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Monday, December 5, 2011

An Old-fashioned Christmas....

"You will be visited by three ghosts......"

       This is a great story. It doesn't matter which version you like....it's a great story. And one that is still very appropriate.... perhaps even more so....today. There is just SO much negativity in the world....so much stuff that we all have to deal with day in and day out....I wonder what kind of a difference it would make if we were ALL visited by those three ghosts. This time of year the phrase "old-fashioned" Christmas is really tossed around....mostly as a marketing tool. We all want that old-fashioned feeling....to go back to when things were "better" and more simple....but what does that mean?? Would you like to light your tree with real candles....and have that bucket of water near by....have your kids think that an orange in their stocking was the most amazing treat...ever....or are you thinking less literally??? I think that "old-fashioned" Christmas is more attainable than you realize. The first thing you need to do is stop striving for perfection (and beating ourselves up when we don't reach it...) then we need to enjoy the journey.....not just the destination. But, I think, the most important component to a happy "old-fashioned" Christmas is treating others with kindness and respect. There are things that you can do to make someone else happy....some of those things are little...some take more effort....but, in the end, you will be happier, too. We do everything we can, at the shop, to help as much as possible. This past weekend we hosted the Hospice volunteers. They have their "thank you" Christmas breakfast with us. I, also, donated a cookie tray to one of the local churches for their dinner. We have been selling our angel cookies for the EHS Angel Network....and raised an amount that I am happy to donate. I don't think that old-fashioned feeling is something you can wait around for and receive only if you're lucky.....I think it's something that you can create....every single day of the year....

             "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." ~~~~~
                                      Now that sounds like the beginning of a real old-fashioned Christmas!!!