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Senior Spotlight: Keep a merry mindset this Christmas

Mary Jo Brown/For the Daily Press
Mary Jo Brown

Thanksgiving, I remember it well. I felt the effects of it for quite a while, probably because of my fondness for stuffing. I was fortunate enough to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner — provided by Edward Jones Investments and members of Calvary Baptist Church — which was served in the Sunset Meadows I dining room.

It was a very nice dinner with wonderful service and companionship. This past week, those at Sunset Meadows enjoyed a Christmas dinner with gifts given out after the meal. It was nice to be able to dress up a little and celebrate with others the joy of Christmas.

My holiday celebrating has included a visit from my brother Joe, during which we had a good time getting caught up on family news and views. The visit prompted me to call and visit with other family members I haven’t seen in quite a while, which in turn got me to thinking about sending out Christmas cards. Each year, I start out with the best of intentions in getting my Christmas cards out in plenty of time before Christmas. The list of those who will receive a card seems to have gone down some this year and has been revised a couple of times already. Some are no longer on the list because we seem to have lost track of each other as the years go by, and some have passed on — but there are also new additions of friends made in the past year.

Christmas can be a little melancholy for some if they start thinking about those who are no longer with them to share the holidays. It is hard at times to be cheerful and lighthearted when you are missing loved ones you have lost or who live far away. During those times, we need to remember that we have been blessed to have had them in our lives for however long we did and be thankful for that.

Sharing memories of good times, silly times and stories of Christmas past can be a way of bringing ourselves out of the doldrums and back into the holiday spirit. It is important to not sit around and brood about that which we cannot change and have no control over. Dwelling on negative things will result only in a negative attitude, which carries over to the people around you, and pretty soon, the goodness of the holidays is driven away completely. Turning your cares over to the Lord and appreciating all that He has blessed you with today and in the past will help you have a positive attitude, a better day and spread to others around you, which is a win-win situation.

I am looking forward to visits from my kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, which certainly will brighten up my holidays. I hope you also get to enjoy family time, and even though it can create some stress and chaos, it is worth it to have that special time together.

Birthday wishes go out to Victoria Hanna and Trey Gallegos.


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