Posted on December 23, 2007 by Christine Perkett
My family is big on Christmas. While the magic is never the same as it was in childhood, we work hard to make each and every year a memorable one. Some might say we are a little crazy – we open gifts one by one and, as the years go by and our family expands, that can make the gift opening last all day. But it also makes gift giving memorable – rather than a harried free-for-all opening extravaganza, we know what was given and the thoughtfulness behind each gift. Christmas comes just once a year so why not make it last.
This year I am cherishing the memory-making and my family with new eyes. Unfortunately, divorce entered the family fray this year and so we are celebrating with one less family member. After nearly 15 or so years, it’s a difficult transition and one that reminds me that you have to enjoy life as it is now. It moves fast and furious and before you know it, everything can change.
Family can drive you crazy but if you are celebrating with them this year, try to appreciate every aspect of them now - the chaos, the laughs, the fun, the annoyances and sometimes even the tears. Enjoy the traditions that may seem silly or meaningless. Some day you are likely to look back and enjoy each and every one as fond memories.
If you celebrate – Merry Christmas.
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Posted on December 18, 2007 by Christine Perkett
I cherish Saturdays. Workweeks are long and stressful and not full of enough sleep. Sundays bring anxiety about Monday morning. But Saturdays are glorious.
Case in point, last Saturday I left the Holiday cards unsigned, the presents unwrapped and the house uncleaned to go outside and play with my boys. We have a hilly yard – which most of the time stinks but for sledding it is excellent (especially when you are 2 and 5).
We spent a good half of the day outside playing in the snow (before Sunday’s rainstorm turned it all to ice) and for a moment I stopped at the top of the hill, my two-year-old on my lap, looked out at the ocean and thought “wow, life is awesome.”
Moments like this can be few and far between but are just the fuel I need to keep going. I hope you have one soon, too. Remember what matters during this very busy and stressful month!
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Posted on December 2, 2007 by Christine Perkett
I’m counting my blessings this month even as I run around stressing about getting everything done: the shopping, the wrapping, the end-of-year sales and finances, the travel plans, etc. But I’m not forgetting how, even though I’m crazed, I’m extremely lucky. I have a warm home – in both temperature and spirit, a great marriage, two glorious children, great and patient friends, a thriving business on my own terms, fabulous employees, a supportive extended family, three dogs who make me crazy but are great for cuddling, and much, much more.
As I look around this month and count my blessings more than usual, I also want to give back as a way of saying “thanks” to the universe/Kismet, etc. It’s easier than ever these days – so no excuses. Click on any of the URLs below to share the spirit this holiday season – and always, for that matter.
- Support research for many medical causes. My personal passions: Alzheimer’s and Cancer.
- Be the example to a teen at risk.
- Boston’s very own Globe Santa can use your help for granting holiday wishes to needy families.
- Californian? Shop at Out of the Closet thrift stores to support AIDS Healthcare
Foundation through proceeds
- Choose a volunteer project or go local – do something in your town
- Keep us all healthy – donate for vaccinations against deadly diseases
- See clearly – donate your old eye glasses
- Keep walking – donate old shoes
- Nature matters - protect rain forests
- You can provide a month of care for sexual slavery victims
- Not flying this season? Donate your frequent flyer miles to families of injured soldiers
- Each year the average teacher spends over $659 from their own pocket to buy classroom materials; you can help locally or otherwise
- eBay isn’t just for buying; sell gifts online, too – a percentage of sales goes to charities of your choice
- Enjoying your family at the holidays? Our homesick troops aren’t so lucky – help brighten their holiday
- Give blood
- Education matters – support a future college student
- Help time pass for a hospital-bound child
- Brides Against Breast Cancer can use your gown
- My Mom’s Golden is a therapy dog; yours can be too
- Send your old laptop to a child
- Shopping anyway so why not donate a portion of what you buy this season by shopping here
- Support the need for medical supplies for children
- Upgrade your car or mobile phone and donate the old one for domestic violence victims
- Warm and cozy? Many are not. Donate stuffed animals, baby blankets, and children’s books
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