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President’s Message Nov-Dec 2023

Happy Holidays and Seasons’ Greetings

Although very busy and somewhat stressful, this is my favorite
time of the year. Forget about shopping, decorating, wrapping,
partying, sending cards, baking, and all the other required or
associated “__ing’s.” This, to me, is a period to be immersed in the
spirit of kindness, peace, human connections, magic, charity, warmth,
and blessings. I love evenings with hot cocoa, a cozy fire, a soft fleece
blanket, my dog by me, the tree glowing, and watching a schmaltzy
Hallmark movie. Even with all the holiday hubbub, it seems like a
time to slow down spiritually and appreciate the simpler things in life.
On Christmas Eve, my church holds a candlelight service which really
brings these emotions to full fruition.
Let us be mindful of others throughout the world and pray that
they may be free of worry or want. No matter what your holiday
traditions are, no matter what your religion is, no matter how you
feel about the holidays – – I wish you a cheerful season filled with
your favorite things and surrounded by loving friends and family.

Patty Burnside, WNF&GA President, 2022-2024