2015 has been a year of challenges for most of the world, with violence at home and abroad in the news every day. If it’s not about international military and/or political power struggles, the media is probably telling us about government conflict or sadly, the latest shooting perpetrated by a disturbed individual. I can’t remember the last time when so many people were so angry about so many aspects of the world in which we live.
And yet, if you ask how they are, how the family is, nothing much has changed. Friends and family members may get sick, lose a loved one, have trouble at work or experience a bump in the financial road, but most would say they are happy overall – that they live a life that’s good.
We may not be able to control what happens outside our circle, but we can control our reaction to it. And we can certainly control our reaction to the events inside our personal world.
During this Christmas, and whatever your holiday season, let’s all promise to:
Above all, have a wonderful Christmas/holiday season and a slam dunk great 2016!
The Kerrians will be back in January with Charlie’s New Year’s Resolutions. 🙂
*Photo by Patti Phillips – Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal, Canada
Sheila and I share Christmas duties. She bakes while I set up the tree and get the lights ready. I had to replace a few strands on the tree after Hammett accidentally knocked it over and got tangled in it, so Sheila is baking even more cookies than ever. That’s okay, because there is no such thing as too many cookies in the Kerrian house. (My diet is suspended during the holidays…isn’t yours?)
The vet said that Hammett is fine, but kept him overnight. I think that Sheila slipped the Doc a $20. just to make sure he would.
The tree looks a little worse for wear, though.
The cards are done and mailed. This time I made a separate trip to the Post Office so that they would not get lost in the car like last year.
“Handel’s Messiah” is playing in the background and “The Nutcracker” is up next. We love the big sounds of Christmas.
We started a snowman collection to add to the Angels and Santas, so things are looking pretty festive in most of the house.
No snow to shovel this year, but I almost wish there was. We really enjoyed the white Christmas last year and took lots of pictures to share with the Texas branch of the family. If someone else did the shoveling, I wouldn’t mind if it snowed from Thanksgiving right through New Year’s.
No homicide cases to investigate, and that’s a great thing for once.
Merry Christmas to everyone, and have a peaceful New Year!
‘Tis the season for shopping, shopping and more shopping! Even with Black Friday, online stores and Cyber Monday thrown into the mix, the malls are still more crowded at this time of year than at any other.
Elbow to elbow, crowded.
Squeeze past the moms and dads in line for pictures with Santa, crowded.
Wait 30 minutes for a cold cup of coffee in the mall, crowded.
So much noise that you can’t hear the Muzak, crowded.
Unfortunately with the crowds, come a few pickpockets and pocketbook snatchers and package thieves. So, what can you do to cut down on the chances of getting robbed after you’ve slaved at your job to earn the Christmas money? Here are a few easy tips.
You’re done shopping and you’re home. What should you do to reduce the chances of getting burglarized?
Above all, use common sense, stay safe, and enjoy the holidays!
*Photo by Patti Phillips