Sharing holiday cheer with loved ones

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Over the past week, several of us got the chance to visit with friends and family.
If you were as lucky as I, you got to see many of your loved ones and even enjoy a meal or two in their presence.
Busy work schedules typically hinder people’s ability to spend as much time with friends and family as they would like. Time away from loved ones is a stressor that should be avoided if at all possible.
One of the worst things that can happen during the holidays is losing a loved one.
Traffic accidents are heaviest during the holidays. Outside of Thanksgiving Day, which just passed, the two holidays with some of the most traffic accidents are coming up at the end of the month, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
With alcohol consumption being a major factor, especially during New Year’s Day, it would be easy to cut down on that risk by employing a designated driver, or calling a cab. There is at least one cab company in the area. Sure, it may not be cheap, but the extra expense will be a wise investment in lieu of the thousands of dollars in fines, lost income and possible jail time incurred because of a DUI, or the negative effects of an accident with injuries. Each time someone drives drunk, they run the risk of either causing the death of another, or being the victim. The same goes with distracted driving.
As I sat conversing with my friends and family over the holiday, I thought about how lucky I am to have such a great group of people to call “family.”
Loss is hard. Several of my clan members have passed on, one due to a car accident. For anyone who has lost a loved one, do your best to focus on the positive aspects of life.
And also, be sure to drive safely this holiday season.

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