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The Front Porch View-December 2018

The Front Porch View December, 2018 ISSUE


An Attitude of Gratitude – Final Take


Rounding out 2018 with a third and final month on gratitude.  In previous months I shared thoughts on choices, choosing a grateful heart, and making a positive difference in situations within our control.  This reflection brings to mind Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, understanding the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future were also about choices.

In choosing a grateful heart I am reminded of how my past has shaped my present, good, bad and otherwise. It is important to recognize we are who we are, we are where we are, because of our life experiences, but more importantly due to our choices. It is in our present we can (and should) reflect on those experiences and choices and use them to influence our future.  The past is just that…and if there are things from it we don’t like, those ghosts don’t need to travel with us into the future. If there are parts of it we love and want to relive, we can revel in the memories and will them forward into the present. Bring them forward not with a resentful heart because they are no more, but with feelings of gratitude because of having experienced them to begin with. Yes, we always have a choice. Choose wisely because your future depends on it.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with wonderful memories and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!



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As the winter weather continues to chill us, make sure your home is up to the task. Take a look a the link below to make sure.

18 Ways You’re Accidentally Wasting Energy




If you haven’t already done so, the time to begin decorating our homes is upon us. Take a look at the information below for a few ideas on getting your home ready for the holidays.

70 DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Joyful Holiday Home

Our 75+ Favorite Handmade Holiday Decorating Ideas

Holiday Decorating Ideas




The holidays will be here before we know it, check out the ideas below to make your holiday unforgettable.

14 Fun Family Traditions to Start Today

40 Easy, Elegant Recipes For Christmas Dinner 

50+ Christmas Food Ideas You Need to Add to Your Holiday Menu

25 Fun Christmas Games and Activities For Kids One to 92




Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

Ocean City Winterfest of Lights-through December 31st

Visit With Santa & Friends at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg-various dates in December, beginning December 8th

Holiday Town Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides-various dates in December, beginning December 8th

BSO Presents Cirque Nutcracker-December 14-16th

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens at the Majestic Theater-various dates in December & January, beginning December 14th

Santa House in Taneytown-various dates in December, beginning December 15th




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