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Twas the Week Before Christmas

December 19th, 2008 by judytalks

I have friends who finish all their shopping by Thanksgiving, write cards, plan menus and parties early in December and seem to sail through the Holidays.
I’m not one of those people. Last minute rushes seem more “festive” to me. We’re leaving tomorrow for Minnesota amidst forecasts of blizzards and very cold weather.
I’ve talked recently about grief and the Holidays and want to touch base on that subject. Anyone who has faced celebrations following the loss of a loved one knows how painful and difficult it is. Seek solace and comfort from friends and family members,s even if they don’t understand and say the wrong things. they truly care about you. Please make a point to celebrate at least one tradition that brings you joy and a sense of continuity in your life.
The wonder of Christmas belongs to wide-eyed children who refuse to believe that reindeer can’t fly. Science tells us that bumblebees can’t either. I leave it up to you!
While in the Twin Cities, I will meet with my editor to discuss the manuscript for my next book. The subject is about how the death of a parent affects children, and I’m anxious to get it polished and out to the public. We don’t deal well in our society with the reality of loss. As an educator, I hope to make some changes in our thinking.
Try to spend time this season with kids. They really know how to celebrate.
I wish everyone a joyous Holiday.

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