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Dec 4: The Joy of Christmas

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Christmas for me has always been a joyous time. It remains so to this day.

Having friends around enjoying each other is my favorite thing.

I am one of five children. I was raised in a loving family. My father worked for the government on a modest salary but he and my mom seemed to supply gifts that must have come out of the air, because I don’t know where they hid them or how they could afford to give each of their kids such nice gifts. They were nothing special, cost wise, but very special to each of us in how they made us feel.

We used to often go out and cut our own tree or purchase locally. It was nearly always fir instead of pine which is the most common in Ontario.

My mom baked shortbread cookies and we had turkey for dinner, which was often at my grandparents’ place. It was one of the few times that we gathered as a group. My mom is one of six children and my dad one of five. So with all the kids, it was a full house. In our younger years, all of us kids would sleep in one bed the night before. It was very crowded but fun.

We all received one stocking with goodies and were not supposed to wake our mom and dad until eight. That didn’t always work.

We sometimes sang songs and played a lot of music and ate until we burst. Dylan Thomas was often played after dinner…”A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” A very fond memory

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts, or the past, than education, money, failures, and successes. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past…or the fact that people will act in a certain way. One thing that we can do, however, is to play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. It is the same with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.


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