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Trans-Continental Christmases Holidays From Maine to Hawaii
I didn’t move to Massachusetts until 1980, so snow wasn’t always part of my holiday experience. I was born in Kentucky and spent most of my childhood across Oklahoma and Kansas. Nor’easters and blizzards may not have been a part of my upbringing, but the cold certainly was. To escape the winter blues, my parents created a very special Christmas tradition during my middle school years. Every year, we’d spend Christmas in Hawaii. It was a magical experience for me, something I looked forward to all year. There’s no way for me to describe it other than saying it was the absolute best. We’d pack up all of our presents along with a one-foot fake Christmas tree and hop on the plane for a tropical holiday. Normally, we’d stay at a condo, and that’s where we’d open our presents. Then we’d head to the beach, put our tree in the sand, and enjoy the holiday as a family. When I got back, I was the only kid in class with a tan. Talk about a Christmas miracle! As I settled in New England and had kids of my own, we ended up running toward the cold rather than away from it. It’s getting harder each year, now that our kids have grown older, but we still try to take a vacation to Maine for the holidays. We stay at a log cabin chalet, and if there’s enough snow on the ground, which is a pretty safe bet, we love to hit the snowmobile trails. I may not leave with a tan, but we all have the chance to get a little color in our faces. PROFESSIONAL PT PATIENTS, ENTER TO WIN! Refer a friend and visit www.grade .us/proptinc to review us for a chance to WIN a $25 Gift Card!
Mostly, I cherish the holidays as a chance to spend a little quiet time with my friends and family. I certainly don’t miss the hectic days of shopping at the mall for last-minute gifts. That said, I don’t think you ever get too old for the holiday spirit. It might even be easier to do it once you don’t have to worry about creating a perfect Christmas. I might be long past the days of sending a list of wishes to Santa, but this year, I did get a gift for the practice that filled me with cheer. The arrival of our Lightforce Class IV deep tissue laser has lit up the office like Times Square. As we’ve started to provide therapy to patients using this incredible device, it’s clear that it’s going to be a gift that keeps on giving. We’ve already been getting great feedback, and I can’t wait for even more patients to try it. Speaking of which, we might have a little information on a laser-themed stocking stuffer promotion inside this newsletter. In closing, I want to wish everyone a happy holidays. I hope you have the chance to spend some time with loved ones and enjoy a few of your holiday favorites. May your cups be full of cocoa and your tree crowded with gifts! I’ll see you in 2018.
– Dr. Stacey Raybuck Schatz
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