Imagine a fresh blanket of snow on a quiet local walking trail. It’s 9 a.m. on a Saturday, and all is quiet except for the crunch of the snow beneath your feet. You look up and see a cardinal on a tree. Pretty peaceful, isn’t it?
Then it hit me: This will be the last time Christmas is like this. And by like this, I mean that all the kids will be together on Christmas morning without a care in their heads and everyone will be thinking only about home and family.
Ben Shankel and Brandi Burkhart met in high school. They became friends in biology class, and he asked her to go to fall homecoming with him their junior year. They started dating October 7, 2006, and remained a couple through the rest of high school.