Here we are, Christmas Eve on one of the craziest years any of us have likely lived through. Looking back it's hard to remember everything that took place over the course of the previous 12 months of 2020, but once the dust began to settle we began to realize what was really important to us, the friends that we count on to get us through. That's a point that has been driven home even more during the holiday season.

In any other year we'd have had big gatherings of family and friends for Thanksgiving, then office Christmas parties and family parties with all of those relatives you only see once a year. We'd be focused on the material side of holidays like Christmas; in competitions to see who got or gave the most gifts, wondering if you've got more lights on your house than your neighbor does. Now we're just wishing we could give our parents a hug without worrying about COVID-19.

With the absence of those elbow to elbow gatherings we've come to appreciate even more the importance of close family and friends. Even if you can't be in the same room, reach out to those you care about and let them know. That simple gesture might be just what they need to make it through the holidays, be it a phone call, a text message, even a snail mail handwritten letter to a friend you haven't seen in a while. It's been a rough year for them too, and nobody really knows what the people around them are working through on a personal level.

From all of us at 102.3 The Bull, from the Bobby Bones show in the morning, to Jess On The Job through your workday, to me in the afternoons, Evan and Amber on Taste of Country Nights, to Brett Alan keeping you company on that overnight Third Shift, we wish you and yours the merriest of Christmases and a happy New Year.

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