Home for the Holidays

 
 
Everyone has a different definition of the word “home.”  For some, it is where they were born, or where their children were born. For others it is a particular city or state, or even simply a state of mind. No matter the definition, the holidays seem to be the time of year when we long for that important place.
 
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Bing Crosby
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the lovelight gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
 
That longing is reflected in some of the most popular holiday songs, reminding us of those special people and places. Sadly, some songs even speak of those who will not be home with family and friends. For many of us who are living away from our family or the traditional home of our childhood, home is, indeed, where the heart is.
 
And that heart is often with our AANR family, at the nearest club where we will be welcomed like family...and likely invited to a potluck! How lucky we are to be able to share this special time of year with one another, to set aside our differences and strengthen our bonds as a unique family... an AANR family.
 
Home for the Holidays
Perry Como
Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays,
‘Cause no matter how far away you roam,
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze,
For the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home
 
So as we move into what should be the merriest and happiest time of the year, let’s remember to reach out to our friends who are away from home. Making them feel like part of the family is a very special way to encourage the familial connection that seems to be an integral part of being an AANR member. Welcome to a New Year with all the best of the old values we hold dear. 
 
Please Come 
Home for Christmas
The Eagles
But this is Christmas
Yes , Christmas, my dear
The time of year to be
With the ones you love
 
Blue Christmas
Elvis
I’ll have a Blue Christmas without you
I’ll be so blue just thinking about you
You’ll be doin’ all right, 
with your Christmas of white
But I’ll have a blue, blue Christmas.

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.