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Happy Holidays!  As I put this issue together and deal with Internet connection issues, work and the many other things that happen every day that I never have the time to deal with in the way they should be dealt with... and notice again that I missed a few typos in the last issue of Tarot Reflections, *sigh* I can't help think about how much I strive for perfection and fall short.  There never seems to be enough time to do all that needs to be done.  I think the holidays really bring it out.  As children, many of us were raised in households that, during this time of year, engaged in traditions that had been passed down through the generations.  What day or week in the season is for cookie baking... what day the tree is purchased or assembled.  When shopping is done... and so on.  There always seemed to be enough time to do everything.  I tried to carry on my own family's traditions and couldn't make it work, I didn't have the time.  I couldn't seem to hit that perfection that I remembered so well as a child growing up.

Then it dawned on me that maybe there never was perfection.  Children don't really notice imperfections, do they?  It doesn't matter how well a package is wrapped, or how beautiful a centerpiece is, how many ornaments are on a tree, or how much was spent on their gift relative to another's, etc.   It didn't matter if the cookies were late or if they came ready to bake or from scratch.  They focus on the magic of the season... the anticipation of dreams coming true and the joy and warmth within that happens when they have the opportunity to help another's dreams come true, too.  

So maybe the solution isn't how to find the time to do all the things that need to be done with eyes on perfection, but to do the things that can be done and do those things with the eyes of a child--focusing on the magic of the season and not a laundry list of "things" that have to be done to perfection.  Melanie's article in this issue has some great ideas on how to do just that!

Speaking of magic, it's time to announce the winner of the November contest!

Congratulations, Barb Sutherland from Michigan, USA!!!

Barb correctly guessed the clip was the 42 Angel card from the Transparent Oracle by Emily Carding.  Be sure to enter this month's contest--we are going to try to make it special for the holidays!  The odds of winning are GREAT!

We hope you enjoy this issue!  May your holidays be blessed with abundance and joy!

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