Yesterday, along with my daughter and her little one, a generational trio, we entered the fray of holiday shoppers. We ventured deep into the battleground known as The Mall and we came out virtually unscathed. Over the years we’ve concocted a game plan to thwart the system. Shop early in the morning, plan your strategy, speed along, no dallying allowed and use the coupons to your best advantage. Then once you get your items home, check off your list, send away for rebates immediately (or you will never do it) wrap the gifts as you go to avoid a Christmas Eve panic attack and PACE yourself.
Stop for coffee with a friend. Have a pleasant holiday-song inspired lunch with family. Try not to stress.
Christmas has certainly changed over the years. So often I hear people say, I wish we could go back to the olden days, when the holiday was less commercial and less frenzied. Think about the Old West and those homemade popcorn strings, handcrafted gifts, family gatherings celebrating the birth of Christ.
Are the holidays too commercial? Maybe, but I still see a wonderful spirit of community and giving today. I still see Toys for Tots, and all other kinds of charitable endeavors bringing joy to those less fortunate. I still see volunteers working their behinds off to make sure their neighbors have a good holiday season. I see friends who work tirelessly to send brave soldiers care packages overseas. I see mothers sacrificing for their children, and fathers working long hours to make the holiday a little brighter for their family.
I see a long-standing icon in my community bringing joy to children with luminous lights of the season on Candy Cane Lane. From manger scenes and lighted Peanuts characters decorating lawns and reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh and polar bears at the North Pole, these chilly scenes only bring warmth to my heart.
While evil and ill will does lurk in the world, I still see the good in people, I see givers and love and hope.
So what are your thoughts of Christmas and the holiday season?
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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Good Will to All!
Here’s a little about the story:
Trey Walker thought he was cursed when it came to women, but after a disaster destroyed nearly everything veterinarian Maddie Brooks owned, Trey offered the petite redhead shelter at 2 Hope Ranch. Maddie was smart, sexy and good with animals… impossible to resist, yet he vowed not to break her heart.
Maddie knew the temporary arrangement she made with Trey was strictly business. For over a year she’d tried to get the handsome rancher to notice her, but the man never seemed interested. Now, she’d be living under his roof and using his barn to treat animals.
Could she be the woman to break the Walker Curse?