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Happy Holidays!

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With Christmas 2016
With a cinnamon stick in a hot glass of rum, I wish you joy.
With snowflakes falling on your cheeks, I wish you hope,
With icicles glistening in the sun, I wish you courage,
With a running creek covered in ice, I wish you clarity,
With pines dressed in snow, I wish you cheer,
With beauty of the season, I wish you gratitude,
With a sprig of mistletoe above your head, I wish you love,
With the sparkling stars on Christmas Eve, I wish you peace,
And with red and green ribbons on Christmas day,
It is time for us all to wish one another:
Joy, hope, courage, clarity, cheer, love and peace.

This will be my first Christmas without my mother who would have celebrated her 96th birthday on the 29th of December.  Needless to say, I am very sad that she will not be with us for the festivities, but her presence will be all around the house with her photo on the Christmas tree, and conversation about her antics while I enjoy a glass of champagne with my husband reminiscing about all the wonderful memories we shared over the years.  That is why this year I chose Gary Clark’s piano music: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” as she certainly will be with us in spirit.

From our house to yours, we wish you