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December, 2011: Happy Holidays!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!

December 5th is International Volunteer Day.

So many of you volunteer in your local communities to assist those less fortunate or in need.  Blessings on you for that act of compassion.  Celebrate giving in this season of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas and Eid ul-Fitr/Eid ul-Adha and the winter solstice.


It is also a month of giving of gifts and we should take care regarding the appropriateness.  For example, go to for reasons why during Safe Toys and Gifts Month we should understand the risks of some gifts for children.  Give a different gift – even if funds are limited – such as a trip to a museum (some are free) with loved ones or a membership at the museum (some are $25 or so).


What is it about holidays, especially our winter ones, that cause stress and strain?

            We need to be present for each other as families and friends, colleagues and coworkers.  But we sometimes allow distractions and mishaps to overshadow our original intent to celebrate.

            It does not matter that you might give a gift less than what you’d have liked because times are tough.  It matters that you care.

            It does not matter if the meal does not turn out as planned, as you can make do.

            It does not matter if you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindi, pagan, atheist, humanist. 

It only matters that we do unto others as we would have others do for us.

Be healthy, help each other to maintain health, and do what you can to brighten the future that human beings on earth must preserve for those to follow us.