Readers -- it was been heartwarming and instructive to hear from and talk to you. Happy holidays, one and all.

And let's do this again! - Amy

December 6, 2006 1:34 PM

Dear Amy: I find it's much easier to just let go of my expectations this time of year. I see a lot of people getting their feelings hurt because they expect others to do certain things - when their imaginary dream holiday doesn't happen they are crushed.

I have two small kids, so I just let go and try to see it from their eyes. Everything is magic to a three-year-old. You don't need much to be happy when you think like that!


Dear Jennifer: What a wonderful note to end this fantastic chat on!

Yes, there is a Santa Claus. The big guy in red lives and breathes in every wide-eyed three-year-old.

Don't forget to take time to ice skate and drink cocoa and give your friends and folks an extra squeeze. Give a hand to someone in need. THAT's what it's all about.

December 6, 2006 1:32 PM

Dear Amy: Thank you so much for your ideas! I was considering a donation to charity since this is something they do very regularly (see letter below). I think they'd appreciate it very much.

Have a wonderful holiday! Keep up the fantastic columns!

Need Santa's Helpers

Dear Need: Thank you! Readers like you make me feel like the "Great and Powerful Oz!"

But I'm not. I'm just a middle-aged woman, sitting in a cubicle.

I did a column on Monday suggesting various charities; you can check that in the Trib's archives. But do your own search and find your own -- it's a lot of fun.
December 6, 2006 1:30 PM

Dear Amy: My husband [and I] are at a crossroads as far as Christmas cards. We are expecting a baby very shortly and still have a lot to do to prepare. I feel that I just want to write a simple Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and our signatures. He says we have to write a personal note in the card. It is making me feel guilty, but I don't see it as problem that for this year it is only a standard greeting. What are your thoughts?