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12 Days of Gracious Living

Day 9: The Spirit of The Gift

by Mindy Lockard on December 19, 2009

Selecting a gift takes thought, time, and really good listening skills. We don’’t give gifts because of what we like; we give because the recipient will like it. Taking time to know your recipient’s likes, dislikes, and needs and being sensitive to what they enjoy will help you choose a winning gift. Everyone has small […]


Day 8: Shopping Manners

by Mindy Lockard on December 18, 2009

From the November 2008 issue of Out and About If life were a musical—and I wish it were—what song would we be singing as we make our way up the crowded aisles during the holiday season? Would it be “Silver Bells” with “busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of […]


Day 7: Holiday Tipping

by Mindy Lockard on December 17, 2009

Let’s take a journey much like the one taken in the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life when an angel is sent to show George Bailey, a kindhearted but despairing businessman, what the world would be like if he had never existed. Rather than looking at how the world would be different if we never […]


Q&A Wednesday: Holiday Gift Registries

by Mindy Lockard on December 16, 2009

Question:  I’ve heard about Holiday Gift registires and wondering if I should register?! Answer:  I am not necessarily an advocate of Holiday Gift registries!  However, I do understand that there are times when they are helpful.  So, if you are planning to register, here are a few Gracious Living suggestions to keep in mind… What […]


Take to the Table Tuesday: Cooking with Ina & Jen

by Mindy Lockard on December 14, 2009

Perhaps you are looking for a new recipe for your Holiday dinner, or just needing the perfect entree for a quiet dinner for two.  Look no further, Ina by way of Jen, has a game plan for you! My dear friend Jen, (you may remember her from this or this) was hosting a small dinner […]

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