You may be expecting a post about chaos theory as it relates to the Christmas story.  You may be expecting the promised resolution about higher-dimensional beings.  You may be expecting the next post in the science and religion series.  Or you may not be expecting anything.

Because of Christmas chaos, however, I basically didn’t have time to finish “Science & Religion #10” in time for this afternoon’s deadline.  Instead of feeling bad about it, however, it actually made me happy.  The things that kept me from writing the post are also the things that make my life worthwhile.

I’m thankful for my family.  I have an amazing, talented, beautiful, and thoughtful wife who genuinely cares for everyone around her.  She tolerates my musings about higher dimensions and the Big Bang and Noah’s flood.  She brings me back to reality and what is important in the world around us.  I love her forever.  I also have amazing and talented kids (who are getting to the point where they tire me out skiing).  I might not get to my “Science & Religion” posts because I’m spending time with them, but they’re far more important anyway.

I’m thankful for my extended family as well.  There are always various issues that come up in the course of normal life, but if it ever really comes down to it, anyone would do anything for anyone else.  They may be spread out around the country but they’re close to my heart.

I’m thankful for my job.  Due to a combination of everyone wanting their medical care done before the end of the month (deductible met) and other issues, my job is crazy busy.  But I have a job in these tough economic times.  I’m doing something I enjoy.  And due to the nature of my job, I get a chance to, hopefully, help people and improve their lives directly.

I’m thankful for my friends.  I didn’t work on my post last night because we were out late celebrating with friends.  But, again, I wouldn’t trade that either.  We have wonderful friends.

I’m thankful for my ward & neighborhood.  I live around good people.  I can’t walk down the hall on a Sunday without dozens of people greeting me and my family.  And at the same time, I share concerns about them and their children and their lives.

I’m thankful for Christmas.  Christ made many things possible in this world for everyone, so His birth means everything.  And even for people who don’t believe in Christ, Christmas is still a magical time.  It’s a time when we all think about others just a little bit more.  It’s a time when we’re all willing to give just a little bit more.  It’s a time of traditions and music and food and friends and family.

So, I didn’t get my planned post done, but it doesn’t matter.  I was doing things far more important.

Like a snowflake, out of chaos comes beauty.

Merry Christmas.

p.s.  Feel free to comment on things you’re thankful for, on Christmas, on chaos theory, or anything really if you want.