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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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It Is Magical

The holiday season is a time for magic. It’s a special time of year, which can become stressful or over commercialized if you let it, but I like to try to remind myself of the magic that comes once a year–albeit faster and faster each year!

What other time of year do so many things change? Think about it. Radio stations change their lineups. Some TV stations dedicate their schedule to holiday classics — both old and new. Homes get colorfully decorated with bright lights and blown-up figures. Cookies get baked, cards get mailed, and of course presents get purchased.

A skeptical person can say that all of this could be done to benefit the commercial side of the holidays, but I like to try to remember all that is special about this time of year, and celebrate in the joy that the holidays are supposed to be about.

It’s true that this time of year, especially with tough economic times, can take its toll on budgets and scheduling time, but amongst it all, it should be a reminder that there is good in the world and that magic does or can exist. Whether it’s in the dreams or excitement of children you know, or in the gathering of friends and family during this time of year, there’s a unique feeling to December’s holidays that I hope all of you have time to embrace.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, or perhaps if you’re just looking to close the doors on 2011 and welcome 2012 as a new beginning, I hope that you find some enchantment this holiday season and peace and joy in your every day lives.

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