Christmas

As usual we will get our Christmas cards out late.  We are not doing a christmas letter this year.  Some of our friends liked to receive our letter to catch up. 

The Christmas season is a nice time to reflect and be thankful for what we have and pray for those in need. 

Over the last 100 years we have seen a lot of change in America and it would appear that in some ways we are back to where we were in the  pre Great Depression period.  Many either do not know or have not taken the time to reflect on the gifts that we have received from prior generations. 

The winter tradition or holiday traditions date back thousands of years.  Those of christian beliefs celebrate the birth of Christ.  That however is only December 25 . The rest of the time from Thanksgiving to the new year is a time of getting together with family and friends.  To be thankful  for our gifts, blessings and friendships.  My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving mainly because of the memories of family and good food.  Christmas is my wife’s favorite holiday.  In part due to her December birthday.  She also enjoys decorating our home and the memories each of the ornaments hold for her.

The Winter solstice celebrations date to ancient times and has evolved over time.

During the depression, gifts and celebrations were scarce but families still shared and to some extent the sharing was more memorable than it may be today. Take the time to appreciate your friends and family this holiday season.

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