The Holiday Season is Upon Us
Like it or not, December is here and the end of another very tough year is coming to a close. I am quite fond of December. Being I was raised around a Christmas tree as a child and opening up presents, there are a lot of good memories still left there that provide moments to reflect on times that I celebrated with my family which included Cousins, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, Step Brothers, In Laws and so so many more Friends and Neighbors.
I remember that we would go to my Aunt and Uncle's home in Milwaukee, Oregon. My Aunt Betty would prepare an "Italian Christmas Feast" that would have Antipasto, Ravioli (my favorite) and Spagetti all made from scratch!
This is a photo of my cousin Jan who was my Aunt Betty's daughter. The resemblance to my Aunt Betty is amazing. As beautiful a person as here mom was, Jan is just as wonderful and loving a person you could know.
The italian food My Aunt Betty prepared was from recipes from Italy where my uncle was raised and they were his mothers handed down recipes. Unbelievable! They are both gone now and I miss my Aunt (also my favorite) very much. These people were full of life and we were so close. I will never forget those wonderful days. Thank goodness for Facebook! It has allowed us to reconnect in ways we never would have imagined.
On Another Note....
Although I was raised Christian, I am not without respect for others who celebrate their religion in their way with their family, friends and so on. It is in my nature to be understanding and free of prejudice, so if you celebrate Christ in a different method or believe in a different higher power then I hope that it brings you the same joy as I when celebrating in a different denomination.
You might like to see a list of religions so I thought this would be an interesting link to share. There are so many forms of worship and we are fortunate to live in a country that allows us that diversity and to celebrate freely as a nation.
In this day and age we should be more united to celebrate life itself and the things that we can give and share with one another. Gifts such as kindness, understanding, compassion, devotion and so on. These are the gifts I gladly give and receive and not just during the Holidays, but every day. I would like to make a Wish for all of you in 2012 to embrace this philosophy and pay it forward unto others so that we might all make the world and ourselves better.
So to those who celebrate Christmas with me I say unto you, Merry Christmas!
Here's to a prosperous and very Happy New Year in 2012!
Your Friend and Realtor,
Stew Keene - Phoenix Real Estate Professional