The end of the year is nearly here. If you think I'm rushing things a bit stop and realize that Halloween really was more than a month ago, not just the other day. With a glutenous, friend and family-filled Thanksgiving newly passed behind us, I, for one, reach for Christmas with eagerness and excitement. After all, I did vow to never grow up! This is surely my favorite time of year. Decorations, lights and gift giving are mere reflections of the love and hope that are shared so freely.
In fact, I am so fired up over the holidays this year that I actually went shopping on "Black Friday," you know the dreaded day after Thanksgiving that should be called "Broke Friday." Instead I am usually at the Bethel Wares Fare, peddling an array of my newest endeavors. However, my sister and I took a year off to become consumers ourselves.
Due to the nasty ice and snow that fell during the night, we opted to leave after lunch. Together with our mother, we enjoyed a great girls night out shopping. Shelves were empty by the time we reached them, and most of the people we met looked like walking zombies -- the lure of the "deal" captivates the masses. I think next year I will skip this over-hyped shopping frenzy; once was enough for me.
The flurry of activity hasn't ended though. this will continue until the last, with traffic being the largest obstacle.
Please pay close attention while driving. I have talked with many people and had firsthand experiences with the craziness on the roads this time of year. As Christmas draws near, I think people tend to lose focus of its intended meaning, focusing instead on the rush to do and to buy. People, slow down, pay attention to the here and now.
Kindness, generosity and compassion are truly the best gifts to give!
Current and future fans of "Midnite Haze" -- don't forget the CD Release Party Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. a the funky Red Barn. tickets are just $2 at the door.,
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