Editor's Note

<p>Our vision of the holidays doesn't always match up to reality. We can dream of sugarplums all night long, but the glaring truth is this: The holidays are a perfect storm for family "bad behavior" to burst out (and I'm not talking about <em>kids</em>!). Without naming names, my holiday plans were derailed because of one family member. Nothing new here. But this time I refuse to hop on that crazy train and am staying home.</p> <p> &emsp;&emsp;And this could be a sad thing &hellip; not being with family during the holidays. But sometimes the proverbial window opens: Immediately after canceling my plans, a text arrived with new plans with three wonderful friends to drive to Canada for the weekend. And you can bet that these plans will be FUN (and drama-free). </p> <p> &emsp;&emsp;We all expect to get along, to be cheerful and generous during this season. Still, whether you deal with family dysfunction or loneliness or something else, the holidays can often seem a reason to grieve than to celebrate. </p> <p> &emsp;&emsp;But I have another idea. One that I plan to implement this season. How about the holidays, YOUR WAY? How about stop trying to please everyone else and give <em>yourself</em> a gift this year?</p> <p> &emsp;&emsp;That gift may involve just yourself: A walk in a quiet snow-filled woods, buying a lovely journal to record your daily gratitude, or simply sitting with your favorite cup of tea and watching the birds in your feeder.</p> <p> &emsp;&emsp;That gift to yourself may also involve others: Hosting a party for those who are new to the community, making lunch for people who have to work on Christmas or New Year's Eve, making cookies for a nursing home. Ideas for giving back are limited only by your imagination. </p> <p> &emsp;&emsp;And, for heaven's sake, let's give ourselves the gift of less stress and forgo the craziness of the mall and keep your holiday shopping local (see starting page 36 for ideas). I'm sure one of these charming stores has a lump of coal or two for that unnamed family member who deserves it.</p> <p> &emsp;&emsp;Here's to a calm, blessed, peaceful, drama-less holiday season. &mdash; Marcia Passos-Duffy</p> <p> </p> <p>MASTHEAD</p> <p>&ldquo;T&rdquo; LOGO</p> <p>ISSUE #50: November/December 2019</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>PUBLISHER</strong></p> <p>Keene Publishing Corporation</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>EDITORIAL</strong></p> <p>Editor: Marcia Passos-Duffy</p> <p>Contributing Writers: Andrea Farnsworth, Michael Ferreira, Sarah Heffron, Peg Lopata, Paige Lindell, Caroline Tremblay, Eric Stanway</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>CONTRIBUTING ARTIST</strong></p> <p>Tim Campbell</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>PHOTOGRAPHERS</strong></p> <p>Kelly Fletcher, Rob Fountain, Beth Pelton</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>ADVERTISING SALES</strong></p> <p>Douglas Anderson, 603-352-1236</p> <p>danderson@monadnocktable.com</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>WEB DESIGN:</strong></p> <p>Jessica Garcia</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>CIRCULATION</strong></p> <p>Kelvin Parker</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>DELIVERY</strong></p> <p>If you would like to have Monadnock Table delivered to your business, please contact the circulation department at 603-283-0797.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>CONTACT US</strong></p> <p>Mail: P.O. Box 546, Keene, N.H. 03431</p> <p>Telephone: 603-352-1234</p> <p>Web: www.monadnocktable.com</p> <p>Editorial: editor@monadnocktable.com</p> <p>Advertising: danderson@monadnocktable.com</p>