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Christmas: Don't clean it up too quickly

December 27, 2011

WASHINGTON, December 24, 2011 –Anticipation of the Christmas celebration lifts the human spirit. Preparation takes time and effort, but most of us do it even as we complain. It is a pleasure giving gifts and delightful to get them. People we seldom see may be with us which makes up for being with those that annoy us daily. We indulge in sweets and good food. There is even something lovely in the bittersweet thoughts of holidays past.

Christmas is such a messy affair. Our feelings are all over the place. Expectations, anxiety, excitement, sadness, happiness, and loneliness can all be experienced in one afternoon. Wrapping gifts, baking, cooking, eating, all create a mess. Then, when you open gifts, there’s the aftermath of paper, ribbon, boxes, and that popcorn packing stuff that sticks to everything.

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