The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

~Chinese Proverb~

How Christmas Toys with Our Emotions

WASHINGTON, Dcember 15, 2011–December can be a mixed bag of feelings and emotions for anyone, but especially for those who celebrate Christmas. The holidays send your emotional self in several directions, some more pleasant than others. Being aware of all that tugs the heart-strings during the Christmas season can normalize the up, down, and sideways ricochet of happy and not-so-happy holiday moods.

Christmas is a time of nose-talgia. Memories are emotional and quickly triggered by familiar scents. Think of peppermint and pine, cookie dough, and cookies baking, hot apple cider or cocoa, bayberry candles, ham in the oven, an uncle’s pipe smoke, or wood smoke. Homes, restaurants, stores, and the office, offer the smells of Christmas past as we sniff our way through the present.

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