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      The First Lady looks back on the year

      Gov. Jay Nixon and his family are spending Christmas at the home of the governor's sister.

      It's the Nixon TMs first Christmas as the state's first family and it wraps up their first year in that role.

      Christmas at the Missouri Governor's mansion is a festive and very public affair.

      Georganne Nixon is unique among Missouri first ladies, having grown up in Jefferson City.

      "I embrace ever day and the opportunity we find every day, Georganne Nixon said.

      Mrs. Nixon has involved herself in a number of projects and causes. The daughter of educators, she believes in a continuing mission to teach others.

      "In these uncertain economic times, growing food close to home just makes sense, Georganne Nixon said.

      The Nixons have raised two sons, and Georganne Nixon has a deep sense of family.

      "I think as we keep our focus there and enjoy the love of friends and family, it'll be a wonderful Christmas, Georganne Nixon said. Reaching out, doing for others, is the best gift we can give one another.

      As first lady, Mrs. Nixon has watched her husband struggle with the challenges of a tanking economy and record unemployment. She's also seen him fight through a busy schedule after injuring himself in a pick-up basketball game. Through it all, she says his optimism is an inspiration.

      "He's a 'glass half full' sort of person, and I think that's really worked well for him, Georganne Nixon said. I'm not worried about him. I'm happy that he's able to reach his potential here. I think this is a good job for him.