Turn Around Tuesday

“Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.” -Lucy, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

A Charlie Brown Christmas is my all time favorite Christmas show. It was on TV last night and I thought, “What a better way to celebrate this season than to have a quote a week from this great holiday cartoon?”

To start things off, we have gem from Lucy Van Pelt. The darling know it all characteristically had big ideas and a ton of misinformation. However, she came dangerously close to hitting the nail on the head with this one.

Christmas tends to be beautifully flashy, bright, colorful, and wondrous. It is a wonderful time to participate in and enjoy. Don’t miss that last part – enjoy. All the flashy in the world won’t feel good if it rides in on the back of stress and unrest.

There’s a great thing about this time of year – and any other time of year. We have a choice in how to run our lives. We can choose to remember why we enjoy this time of year, look forward to our personal traditions and celebrations, and forgo the massive stress factor.

Let’s start off December by remembering that we don’t need to participate more than we want in that “big eastern syndicate.” If that holiday frenzy it the part of the holiday that you look forward to, then, by all means, enjoy! But if it’s not, then let’s support each other in remembering what it is we do like, focus on the characteristics that do bring us joy, and spend our time doing those things that make this a memorable time of the year.

Learning more about all of you

A neat thing happened last week when I mentioned the Southern tradition of sending plates of leftovers home with company, my column turned into a conversation. Some of you saw fit to respond with some of your own traditions.

It is characteristic of what I like so much about my career as a Realtor, my involvement as a professional, and my place as a citizen. Nothing is better than the relationships created.

I wanted to let you all know that TAT is posted every Tuesday at Making Life Work for You. There are other articles there as well. If the conversational mood ever strikes you again, I hope you will join us over there.


  1. I like what you advise about making time for ourselve during the holiday season, April.

    This year I’ll have our whole family at our home, which includes five grandsons, 3-11. I find that if the children are happy all is well. So to prepare for that I purchased two videos I think they would enjoy plus a game for the older children that will challenge their math a little. 🙂

    I’m planning on ham since that will require less work than some meats. If you can see what will make the time great and cut down on your own work, it really helps cut out much of the stress that can come with the holidays.

    Above all else I want our time together to be magic and memorable. 🙂

  2. Robyn – I can smell the ham!

    We too plan on being with our parents with our children. We are so looking forward to it. Except in our family…most of the grandbabies are girls 🙂 As of February, my parents will have 10 grandkids…2 are boys!

  3. Honestly, I’m actually one of those people who enjoy all the Christmas frenzy going on. The fast-paced shopping for gifts is a thrill like no other! For me, part of what makes Christmas is the whole colorful myriad of festivities.

  4. Jen – I KNEW folks like you existed! And I am so thankful for it. I love to watch people Christmas shop while I am picking up a few things. I love to look at Christmas lights and decorations. I love to go to someone’s Christmas party.

    I just hate DOING it 😛 So, in my book, we are made to be Christmas friends!

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