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2012 Christmas Message from Ian Mead

Ian D. Mead,

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas - as I always say, it's that time again! It should always be such a wonderful time of year, joyous, happy, celebratory, and a great time of sharing, but sadly for many it is not.

It is for each of us an opportunity reach out to bless others, which in turn often becomes a greater blessing to ourselves. It's wonderful to see so many people of all walks of life, different backgrounds, different faiths all helping others out, looking for opportunities to bless someone else in small ways and large. It really is a time of giving, for many more so than receiving.

In that regard, I was reflecting on some family traditions that give us great joy in helping and blessing others, as I am sure many of you do also. Each year on Christmas Eve we have family communion at our church which is a special time, and following that we go to a local Chinese buffet restaurant. Just after we sit down to eat, we get up and walk around the restaurant paying for everyone's meal. The reaction of the people receiving this, and the staff is amazing. You can see that for many it really makes a difference and as we do this we always pass it on as God's blessing. A few people won't accept, some say they will pass it on, and many just give us a big hug, or thank you and we all move on. It's a very special and fun time for us. We don't do this for any personal gain or self-gratification, but out of a desire to bless and give to others as we have been blessed in so many ways.

A few years ago we had been doing this for a while we met a single lady that we had recognized from previous years. She said that she was always there waiting and hoping that we would stop by that Christmas.

It's neat for us that our girls (now young ladies) have been a part of this tradition for many years and have learned a lot through it.

This is one of the exciting traditions we look forward to each year. Three years ago the restaurant we always visited closed but fortunately we found another one near by that we frequent as least once a year.

I gave much thought as to sharing this or not. Again, this is not shared for any personal gain or self appreciation, but I know that when I hear a neat story it prompts me into thinking about what more I can do to make a difference and just maybe this gives you some ideas or thoughts. Whatever we have, small or large, there are always opportunities to share and give to others, to bring cheer and blessing into their lives. I challenge you to look for opportunities to do the same this Christmas.

Thank you as always for reading. Let's always keep Christ in Christmas and remember that He was the greatest gift of all.

Merry Christmas!


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John Darnell
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Great Story!
Reply #1 on : Mon December 03, 2012, 09:40:50
Great story Ian! I know from personal experience that spontaneous giving can be the most rewarding of all. You don't worry about anything except meeting someone's need right now. I am reminded of a song that Judy Collins sings on one of her Christmas albums and the chorus is quite apropos:

Come rejoice!
Queen and beggar,
The homeless man and the Prince of Pride
Saints and vagabonds
Rich and poor
Rejoice in gladness on Christmas night.

There are a lot of questions that we humans face every day in living this life, but one night a year we get to celebrate one glorious Answer. I'm glad to know you've found a unique and caring way of celebrating that Answer.

Take care and God bless,
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Christmas story
Reply #2 on : Tue December 04, 2012, 10:18:08
You hit it right on the head. Thank you for giving us a poignant example of what Christmas is about. By sharing your story you have shared the heart of many Christians. We usually try to keep it quiet so as not to draw attention to ourselves and away from Jesus, but there are times when sharing a story like this is a powerful statement and tells the world why we do what we do. Why would anyone give away their hard earned money for someone that they don't even know? A person has to experience God's overwhelming grace and intense love to really understand the gratitude behind that gesture. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of God's love.
Bruce Boyd
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Re: 2012 Christmas Message from Ian Mead
Reply #3 on : Tue December 04, 2012, 11:03:42
Whilst I may be a bit of an agnostic, I can't help but think that your actions speak louder than words and are a powerful message that its good to share. Merry Christmas.
Ben Dailey
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Wonderful Testimony
Reply #4 on : Tue December 04, 2012, 11:16:37

THANK YOU! I know it took courage to post this when there are so many who standby ready to attack a corporate leader for standing on good solid christian morals. Thank you for being an example of what the true meaning of Christmas is, it is a celebration of a wonderful gift given to mankind and it is a cause for us to celebrate that gift of light in a spirit of giving. I applaud you and your family and the example you have taught them of the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.

Fear not, for BEHOLD, I bring you good news of GREAT JOY that will be for ALL THE PEOPLE.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a SAVIOUR, who is Christ the Lord.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth PEACE, GOOD WILL to mankind!

By your actions you have demonistrated not only to your family but to others what the GOOD WILL to mankind means. Again thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post.

May God bless you and keep you.


Rev. Ben D. Dailey
(UE User for 10 years, UC for 1)
Dr. Franz-Josef Behr
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Thanks you...
Reply #5 on : Tue December 04, 2012, 13:07:42
... for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

Regards from Germany - Franz-Josef
Kenneth Swenson
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Thanks for you encouraging article!
Reply #6 on : Tue December 04, 2012, 16:03:20
I was inspired by your tradition and uplifted by your decision to exalt Christ in your life and relationships. Merry Christmas!
John Billman
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Reply #7 on : Wed December 05, 2012, 10:10:24
Your Christmas message is another tradition I look forward to this time of year! I enjoy hearing a company president give recognition to Jesus for His Goodness in our lives.

May God continue to bless your life and company!
Jon Taylor
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Reply #8 on : Wed December 05, 2012, 10:58:10
Thank you Ian,

It is always an inspiration when like-minded believers share unique ways of ministering and seed-sowing.
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Ian's Christmas message
Reply #9 on : Wed December 05, 2012, 12:55:21
It is so encouraging to find a business leader who will not cave in to the so-called "correctness thinking" of our present-day society. Christmas is all about our God who gave us the ultimate gift, Jesus, so that we in turn can give to others out of our blessings. Thank you also for excellent software products that rank with the best on the market.
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Reply #10 on : Wed December 05, 2012, 17:48:39
I always find it very encouraging when people, especially people from "normal" businesses share thoughts and things about their Christian Faith.
God bless you all that you are reading this and Merry Christmas!
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Great reminder
Reply #11 on : Thu December 06, 2012, 09:56:15
Thanks for the great reminder that it is better to give than to receive. It's not always easier or more comfortable... it's actually hard at times to give of ourselves...but so was what Christ did on the cross for us.

Thanks for demonstrating what it means to take up the cross daily and follow Him... and while that's not easy or popular, it's what we do because we've been shown the greatest love of all and we want to pass it on by loving others.
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Reply #12 on : Thu December 06, 2012, 10:20:21
Thank you Ian for sharing your story and more importantly, for sharing the light and truth of God. Blessings to you and your family.
Lon Feuerhelm
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Thank you!!
Reply #13 on : Thu December 06, 2012, 10:55:05
Thank you Ian, for not being politically correct and providing such a heartfelt story.
Merry Christmas to all
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Merry Christmas!
Reply #14 on : Thu December 06, 2012, 11:10:17
Thank you for being willing to go against the grain and share Christ through your business!! I really enjoyed your story and am challenged by it! I hope that single lady found your new restaurant…you could be the only family/company she has during Christmas.

God bless you and your family, as you make room for Jesus this Christmas!
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Reply #15 on : Thu December 06, 2012, 11:50:46
Thank you for your story. This is definately the season to celebrate the greatest gift given to man, Jesus Christ! Many blessings to you.

Happy client of yours,
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Thank You
Reply #16 on : Thu December 06, 2012, 14:53:53
Thank You for being who you are...wonderful testimony of your personal life, fantastic products. Wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
God Bless
John Baker
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Merry Christmas and God Bless
Reply #17 on : Sat December 08, 2012, 12:54:47
As always Ian, thank you for the wonderful message, your strong faith, and your willingness to share your blessings. May you and your family continue to be blessed throughout this season and all the years to come!
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Re: 2012 Christmas Message from Ian Mead
Reply #18 on : Mon December 10, 2012, 02:27:40
I really enjoy reading your Christmas message every year. I do not know any other software company which reminds us about the birth of Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas from Finland!
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Reply #19 on : Thu December 13, 2012, 10:21:22
I am so glad that you decided to share your story. It is so warming to hear about the joy you have brought to so many through your generosity. IDM is blessed to have a leader like you and I pray God's favor on your company and employees. I definitely felt the love in your writing and hope that others will appreciate the place it is coming from. God Bless and Merry Christmas.
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thank you
Reply #20 on : Fri December 14, 2012, 12:29:40
In a profound way, reading your Christmas message was as much a blessing to me as it was to those who have received your Christmas Eve generosity. Thank you for sharing.

God Bless and Merry Christmas to you and your corporate and personal family!
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To a Businessman who lives The Word
Reply #21 on : Fri December 14, 2012, 16:41:06
I have been a constant user of UltraEdit since sometime prior to Nov. 1996. I remember where I was sitting at my own day job with a Fortune 100 company when I first read Ian's testimony about leaving the security of his day job to follow his Star. I felt that anyone bold enough to give such sincere witness could certainly be trusted to give his best to support his product, and besides I liked the product, so I didn't mind putting out my own $$ for a program that I would mostly use as part of my employment.

Over Christmas break in 2000 I seriously questioned my own employment situation much as Ian had in early 1996. Four months later I made the break from 30 years as a captive Engineer to self-employment in a second, still technical but unrelated, career. Unlike Ian, I had not asked God for any signs, but it has been easy to recognize His Hand in my affairs with frequent confirmation that comes in many forms, whether as a request out-of-the-blue from a new client just as I'm about to run out of work, or an unsolicited 5th-generation referral.

I have been quite pleased over the years with the support that I have received from the UE staff when needed, just as I expected from the beginning. By 2005 UltraEdit had outgrown my needs since I no longer do any programming, mostly just basic text edits nowadays, but I still support the product and the company by upgrading every couple of versions just-because. Actions do speak louder than words. In the end the quiet witness of Ian, his family and his company, and others like them, carry much more weight than all of the flashy billboards and blaring TV ads that invade our daily lives. In the beginning was The Word, and The Word became flesh and dwells among us.

Thank you Ian for your witness, and your fine products. May God bless you, and all who've read this, as we make our way through these tumultuous days from this Christmas to the next.
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Merry Christmas
Reply #22 on : Sun December 16, 2012, 12:43:11
Hi Ian,

Thank you for your meaningful and personal Christmas message, about the only one really worth reading I receive on the professional side. Hope you, your family and your staff are going to have a wonderful Christmas and a good time meeting and surprising people on Christmas Eve.
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Christmas Post Update
Reply #23 on : Wed January 09, 2013, 10:32:00
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the very kind comments and encouragement and share something that happened this Christmas. As we had the pleasure of doing the same this year, one lady that my wife was paying for her dinner explained how this was her last Christmas. She had stage 4 cancer and was in town visiting her sons. She was so touched and blessed by such a small but meaningful act. I don't think she will know how blessed we were as she shared that.

I wish for all of you a wonderful 2012.

God bless,


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