Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Tricia painting faces at “Christmas in Maple Lake” Chamber of Commerce event

It’s Christmas in Mooseburgerland and everyone here is busy getting things ready for the big holiday weekend! It has been fun as people have called in getting gift certificates for friends and family. Some were design consultations for new clown costumes, some were for Mooseburger Camp. It will make for a fun new year.

I have been busy making homemade bread for all I love. I love the look on people’s faces when I give them a loaf of cinnamon swirl or garlic herb bread. It is better than any gift I could buy. Choir rehearsals (so we will be ready for Christmas Eve mass) have been a joy as well.

My foster daughter Cali came in from Chicago for an afternoon of coffee, cookies, bread, and catching up. Julia will be home soon to help me with preparing last minute food for the weekend. DJ is busy and happily on tour with Feld’s Disney on Ice.

Of course it’s not all glitter and gladness. I don’t want this to be one of those irritating family Christmas letters that brags about how great everything is. The truth is — as with everyone — there have been some struggles. Loved ones in my community and extended family have left us far too soon this year. People I love are battling illness. Small businesses ownership ups and downs.

As I sometimes struggle with the stress of the season and running my business in an industry that is rapidly changing, I pause.

I think of a new husband with a very pregnant wife on a donkey trudging through the countryside. Who knew there would be no place to take them in? He didn’t, I’m sure! What was his stress level like as he settled his precious wife into a cave and helped her prepare for the birth of the promised savior of the world?

I am grateful. I am grateful for the promise of a new year. I am grateful for the blessings of a creative fun life. I am touched by the generosity of the people I know, my staff, my friends, my customers (they all blend together actually!).

The big tip is to take time for yourself. Breathe in and breathe out. People really only want your time. The gift doesn’t need to be perfect. The food doesn’t need to be fancy. The house is clean enough! Stop expecting life to be like the Hallmark Channel! Families are messy and deserve love even if they are not perfect.

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, I wish you all the very best.

See you next year!


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  1. Thomas Johnson

    Yes , i do read your newsletter , lots of good stuff, thanks Doc Waldo

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