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Holiday Greetings!

I know this can be a hectic time of year along with all the fun, so I hope everyone is able to have at least some time to enjoy themselves.

To Play on Grass FieldsWe’ve had a cold wave in Florida to remind us we do get a few of those days each year. One the other hand, the Christmases I’ve spent in Maine taught me a lesson about serious cold.

If your holiday shopping isn’t quite finished I of course recommend books and a Kindle book is easy to give as a “stocking stuffer”. If you haven’t roamed around the short story archive, come in for the special holiday treats, “Draft With A Sprig of Mistletoe”, “Twelve Pack Trip”, and “A Misty Christmas”.

We’ll be having Christmas dinner with friends, then the kids come in for a few days and the New Year’s Eve party we always have. Since some of our guests are no longer prone to staying up to midnight, we’re starting a new tradition. Beginning at 9:00 p.m., we’ll toast the New Year in different countries as they hit midnight. It won’t be exact, but it will be close and that way no one misses out on a “midnight” toast and kiss. Last year 18-month-old granddaughter refused to give up all the excitement and about fifteen minutes after the ball dropped, she was sound asleep. Although she didn’t really understand what was going on, she was determined to be a part of the festivities. Quite frankly, with the way the house is designed, it’s not as if there was a quiet spot she could have retreated to anyway.

Whatever form of celebration you embrace – have a good time! And do pause for a moment to think of those who can’t be with family and friends. It’s more than our military who might be away from home - a lot of places have to be open every day, twenty-four hours a day like first responders, power plants, hospitals, etc.

Bundle up and stay warm if you’re in the climates of cold and ice. Safe travels if you’re making a trip.

Charlie