Capital Resource Group December 2017

www.CapRe sGrp. com Phone : 479-595-0305 DECEMBER 2017

THE DASH

FROM THE DESK OF Houston

Why “The Dash?”

We call our client engagement process the “Dash,” so we thought it made an appropriate name for our newsletter. Some of you have heard this described in one of our public events or workshops, and some of you may have heard of the concept elsewhere, but regardless of where (or if) you first encountered this idea, the Dash is that line between the two dates on your tombstone. This may seem morbid at first, but once it’s understood that this little line represents all the special moments experienced, relationships nurtured, places visited, values expressed, and faith lived out during all those years between the two dates, it becomes something to really reflect upon — and to plan around. As financial professionals, we view our role as taking financial uncertainty and stress off the table so that each client can fill the time represented by their dash with those things that are most important to them. We hope you enjoy this issue of The Dash and wish you many blessings during this holiday season.

The holidays are full of traditions, and many of these traditions involve making conversation. Depending on who you’re with, conversations can flow like water, or they slosh along like drying cement. If you need a conversation starter for the next office Christmas party, why not consider one of these fun facts? SCARY STORIES USED TO BE A HOLIDAY TRADITION Andy Williams’ popular Christmas song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” lists a number of common holiday activities, like sledding, hosting parties, and spending time with loved ones. It also includes one activity that seems like it belongs in October, not December: scary ghost stories. If you’ve been confused by this lyric in the past, don’t worry; you didn’t mishear the song. While telling ghost stories might not be the exact holiday spirit you’re going for, in Victorian England, gathering the family together for a spooky ghost story was a Christmas tradition. Today, the practice has all but died out, unless you include Charles Dickens’“A Christmas Carol” or Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” COCA-COLA DIDN’T INVENT SANTA, BUT THEY DID POPULARIZE THE IMAGE Every year, this idea circulates as “evidence” of how commercialized the holidays have become. As story goes, Coca-Cola “invented” the image of the round Saint Nick and his red and white suit just to sell more soda in the 1930s. Before this, Santa Claus had no “standard” uniform and often wore suits of blue, white, or green. But after Coke got their hands on him, the suit was red from then on. W ho I nvented S anta C laus ? Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Holiday Traditions

In reality, the image of the jolly toymaker with a stomach like a “bowl full of jelly” dates back to the popular poem, “The Night Before Christmas”written in 1822.

–Houston

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