December 23, 2020 - Published by IAG Wealth Partners

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Christmas is coming!

While Christmas will likely be different this year, the expectations of children still grow measurably as the number of opened days on the Advent calendar increase.

There is something about mystery that is fascinating.

To have an unknown object under a tree thoughtfully selected just for you conjures the imagination. When my kids were younger, their curiosity would lead them to occasionally pick up and shake the gifts to gain whatever insights they could.

Sometimes those Christmas gift expectations are met with genuine smiles, joy, and appreciation. The gift giver is as happy as the gift recipient.

Sometimes Christmas expectations result in courteous smiles and appreciation, but the exercise of a gift receipt in the coming weeks. While the gift giver made every effort, the expectations of the gift recipient were not met for some unforeseen reason.

Earlier this week Congress presented our country with our very own Christmas present – a 5,593 page pile of legislation. I guess we would call this a cumulative work as it wraps up numerous bills that were lingering on Congress’ wish list.

Some gift recipients will be very pleased with this gift, as money will be flowing to individuals and businesses in the very near future as they cope with economic hardship brought on by pandemic problems. This bill also funds the government through September 30, 2021, so there is no longer the potential for a shutdown.

Other gift recipients may ask for a gift receipt due to the price tag (you shouldn’t have!) or perhaps the earmarked funds for 13 water projects in Tennessee (p. 1,429). Some may also be opposed to quirky provisions like naming Miracle Mountain in Utah (p. 5,014), creating two new Smithsonian museums (p. 2,803-2,843), or eliminating the threat of imprisonment for unauthorized use of the Woodsy Owl character (p. 2,487).

From my perspective, the only Christmas gift that exceeded expectations by far was the very first one in Bethlehem. No gift receipt required.

From our family to yours, have a very blessed Christmas celebration!


Quote of the week: Luke 2:10: “But the angel said to [the shepherds], “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

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