I wish you all things bright and beautiful
at this holiday time and throughout the year. 

Dec 24, 2011 05:42 AM
Phil Holm
Edina Realty - Edina, MN

Mel-  Last night I made the family traditional toast my father-in law was brought to tears.  We are going to watch a family movie this afternoon.  I hope your Christmas is filled with love and Joy.  God Bless you

Dec 25, 2011 06:56 AM