The Rest Of Life

Behind the Willows

As much as I love the Christmas season, cookies and all, it does have a tendency to push the rest of life aside.  Spending evenings making toys for the girls, writing Christmas letters, baking cookies, it’s all  part of the joy of the season (to get all sappy about it) but it really puts a crimp in the rest of life.  Who wants to sit and pay bills when there are cookies to be baked?  Take the dog for a run when there are presents to be made, ordered and wrapped? Rip out the old carpet when you could be reading Christmas books with your kids in front of the fire? A few days ago we did not move a workshop from one outbuilding to another through eight inches of snow, instead we trimmed our tree.

Through the years we have struggled where exactly to put a Christmas tree in…

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