DSCN9319.JPG (614890 bytes)A New Christmas

I am a creature of habit. I find comfort in routine, I suppose because when you have a routine you donít forget anything. This Christmas Iíve decided to do things a little differently. I put the tree up first when normally that is the last task to be done. Josie gave me a great suggestion to use candy canes on my tree. This year I skipped the ornaments and instead hung bright tropical flavored candy canes. The tree has a whole different look. Iíve collected quite a lot of DSCN9321.JPG (732561 bytes)decorations over the years and this year I only put out about 1/3 of them. Who says you have to wear yourself out putting all this stuff up and then boxing it all away?

For fun Iím walking the dog in the evenings. While Iím out I play this little game. I look to see which home has the best Christmas display and I also judge which has the worst. Itís fun way to take a variety of different walks.

Have you ever stopped to evaluate your Christmas? What do you do because you have done it every year? Is it worthwhile, or could it be replaced? Is there something that yocookies.jpg (887163 bytes)u have always wanted to do and yet never make the time for? This year we are going to go to the Missouri Botanical Garden to view the Gardenland Express: Wilderness Escape. I have never been to the Botanical Garden at Christmas and Iím looking forward to it. Take time now to evaluate your Christmas. Make some changes and improvements. Have a New Christmas.

"Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance - each beautiful, unique and too soon gone."- Deborah Whipp