the pains, sores, tears, scars of life. Well intentioned efforts to celebrate the holidays were given to me many years ago. The celebrations, decorations, gifts were also a means for them, my parents, to slow down, to escape their pains and tragedies. Of course, I didn’t know that then. I see it now. Today, it is an opening, even if momentary, to turn away from self absorbed thoughts and celebrate something bigger…to give warmth to others and enjoy the peace. No let downs afterwards though! Carry the positive vibes forward. No ‘bah humbugs’ in my presence please.