Remember the Sears catalog?

Every year the Christmas season seems to come and go faster and faster.  I remember as a child looking through the Sears and J.C. Penny catalogs.  I had those catalogs memorized.  The train sets were my favorites, then I graduated to Hot Wheels, and then it was getting ski’s.  Oh, I remember getting a plastic slide and we would take turns sliding down the steps inside where we lived above the funeral home to the downstairs bashing our bodies against the wall at night.  We would then get up early and play with our gifts until mom was tired of us and then we’d go outside and keep playing until someone told us we had to come in or I got hungry.  That’s over 40 years ago now but I remember it like yesterday.  I’m sure you all have fond memories of your Christmas’s with family.  This is the season for families, friends, and celebrating the birth of Jesus.  It’s also a time for fun winter activites and with another snowstorm approaching tomorrow it will be a snowy Christmas that everyone will remember.  The last big snowstorm I drove in to get home was back in 1987.  I was in Park Falls Wi. and had just been there a couple weeks practicing and I had to work until 3pm on Christmas eve.  It had started snowing heavily at noon and I adventured out in the snow with my 1980 Chevy Citation XL and couldn’t go over 35 MPH and it took me 5 hours to get home. Mom’s home made stuffing was pretty much gone but mom saved a big plate of food as they anxiously had awaited my arrival.  No cell phomes back then, just plenty of worried folks.

We are having Cristmas eve at my folks in St. Croix Falls and then having Mary’s family over for Christmas day.  I’m especially happy to still have my parents around.  My dad has been in poor health for many years but keeps surprising us all as he keeps getting to every St. Croix falls athletic event.  Mom had a tough year with her heart but had a successful by-pass surgery at Mayo and looks and moves better now than she did 20 years ago.

I want to wish all of you a blessed holiday season.  Count your blessings every night before you go to bed.  God wants you to have a prosperous life in all aspects.  I look forward to guiding you to a better quality of life and seeing you all be healthier in 2010 then 2009.  You are never done working on being healthy so enjoy the journey as much as you do the holidays.  For those of you that have lost friends and family this year I know that the holidays can be a tough time.  Hang in there , I’ll be thinking of you.     Until after Christmas, leave a little stuffing for Santa.   Dr. E

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