As we madly dash around trying in vain to accomplish all there is to do during this holiday season, remember to take a breath, read a good book and enjoy family and friends. Don't sweat the small stuff.
"12 Ways to Find Peace Amid Holiday Stress" by Kate Carter Frederick. You'll enjoy this hectic time of year more and find relief from the stress of to-do lists by taking a few moments to relax and revive your holiday spirit.
1. Snag a bouquet of fresh flowers and take a deep whiff.
2. Take a walk outdoors. Think about nothing.
3. Call an old friend and laugh. Ring up a different friend each week instead of sending a holiday card.
4. Hire someone else to do it, no matter what the chore.
5. Sip something hot and soothing. Enjoy a cup of cappuccino. Just sip it and look out the window.
6. Read. Grab a new book or magazine for 30 undisturbed minutes.
7. Pile into the car with your kids or someone else's and take a drive to view local holiday lights.
8. Make an appointment, go for a manicure, facial or massage.
9. Take a day off or turn Sunday into Funday. Let each person in the family choose a fun thing for everyone to do.
10. Soak in a warm bath. Treat yourself to the works.
11. Give yourself a gift, curl up and take a long or short winter's nap.
12. Hold a Movie Night. Rent a holiday film or two or three, turn off the phone and eat popcorn for supper.
How perfect is that?
"Act of Treason" by Vince Flynn
"The Collectors" by David Baldacci
"I Like You" by Amy Sedaris
"Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks
"Audacity of Hope" by Barack Obama
"Innocent Man" by John Grisham
"2, 4, 6, 8" by Rachel Ray
"Barefoot Contessa at Home" by Ina Garten
"I Feel Bad About My Neck" by Nora Ephron
Miss Emily Arnold's young adult book review
Title: The Trumpeter of Krakow
Author: Eric P. Kelly
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1928
A winner of the Newberry Medal, "The Trumpeter of Krakow" is an exciting historical fiction adventure that people of all ages will enjoy. It is set in medieval Krakow, Poland, and is based on real historical events. It is about a 15-year-old boy and his family on a mission to keep a valuable family heirloom safe. Follow young Joseph Charnetski as he witnesses an old alchemist and his hypnotic student scheme over precious metals and is attacked by greedy thieves who want their treasure for themselves. You will absolutely love this book.
Don't forget to mark your calendars for "A Taste of Rim Country," on Feb. 17, 2007. Tickets go on sale Jan. 2.
Happy and safe holidays to all.