Peace and Joy to You

Christmas is only a couple of days away. Many of us are exhausted from all of the preparations for the season. Shopping, cleaning, decorating, wrapping gifts, extra baking and cooking. The list goes on and on.

Many years ago, I decided, in order to preserve¬†what little sanity I still have left, not to play the holiday game. I do minimal shopping, send out Christmas cards to the people I love and try, often in vain, to find Christmas carols and other Christmas music to listen to on the radio or on television. I’m also a church choir director, which means that I’m in charge of an annual Christmas cantata at my church, which is often the highlight of my Christmas season. This year’s cantata was presented on December 18. ¬†It brought me, our choir and those who had braved the 25 below zero wind chill a lot of joy.

For me, the holiday season is all about peace and joy, which doesn’t require a lot of presents or bustling about. Mind you, I’m not suggesting that everyone follow my recipe for the holiday season. Retail sales would take a nosedive!

But my wish for all of you is to find occasions to celebrate peace and joy. Maybe take a quiet walk through the snow, curl up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate or eggnog, pop some popcorn, even take a nap. Reflect on what’s important in your life – on what isn’t! Slow down and enjoy time with your family and friends.

All of us at St. Croix Casino Danbury send you our best wishes for a holiday filled with peace, joy and love.

JW