Green is where the Heart Is for December 21st, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:00

“He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.” ~Roy L. Smith

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

The fragrance of fresh pine brings to mind many a childhood memory some happy, some sad.  
As I reminisce I recall the time spent with my mother preparing for the holiday by decorating the house, wrapping presents, practicing at church for choir extravaganzas and baking and cooking and creating traditional Ukrainian and Romanian recipes.
Then there was the year when I was 10 and my mother was in the hospital in traction with severe sciatica.  The house was quiet.  
My grandpa and I were doing the best we could for each other but melancholy surrounded us.  Eventually he took  me to the hospital to visit her, which was a bittersweet experience.  I was so happy to see my mother, but the contraption they had her tied up to was heartbreaking.  Hugging my mother that year was the best gift I received.  
For the past 41 years since Randy and I have had our own children, we have always had a real occasion to celebrate.  Some years, when our four children were little, we spent more than we should have and overdid the materialism of the season.  Most of those gifts have long been buried in a landfill and the memory has faded.  
One of the best Christmas’ that our children remember is the year we met their cousins at a condo in a NY ski area.  
That year it was not about the gifts as much as it was about the fun we all shared together.  
Gifts that give much but cost little are the most valuable gifts of all.   Think about giving the gift of your time for example.  
This is the greenest gift of all.  Kids could make certificates and come up with all sorts of odd jobs to give away:  car wash, light breakfast in bed, recycling duties, organizing the pantry, making a video of singing and dancing, sweeping the porch, bathing the dog.
Bottles of wine for neighbors and friends could be replaced with a night out to the movies, or an invitation to your house to play dominos.  Concentrating more on being together and less on buying will create memories long into the future.
This holiday is never a “white Christmas” on the island but it could become a tradition to make it a “green Christmas.”  Buy less, share more.  
Overcome the frustration of not living up to expectations and practice the service of giving from the heart.   Putting a “green heart” under the tree won’t just feel ok….it will feel better.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui.
She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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