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Happy Holidays!

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As we draw near to the holiday season we are looking forward to the wonderful times of celebration with family and friends. This can be such a happy, fun filled time of year. Yet we are all aware that holidays can also be filled with stress tension and frayed tempers.

Bearing this in mind, let’s remember to prepare our attitudes along with our homes and tables. There is nothing that can dampen the spirit of Christmas cheer quicker than a grumpy attitude at this time of year. So it comes as very good news that with three simple keys there is a way that we can enjoy each other’s company this festive season.

The first key to a happy holiday is Respect. We may be different ages and have different personalities and outlooks, but if we show a genuine interest in each other and respect each others needs and opinions it will go a long way to improve the atmosphere around the Christmas table on the big day.

Even if we do not receive the gift we want or are offended in some way, we can decide to respect the holiday season by deciding to forgive easily and hold on to our sense of humour. The second key is Responsibility. No one person can make a holiday happy all by themselves.

Everyone influences the occasion either positively or negatively. There is nothing like lending a helpful hand with the chores, giving a hug or a kind word to improve everyone’s enjoyment of a holiday. Let’s be more concerned with what we can do to help than what we can get from the occasion.

Gratitude and laughter are always welcome guests at any family gathering. The last key to harmony is Reciprocity; or the ability to give back to those who give to us. As folks show us kindness and welcome us into their homes, we can offer back to them some consideration, thoughtfulness and thanks of our own.

So there they are; the three keys to harmony; the three pretty ornaments no holiday season should be without. If we prepare our attitudes to include respect, responsibility we should not only survive the holidays but we may even thrive through them.

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God bless and stay free,

“Equipping the compassionate and setting the captives free.” - Isaiah 61: 1-4