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Twenty-five ways we are different this holiday season

Mike Terwiliger, Truckee Fire Chief

1. Last Christmas, we were thinking about all the things we don’t have. This Christmas we were thinking about what we do have.

2. Last Christmas we were placing wreaths on the doors of our homes. This Christmas we were placing wreaths on the graves of our heroes.

3. Last Christmas we were letting our children play with toy guns. This Christmas we were teaching them a gun is not a toy.

4. Last Christmas we were counting our money. This Christmas we were counting our blessings.

5. Last Christmas we were lighting candles to decorate. This Christmas we were lighting candles to commemorate.

6. Last Christmas we paid lip service to the real meaning of the holidays. This Christmas we were paying homage to it.

7. Last Christmas we were digging deep into our bank accounts to find money to fly home for the holidays. This Christmas we were digging deep into our souls to find the courage to do it.

8. Last Christmas we were trying not to let annoying relatives get the best of us. This Christmas we were trying to give the best of ourselves to them.

9. Last Christmas we thought it was enough to celebrate the holidays. This Christmas we knew we must also find ways to consecrate them.

10. Last Christmas we thought a man who could run down a football field was a hero. This Christmas we knew a man who runs into a burning building is the real hero.

11. Last Christmas we were thinking about the madness of the holidays. This Christmas we were thinking about the meaning of them.

12. Last Christmas we were getting on one another’s nerves. This Christmas we were getting on our knees.

13. Last Christmas we gave thanks for gifts from stores. This Christmas we gave thanks for the gifts we already have.

14. Last Christmas we were wondering how to give our children all the things money can buy. This Christmas we were wondering how to give them the things money can’t buy (peace and security).

15. Last Christmas we were thinking about all the pressure we are under at the office. This Christmas we were thinking about all the people who no longer have an office to go to.

16. Last year we were singing carols. This Christmas we were singing anthems.

17. Last Christmas we were thinking how good it would feel to be affluent. This Christmas we were thinking how good it feels to be alive.

18. Last Christmas we thought angels were in heaven. This Christmas we knew they are right here on earth.

19. Last Christmas we were contemplating all the changes we wanted to make in the new year. This Christmas we were contemplating all the changes we will face in this new reality.

20. Last Christmas we believed in the power of the pocket book. This Christmas we believe in the power of love.

21. Last Christmas we were sharing, spreading, and listening to gossip. This Christmas we were sharing, spreading and listening to hope.

22. Last Christmas we were complaining about how much of our earnings went to taxes. This Christmas we understood that freedom isn’t free.

23. Last Christmas we valued things that were costly. This Christmas we valued things that are free: us.

24. Last Christmas the people we idolized wore sports uniforms. This Christmas we idolized people who wear the uniforms of police, fire and soldiers.

25. Last Christmas peace on earth was something prayed for on Sunday morning. This Christmas it is something prayed for every day.

The firefighters of the Truckee Fire Protection District want you to know how much they appreciate your support every day, your support of the emergency workers in New York, and most of all we wish you the safest and the best our holidays have to offer.

Mike Terwilliger is the Fire Chief of the Truckee Fire Protection District.