Presidents’ Points December 2020

It’s time to put your garden to bed….yes, tuck your perennials under a blanket of mulch or leaves, and put your tools away. Sit back for a moment and enjoy the peace of the upcoming holiday season.

Instead of sadness caused by pandemic restrictions, savor the time to reflect on the real meaning of the season. Instead of the usual hectic hubbub of the holidays, immerse yourself in quietness. Instead of frantically trying to “do it all”, take a few minutes to be kind to yourself. Maybe enjoy a cup of tea and some beautiful Christmas music.

Most of all, remember that it’s not what we have missed, but that we can look forward to a better new year when once again we can gather, greet our friends in person, and join in the activities that make us happy.

Merry Christmas, my friends, and a happy, healthy New Year.

Well, this will certainly be a different Christmas this year, but I think we can still have a very enjoyable holiday.  If you have family that you want to see but are staying isolated, check out the Zoom, Skype or Messenger applications to see and talk to them. We were able to prop up my daughter’s cellphone so that my son-in-law in Kuwait could “sit” in on Thanksgiving dinner.  He did miss out on the deviled eggs, though. So have a tech savvy grandchild, friend or neighbor give you a hand and/or lend you a device and get in touch with your family.  And don’t forget those good old things called a Christmas card, letter, or phone and keep in touch.  

Check out the ornament and decoration ideas and a great old family sugar cookie recipe in Beth’s Corner.  (My great aunt made these in a wood stove, so they bake at a low temperature. But I still haven’t found a way to get that hint of wood smoke flavor).

Let us know if there is anything you would like us to feature in the newsletter or any idea that would be a substitute for the monthly meeting.

I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Look for us again in the January newsletter.