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December's Gifts
November 30th, 2011 10:36 AM

It is hard to believe that December arrives tomorrow.   Another year is almost gone.  But the month of December brings its own gifts to us . . . . custom and traditions, ceremonies, and celebrations that all come to us wrapped up, not in tissue and ribbons, but in cherished memories.  This is the month that should not be stressful, but filled with joyful simplicities.

Spread holiday cheer throughout your entire home with seasonal decorations, which can be home made, and as inexpensive as cutting some evergreens, using candles, and displaying flowering plants.  Delicious food is another holiday gift:  indulge in the Christmas pudding, eggnog, cookies, fudge, and fruitcake, and forget about calories until January.

Get into the spirit by reading some seasonal stories yourself or to the  family and re-watch some of the best Christmas classic films, such as Jimmy Stewart's old time favorite, "It's A Wonderful Life."  The movies might be outdated, but the messages are not.

During this month of generosity, fulfill the Christmas dreams of a child who is not yours; share your blessings with a shelter for the homeless; get involved in a community project to help others who are struggling in this economy and have lost their homes.

December is full of gifts, but thankfulness and gratitude are two of the most important.   No matter what we are facing this holiday season, there are many blessings mixed in and lots of gifts we arleady have that money cannot buy.


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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on November 30th, 2011 10:36 AMPost a Comment

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