Christmastime is full of traditions that have been passed down from one generation to another. Trying to keep up with those traditions can sometimes be very stressful, and I wonder how some of them got started. My mother told me a story when I was a mere lad of 35 about how stress and traditions can affect everyone at Christmas, including Santa himself. The story began on Christmas Eve at the North Pole when all of the elves came down with the flu and there was no one to take their place. Mrs. Claus told Santa that her mother was coming to visit for a month. Santa then went out to harness the reindeer and discovered that three of them were pregnant and the rest had jumped the fence. He began to load the sleigh when one of the floorboards cracked and toys scattered everywhere. Frustrated, Santa went into the house for a few glasses of eggnog, when he dropped the bottle and it shattered into a hundred pieces. He went to the closet to get a broom and found that mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom. Just then, the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door and yanked it open, to find a Little Angel standing there with a Christmas tree. The Little Angel said very cheerfully, “Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful Christmas tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?” And thus began the tradition of the Little Angel on top of the Christmas tree. Few people know about this, but I do and now so do you. Thanks, Mom.

Speaking of traditions, the beautiful Columbian Home is decorated in spectacular fashion. The tree is trimmed in its traditional Victorian style, the lights are bright, and the Little Angel is on top smiling, just waiting for you to visit for some stress-free fun, food, and drinks. Remember when you consume adult beverages that alcohol doesn’t solve problems, but come to think of it, neither does milk. So, if you are going to enjoy a cocktail, do so responsibly and do so at the beautiful Columbian Home where the price is right and the atmosphere simply gorgeous. Don’t forget to visit our wonderful website as well – – to keep abreast of all our upcoming events.

I hope you and your families have a very healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year. I will keep you all in my prayers.