After the holidays I hear folks talk about being exhausted and others regretting too much credit card debt, so I often urge people to pare down and make better use of their energy and dollars.
However, there really are folks who stay within a budget, embrace the season, relish the decorations and enjoy all the hustle and bustle. One of those is my friend Tina McGinnis. The last time Tina moved, the movers unloaded 75 boxes (they counted them!) marked, “IMPORTANT: CHRISTMAS!”
“Christmas is my moment of true enjoyment, from the first bough I hang to the last ornament I place on the tree,” Tina tells me.
The rite of celebration was passed down to her by her Transylvanian mother. They sang carols in German, which is the second language of Transylvanians, and baked hundreds of Knusskipfel cookies. This year is no exception. Tina is planning for kids, grandkids and those boxes marked, “IMPORTANT: CHRISTMAS!” All 75 boxes will be emptied and the house decorated and glowing. She will teach the little ones a carol in German because she doesn't know the English words. Others will help make cookies and everyone will continue to make memories.