Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Happy Holidays to all, whatever you may choose to celebrate. Each of us can find something about the season to bring gladness to our hearts. It is a time for getting together with family and friends and sharing with others less fortunate.
What do you do to celebrate? Do you have a favorite tradition? Do you chose to spend the day with family or strangers? Do you donate to the local food bank, or help serve a meal to the homeless? Maybe for you the joy is watching your children's eyes as they see the holiday decorations on homes in the neighborhood. If you celebrate Christmas, do you splurge and buy for all, or do you draw names and get one special gift. Are you a crafts person? Did you make your holiday gifts for your friends and family?
This year, I chose to crochet market bags for all my friends. In an effort to be more "green," I felt a reusable market bag would be a useful gift. In this same vein, I sent out my newsletter via email rather than snail mail. Although I have to admit, I do enjoy receiving holiday cards, they seem like a waste of paper. After the holidays, they usually end up in the trash or recycling so I often cut off the face of the card and use it the following year as a gift tag.
Keep a journal during this time. Make notes of the fun stuff and the disasters. One never knows what will make good material for an article or a story. Remember, most editors are looking for holiday stories six months in advance, so you'll need those notes in June when the sun is shining and you're thinking of the beach.
Tell me what you plan for the holidays or your favorite holiday memory. I'd love to hear from you.
Have a wonderful holiday season and a productive new year.