I am a lover of all things Christmas, and with today being July 25, that is what is on my mind. My friend Wendy and I keep each other in check with Facebook postings once each month, reminding each other that December 25 is indeed on its way. Today I beat her to the first post with three words: “five golden rings.” It is a way for us to stay connected since she lives in Tennessee and I am in Texas. It is a way to think ahead to glimmering lights on trees and tinsel and giving. It is a way to think of others. My mom loved Christmas the same way I do. She gave my sister and me this same little plaque several years ago. I’m not sure about my sis, but my reminder never gets put away. It has a place of honor next to photographs and other treasures. Dickens speaks to me every day. When I follow his simple message, life gets back in sync.