12 Days of Christmas – Friendship

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A part of Christmas for me always revolves around friends.  Whether it is co-workers, neighbors or friends for years from school there is always some get together.  A shopping trip together, a lunch to unwind from the shopping, a cookie exchange, even a company gathering.  There are cards to send out to reconnect with friends we have lost touch with in distance and schedules that are too busy.  I can’t count the number of times I run into someone I haven’t seen in ages while shopping.  Friends make life bearable.  I have always believed they are the “family” we choose.  Call a friend up and take some time to let them know you still care. This Christmas embrace the warmth of friendship, one of the greatest gifts of all.

12 Days of Christmas – Nature

I am undertaking a new challenge of sorts.  It is leading up to Christmas with the 12 days beforehand with some of the things that make Christmas what is so magical for me.  I will try to match a photograph with each as I go. I hope you enjoy some of these same things no matter what holiday customs you celebrate.

How can you go through Christmas without thinking of nature?  After all a lot of people decide to make a tree a focal point in their houses this time of year.  Wreaths and pine garlands add a fresh scent of pine to homes.  And every office I walk into has at least one poinsettia plant.  Who can say they have not tried to capture a little mistletoe kiss?

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So many people will do things like sledding, snowmen building and yes, even shoveling snow… I have spent my life in Iowa so I don’t really know what is the norm for a green Christmas in a warm climate.

I hope in this last week and a half or so until Christmas you take a minute to see the moon’s glow (we just had another super moon), watch for a shooting star, soak up the warmth that the sun offers and even admire natures beauty of snow or rain from the warmth and comfort of your home.  Admire that tree, not just the lights and ornaments.  Breathe in the scent of pine, even if it is only from an air freshener scent.  Nature is a part of my 12 days of Christmas… how about yours?