Christmas Message From IDM Founder and President Ian D. Mead

Each year it seems amazing how quickly time flies and already Christmas is upon us. What an exciting time!

Of course, it's always a hectic time and it can be difficult to find time to really relax and enjoy the season, but it's something we must do. We all rush around looking for gifts for everyone but sometimes miss out on reflecting upon the reason for giving, Christ's Birthday.

Last year I wrote briefly on A Christmas Carol and some of the history behind it. There is a movie however that my family and I (wonderful wife and 3 wonderful girls) watch every year: It's a Wonderful Life.

From Wikipedia: "The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and the contributions he has made to his community."

Each year as I watch it, my heart is truly touched as I reflect upon the difference George Bailey made on the lives of so many. The movie shows the difference in a small town had George Bailey never been born.

What difference are we making day-by-day and year-by-year in the lives of others? Are we concentrating on the right things? Are we making a positive difference in the things we do and the decisions we make?

This Christmas, let's all make a difference. Reach out to someone in need, look for opportunities to help others and use our time and resources well.

Last but not least, for all who celebrate Christmas, remember the real meaning and keep Christ in Christmas.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year...

God Bless,


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