Twenty-Five Days of Christmas – Dealing with “Those People”

Norman Rockwell must have had a great family to spend the holidays with to create such beautiful images of the world. For the rest of us…

They are your family. You didn’t get to choose who they would be…love them anyway! (mine!)

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts. Author Unknown

Just remember: Next year you could be the fat one! (mine)

Smile, tell them you love it, then send it to Goodwill.

Friends are God’s apology for relations.  ~Hugh Kingsmill

I don’t have to look up my family tree, because I know that I’m the sap.  ~Fred Allen

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. – Janice Maeditere

It could be worse! You could be at the in-laws!

It could be worse, you could be an orphan. Somewhere there’s a kid that doesn’t want to be an only child.

Someone traveled to be with these people.

So to get through the holidays:

Keep an upbeat attitude no matter how much the little ones scream, cry or run a muck. It’s only a couple of days a year. Next year will be different: child will grow up, the grown ups will get older, anyone could be gone from us at anytime.

Live like there is no tomorrow, laugh, dance and sing like no one is watching, love like your heart will never break.

My Extended Family

I am surround by family. I have a husband, son, sister, mother, and brother. I have more cousins, aunts, and uncles than I could count, even using my and your toes. Oh did I mention in-laws.

I have friends that count as family. Those that call me after months of not hearing from them…

“Hey, Suz. I need your couch.”

I hope I’m not unique in that.

I have a very special extension of my family too. While we all have some things in common, we are as different as… well snowflakes come to mind. Mostly because of the flake part.

We are creative, smart (at least we think so), loving, and friendly. We are also testy at times, each have moments of “duh”, and get hurt feelings, even when it was not intended.

We are unique in the fact that, while we work together, hardly any of us have met. We know more about each other than some of our blood. We talk, we share, we agree, and sometimes must agree to disagree.

I am of course talking about the authors around me that have found their home in Second Wind. I’m talking about writers that range from Mainstream Fiction to Paranormal Romance. We also range from thirty years-old to past retirement.

We live from coast to coast and everywhere in between. We also love to read, love to write, and create in ways that amaze me from day to day.

And though we all write, our books are as different as we are. We have different voices, different genres, and different ways of looking at each. And through it all we will stand as family, like any family; with love in mind, and stories to tell.

Suzette Vaughn

The Second Wind Publishing Family