December 2011 Editor’s Letter: The Joy Of The Holiday Season

Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. From the feel good songs, the spiked egg nog and the beautiful decorations; it’s difficult not to think happy thoughts when thinking of the holiday season.

One of my fondest memories of the holiday season takes place when I was a youngster. I don’t recall how old I was so let’s just say I was 8 years old. It was Christmas Eve or Christmas Eve-Eve and I distinctly recall breaking out into tears.

One thing you must understand is that as a child, the thought of being disciplined by my parents sent me into a crying frenzy. Sometimes my crying frenzies saved me from being on the receiving end of a spanking or a drawn out discussion about my behavior. Other times it did nothing but make things worse for me.

As a big sister (my brother is 1 year and 8 months younger than I am), I experienced a lot of things before my younger brother did. I do have an older brother but he’s 7 years older than I am so we didn’t hang out a lot as children. Plus he took on more of a paternal role in my life.

This particular Christmas, one of my classmates had the nerve to inform me that there was no such thing as Santa Claus. Not only did they break this very disappointing news to me, but they also provided proof; proof that even I could not ignore. So it was official, “Santa Claus was not real!”

I can see myself going back and forth with the decision to tell my younger brother about the news that I had discovered and when I finally decided to tell him, he immediately told my parents what I had conveyed to him. Needless to say, my parents did not take too kindly to me stealing my brothers Christmas joy from him so I got in trouble. I didn’t get in trouble for lying, I got in trouble for ruining someone else’s Christmas, I was what you would call a “Christmas Spirit Thief”.

Although the true meaning of Christmas does not revolve around St. Nick, this was the part of the holiday season that my younger brother anticipated the most.

To this day, I’ve made an effort to add joy to the lives of others instead of stealing joy so it is with great pleasure that I share with you the fun treats and features that we have lined up for the month of December.

Each week during the month of December we will unveil a new Feature to you every Thursday starting an interview with MTV’s breakout star Chelsea Settles conducted by our East Coast Beauty Editor, Nina Taylor.

To find out what other exciting features we have planned for you this month, Click Here.

I must end by saying this year has been amazing and we have the readers, supporters and believers to thank for this. I loved 2011 but I am anticipating everything that 2012 has to offer.

Forever Grateful,

Stephanie Penn & The Team!

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