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What Matters Most CELEBRATING FAMILY AND THE NEW YEAR
Happy New Year, everyone!
A Yankee swap is similar to a white elephant gift exchange. Each person brings a wrapped, unmarked gift and places it in the designated swapping area. Guests are given numbers as they arrive, and they are able to select and unwrap gifts in that order. Each time someone unwraps a gift, they are given the option to either keep the gift or swap it for another opened gift. Swapping takes place until each gift has been opened, and then the person who opened the first gift is able to either make one last swap or keep what they have. In the end, you take home the gift you hold after the last swap. I couldn’t tell you what I took home that year, but the whole experience was hilarious and a lot of fun. Afterward, we ate an early traditional meal of ziti, ham, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and cookies. At the end of the night, everyone gathered in the living room to share stories, and most of us fell asleep on the floor before anyone had a chance to go home. The Christmas of 1994 reminds me of the good ol’ days when everyone lived close together and it was easy to see each other for the holidays. In the moment, you never consider that the Christmas you are currently celebrating might be the last one where everyone is able to get together. When I think back on those memories, it’s easy to appreciate the times my family can be together, and it goes to show that even though it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, we must always focus on what truly matters most.
OFFICE NEWS First, I want to thank everyone who donated to our Toys for Tots drive. We were able to give over 100 toys to local children in need this Christmas thanks to your support. We look forward to hosting the drive again this year, and we hope to help even more children in need. Currently, we are offering 20 percent off our Move Free and Fit 4 Life programs until April 1. Move Free is our fall prevention and balance program where we focus on improving balance and reinforcing new movement habits before strengthening the entire body. Fit 4 Life is our general fitness program, geared toward correcting and improving specific body mechanics and strengthening correct movement patterns. Both programs are great for individuals looking to focus on health and wellness this year. Please call our office at 732-356-5363 for more information and to register. ON A PERSONAL NOTE As I was enjoying the holiday season with my family, I was reminded of a special time in my life when my entire family was able to celebrate together for Christmas. If I could go back in time and relive one day of my life, it would be the Christmas of 1994, which was the last holiday celebration I had with my grandparents and the entire family. Back then, my family celebrated Christmas at my mom’s house. That year, we hosted my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was a packed house. Since there were so many of us and it would have been impossible to buy everyone a gift without breaking the bank, we held a Yankee swap.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year’s. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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