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p t 0 Thursday, December 18, 2008 ............. ........................... N ~ ......... ....................................................................... ..... _. ............... atua Not my Christmas wish list Let's all have a HAPPY Christmas " Christmas is my favorite hol- 'Tisturningintoaseasonofbad for learning new things, butnotso iday. It is a time when my home- news on top of bad news. good with the flood of bad news town of Fosston, Minn., comes So, what's the solution? A "news that we don't want running in non- fast" for a few days. stop circles in our minds.) I had never heard of a "news Oh, and don't even get me fast" until about a dozen years started on all the commercials, ago. Dr. Andrew Weft is a Harvard- telling us what we need to have in trained M.D. who recommends order to be happy, and reminding lots of non-traditional things that us of what we don't have or can't more mainstream doctors are afford thisyear. coming to accept more and more. My question is this: how does Like paying attention to nutrition, any of that contribute to a HAPPY and using foods to change our Christmas? It doesn't. And that's health for the better. Taking vita- my point. min and mineral supplements. So here's anewspaper publisher And adding quiet meditation time suggesting the unheard-off turn to balance one's hectic life. off the television news for a few Well has had the audacity to days. Change your Internet access suggest doctors look at the whole page to something without news. person - body, mind and spirit - (Or stay off the Internet for a few when assessing his or her wenbe- days, if you can,) If you need the alive with colorful lights, decora- tions and an abundance of Holi- day cheer and good will by most everyone you meet on the street. It is a place, much like many other small towns in the upper Midwest, where "Merry Christmas" does not seem to be an odd greeting to strangers on the street, and where the elementary school Christmas program is still called a Christmas program instead of a "Winter Hol- iday" program or some other non- sensical title so as not to offend that one family of Druids who moved to town recently. It is a time when the cuisine so common in this region becomes even more frightening than usual. ing, and especially when recom- weather report, or can't live with- This is attested to by the fact that mending treatments. And right out the latest sports standings, you normally rational people usu- now, I'm afraid, both our minds can get those in other ways. Or just ally do not make a point of feast- and our spirits are bogged down in watch at those times, ing on fish that has been soaked in really bad news. Instead of plunking down in lye; where most of the Holiday des- Here's a sampling of what's in front of the TV after dinner, get erts have the recommended daily 5-10 minutes of television news at out some games. Even if you don't Caloric requirements of the aver- any time of the day: the economy have kids at home anymore, play age family of five in just one sug- is reallybad, people are losing jobs a game of cards and talk to each gested serving; and where mas- all over the place, the weather is other, sive amounts of artery-clogging horrible, the economy is going At the least, give your brain a butter is the common ingredient to get worse before it gets bet- break from all the bad news out in nearly everything on the typi- ter, people are losing their homes, there for awhile. Your brain will cal Nordic family's table (Note to there's been another murder, an thank you. Your family will thank those who invest in the stock mar- old woman was swindled out of you. ket: buy stock in Midwestern cam- her house, the economy could be I know, it's hard to be "out of parties that produce butter. It's a reallybadforalongtime, someone touch" for a few days. But, trust intentionally destroyed a family's me, it will be worth it. It's espe- Christmas decorations, there have cially important, I think, this year: been dozens of car accidents, our All that bad news can wait. You state's finances are going from bad can catch up with it after Christ- to worse, someone stole a charity's mas, if you choose to. It's not going donation money, yet another polit- anywhere. ical figure is under investigation, In the meantime, you can be etc., etc., etc. (Some of i.t is so bad I free to focus on all the positives in don't even want to list it here.) life. Be thankful for your family, Now, I'll grant you, there are your health, whatever job or pos- the occasional lighter moments in sessions you do have. Remember the news: ajournalistthrowing his what a wonderful community we shoes at our president, learning live in where we truly care about that it costs Tom Petters $227,000 one another and people give and a month just to be Tom Petters .... I serve and help, from their hearts. (I can't even think of a third one. Oh, mean"community" in the broader yeah, the stupid-restaurant-tricks sense, not political boundaries on like enjoying the "hot tub" that's a map,) really a restaurant sink, then post- Give worry a holiday for a few ing it on the Internet for all to see. days and give gratitude a try. Who That one's priceless, knows, it could turn into a really And there are sprinklings of healthy habit. goodnewsoutthere.Someonepays I will try it too. Yes, I will try. off a stranger's mortgage. A group (I'm committing myself here, in of kids raises money for charity. I writing, to 2,000+ readers.) can'tthinkofathirdexamplehere And next week's Tri-County either. Except maybe that so many News will be happier too. (If some- of these "stupid criminals" are get: thing really bad happens between ting caught, now and then, I will either isolate it Maybe if they showed puppies to one spot in the paper- if it really playing while the bad news of the has to be in the Christmas paper at day is being read, maybe then it aU - or let it wait a week, orjustnot wouldn't be so bad. Instead we are include it. It may be censorship in barraged by video of car chases, a way, but I think it's appropriate flaming buildings, desperate pea- this year, and I hope that you will ple crying, dead bodies being understand. moved, and the devastation from With all that said, I wish for you riots, earthquakes, fires, and more. and yours a truly HAPPY Christ- (The moresensesthatareinvolved mas this year. You need it. You in perceiving something, the more deserve it. You can have it. it "sticks" in the brain. That's good safe bet from Thanksgiving to Eas- ter. Also, you may want to throw a little money toward medical firms who produce artificial hearts). It is also a time when we give and receive gifts. And, so my lov- ing family and generous friends know what to buy me... or, better yet, what not to buy me ... I have compiled the following "Not My Christmas Wish List." A festive Holiday sweater. Unless you are a 6' 4" tall cage- fighter named Bjorn, a color- ful sweater with knitted snow- men, giant snowflakes, or frolick- ing reindeer is a sure fire way to get beat up at the office Christmas party. Any movie on DVD with the following actors in it: Leonardo DiCaprio, Rosie O'Donnell, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise or, for that mat- ter, any movie originally aired on the Lifetime or Hallmark networks. Anything eco-friendly. No wallet made from recycled plas- tic shopping bags (very ugly), boxer shorts woven from the hair of Andean llamas (very itchy), or cologne made from fermented Himalayan yak pee (very, uh, yakky). I know you want to be a good steward of the planet God entrusted to each of us, but I just don't look good in slacks made from hemp. They always make my butt look big. Collectible items. Please don't take offense when you come over to our home for Christmas din- ner and don't see the Precious Moments nativity set you gave us last year. As adorable as those pointy-headed figurines are, they just don't go with our pointy- headed adorable figurine-free d~cor. Sorry, it's been re-gifted. The meat and cheese tray. I get about a dozen of these each Christ- mas and, as much as I enjoy them, no mere mortal can eat that much pepperjack cheese and summer sausage before he expires. And for those friends and family of mine who have received this gift from us, it's safe to say it is a re-gifted gift so I won't be offended if you send it on to the next person for whom you can't quite figure out what to buy. To loosely and inaccurately paraphrase Julie Andrews, these are not a few of my favorite things. What are some of my favorite things include spending time with my dear friends and family, and lifting a glass with those I love to a promise of a wonderful new year. And, of course, remember- ing why we gather together in the first place ... the celebration of the birth of the Savior. Merry Christmas! < www.nmfredrickson.com> 2008, N.M Fredrickson. All rights reserved. p.m. for the Christmas issue, and "'9 for the New Year issue POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tn-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. 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