Navigating the holiday season

Terry Dickow
Posted 11/30/21

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Navigating the holiday season


As they say in the movie business, that’s a wrap.

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now Christmas looms. Four weeks to get the tree up, lights hung, presents bought and wrapped……and that time will fly past.

We had family and friends over for Thanksgiving, something we did not do last year.  We were all vaccinated, so we felt pretty safe. I think the family and friends just made the food taste better. Sweeter. More filled with love, maybe.

Local folks volunteered at the VFW, cooking and serving meals to those who wanted a Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t know how many years the VFW have been doing this, but it is a good thing. Food and fellowship are important, so my compliments for taking on this project every year.

If you are looking for a good thing to do on a personal level, Giving Tuesday is coming up. People are encouraged to give to a favorite charity or two, and often times the gifts are matched by a corporate sponsor.

In town agencies could use your support….so not only can you shop local, but you can give local.

Christmas trees

I love fresh Christmas trees. I love going out to a choose and cut tree place and hunting for the perfect tree, chopping it down, bringing it home and decorating it. I like the cut your own lots, because those trees are planted for one purpose…to be a Christmas tree. Lots of times Christmas comes and some tree lots still have precut trees unsold. I always think they should give them away Dec. 24, but that is not a good business practice.

All good things come to an end though. I am leaning toward an artificial tree next year. Even writing that makes my heart break a little.  As I get older, I find it is increasingly difficult to cut my own. For the past few years my son in law has done the cutting while I watched, and while he does not mind, he may sing a different tune when it is 12 degrees with blowing snow and I am still deciding between four different trees.

When you get used to doing things a certain way, it is hard to change.


Speaking of change, got a letter last week from Northwestern Medicine that they are closing their satellite office located in front of Walmart. Bummer.

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