The holidays are upon us and for many people this is the most stressful time of year. There is so much to do and not enough time to do it in, places to go, people to see, gifts to buy, food to prepare, and on and on and on.
For many people the end of a year is a time of increased stress.Instead of relaxing and unwinding from a busy year, the pressures of buyinggifts, travelling or spending time with long lost relatives makes it adifficult time.
Ho, Ho, Ho, Holiday greetings to you!Every year at this time I can't help but notice the beautiful holiday lighting and adornment. It's great to see that even homes with a "For Sale" sign on the front lawn have been bedazzled with lights! But this good deed seldom goes without also decking the halls with many holiday hazards.
It's your home/your apartment and you want to make it a special sanctuary this Christmas. How can you create a special place for your family and you? Well, we already have our centerpiece?see November's issue Decorate for Thanksgiving.
Many of us are probably squeezing out our brains to the limit just for a single purpose, to think of what to give especially when it's Christmas or just a simple birthday present. It's always nice to give the jewelries, toys, clothes and shoes as we all had been used to of what to give.
"Here's to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; here's to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold."-- Anonymous"People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.
New Years Resolutions: Making them is a tradition -keeping of them is usually optional. That's unfortunate, because some of the pledges we make in those moments before the calendar changes are wonderful things to aspire to - spending more time with our children, exercising regularly, stopping a bad habit like smoking - or considering chocolate one of the main food groups.
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Patty Lovelace Country MusicVerse #1Through the back window of a 59 wagonI watched my best friend Jannie slippin awayI kept on waving, til I couldn't see herAnd through my tears I asked again Why we couldn't stayChorusMamma whispered softly, time will ease your painLife's about changing nothing stays the sameAnd she said, how can I help you say goodbye?It's ok to hurt and it's ok to cryCome let me hold you and I will tryHow can I help you say goodbye?Verse #2I sit on our bed, he packed his suitcaseI held a picture of our wedding dayHis hands were trembling, we both were cryingHe kissed me gently and he quickly walked awayChorusI called up mamma she said time will ease yourpainLife's about changing nothing stays the sameShe said, how can I help you say goodbye?It's ok to hurt its ok to cryCome let me hold you and I will tryHow can I help you say good-bye?Verse #3Sittin with Mamma alone in her bedroomShe opened her eyes and then squeezed my handShe said, I have to go now, my time is over And with her final words she tried to help meunderstandChorusMamma whispered softly, time will ease your painLife's about changing nothing stays the sameAnd she said, how can I help you say goodbye? It's ok to hurt; it's ok to cryCome let me hold you and I will tryHow can I help you say goodbye?Today we are recognizing Mother's Day. Let usremind ourselves that nothing can be morestrengthening than a mother's love for herchild.
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