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December 22, 2020

A Holiday Message from CFMS President Wendy Collins

I hope this holiday season, everyone will make some new memories.  I hope there are some to cherish and that will be remembered fondly and some that you are able to laugh about in the years to come.  As my family readies for our festive season, I take comfort in rediscovering decorations that have been packed away for 11 months.

There are a few tree ornaments that when I see them, they are like taking a trip back in time.  The many ornaments my children have made at schools and the ornaments purchased on family vacations.  There is one very special one, a dear friend me gave as a hostess gift.  My family fondly call it ‘the cupcake girl’.  When I unpack it, I think of the shenanigans we got up to when we were much younger and fearless, long before marriage and kids. 

I have a love of trains, especially steam trains.  The tree is not trimmed until the train is setup beneath.  In the train box there is set of train rules that my daughter wrote out on a scrap piece of paper when she was 6.  It is so funny to read, to see her spelling and her printing.

Each year we put garland and lights up our staircase.  I am always reminded of our first Christmas in our house.  I was 8 months pregnant and so excited to see the garland on the stairs and light up, only to discover there was no outlet to plug in the lights.  There may have been a few tears.  (We have since has an outlet installed. 😊)

This are just a few my cherished and funny memories.  Please this year, take time to cherish past memories.  I also hope that you, your family and friends will find a way to find some contentment and comfort this year and to make some new memories. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy holiday season and looking forward to reconnecting in the New Year.

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