Ebenezer Scrooge has long been the symbol of someone who despises Christmas. In the beginning of Charles Dickens’ classic, "A Christmas Carol," Scrooge is portrayed as a cold-hearted, miserly and miserable character. Then the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future visit and show him the error of his ways. He repents and becomes a model citizen, oozing generosity and kindness. That’s the simplified version, of course, but it’s a great story.
I’d like to think I don’t have a lot in common with Scrooge, because he’s a horrid character. But I do identify with him a bit around Christmas, especially as I get older. The crass commercialism, endless to-do list, gift purchasing and wrapping, decorating, social obligations, etc. can really make a gal (specifically this gal) cranky. When that happens, I try to remember to stop, take a deep breath and concentrate on what matters: the love of family and friends, my health, the fact that I have a roof over my head and food in my pantry.
There are a few other things I might try to alleviate my anxiety this month, courtesy of things I learned from a couple of our contributors. Check out the "Homeopathic Survival Guide For the Holidays" by Lora Roberts and "The Gift of Giving and Receiving" by Leora Weitzman. Both offer great tips for dealing with the stresses that accompany this time of year.
Also, be sure to check out our feature story about the doctors at the Family Clinic of Natural Medicine, Drs. Aaron Henkel and Rebecca Georgia, both naturopaths. Their approach to medicine, while based on a centuries-old model, sounds refreshing and sensible in this day of Big Pharma and high-priced medical care.
In closing, take the time to count your blessings this season and help someone who may be less fortunate. And thank you to you, our readers and advertisers, for a positive launch of "Nature’s Pathways" in this market. We appreciate your support and look forward to a healthy, happy 2011!