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Innsbruck - Christmas at the Goldenes Dachl

The "Goldenes Dachl" (The golden roof) in Innsbruck, Austria, at Christmas.

May yours be peaceful and blessed.
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To all my LJ friends: Wishing you the greatest of peace and joy during this sacred season of rebirth and renewal.
Whatever your walk in life, may this time bring you greater strength and insight for the coming year.


-The Old Wolf has spoken.
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Please don't be offended if you have a secular walk. This about sums up my feelings for the season.

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I have received this several times now. Although it comes in the form of a "forward this to everyone" email virus, there are things about it that make good sense, so I repost it here, with appropriate corrections to spelling, grammar and emphasis. This is the USA version, but I've seen one for Canada as well.


Merry Christmas 2011
The Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods, merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine Concern for other Americans. There is no longer the excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Americans’ hands, because there are endless ways of promoting local businesses.

It's time to think outside the box. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese-produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes everyone -- gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some Health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American-owned Detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down your Benjamins on a Chinese-made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift-receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are countless owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big national chains -- this is about supporting your home town American with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would love the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I know I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theater?

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you really need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice big tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. This is the new American Christmas tradition.
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As a child, and during the 30 years of my married life, we always had a real tree, and Christmas was a big deal, especially for the kids. Now that I'm on my own, I made the concession to convenience (and cost) and purchased a little pre-lit artificial tree, which will go up as soon as I can dig it out of my storage space (it's in the back, of course.)

I love Christmas - it's a wondrous time of renewal and reflection. I try to get the decorations up as soon after Thanksgiving (not before! not before!) as possible, and they usually come down the day after New Year's or thereabouts. The only time I got rid of a tree early is one year when we had one that was so dry it was a fire hazard.



May this season bring you joy and cheer!

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