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Kindness Changes Everything

Kindness Changes EverythingKindness makes all the difference.

Christmastime brings with it traditions, surprises, special gatherings and beautiful blessings… About 22 years ago, a group of ladies gathered to give an abused woman a gift shower to help her in settling into a new, safer life. Every year since then, I’ve received a Christmas card and update from this sweet lady.

Her life hasn’t been easy, but she shares with me how this year  was for her, assuring me that she’s getting on in life amidst challenges and changes. She often shares remembering teaching my sons in music classes. Hearing this warms my heart, making me realize sometimes those ties that bind wrap many times around the heart, don’t they?

Every year I await hearing from her… it’s a Christmas tradition in my heart.

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Advent, Christmas, Herbal Treasures Of Hickory Hollow

Advent Season Greenery and Traditions

Herbal Treasures Christmas Herbs

Herbal Treasures Of Hickory Hollow Garden Guide: Christmas Herbs by Becky Cortino

When we think about Christmas time, sweet remembrances and beautiful touches of gatherings past often come to mind. Years later, memories of special moments continue to evoke feelings of warmth and grace. In addition to friends and family coming together to enjoy memory-making occasions, sights, sounds, and scents further enhance these meaningful times. As essential elements, these components are most often associated with celebrations and special dishes of this glorious season.

 

Many of these practices, decorations, and dishes can be traced back through family tradition, customs, country of origin. It‘s interesting to note the use of particular herbs, spices and even greenery, can be traced back in time, along with meaningful symbolism, tradition and history of use connected to them.

 

This is a wonderful time to explore the history, tradition, significance, and symbolism of herbs, greenery and décor most often associated with celebrating this holiday! Based on my most popular presentations, I’ve written Christmas Herbs to encourage finding new meaning, joy, wonder in beauty and tradition that surround us during this time. Also included are some fabulous herbal recipes to spark-up your holiday gatherings!

 

MORE: About Christmas Herbs

Christmas Herbs is also available on Amazon.com

Advent, Christmas, Herbal Treasures Of Hickory Hollow

When does Advent start?

Herbal Treasures Christmas Herbs

Herbal Treasures Of Hickory Hollow Garden Guide: Christmas Herbs by Becky Cortino

Advent is observed by Christians as a season of spiritual preparation and waiting for the coming (or birth) of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Traditionally, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day or the Sunday closest to November 30, depending upon how the dates fall in a calendar year.

This year Advent begins on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

Every year, as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birthday (Christmas), decorations and symbols adorn homes, churches and public displays. Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and more lovely familiar decor add beauty to this joyful holiday. Each has special meaning.

 

Advent is a great time to explore the history, tradition, significance, and symbolism of herbs, greenery and décor most often associated with celebrating this holiday!  Based on my most popular Advent and herbal presentations, I’ve written Christmas Herbs on the history, tradition and symbolism of greenery, plants and herbs often displayed beginning at Advent, through Christmas. Since entertaining and special meals are also a big part of this lovely holiday. herbal recipes and inspirations are featured, spark to your holiday entertaining!

 

MORE: About Christmas Herbs, and to purchase [directly from publisher]

Christmas Herbs is also available on Amazon