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This year, my grandfather wrote me a letter for my 16th birthday, gifting it to me alongside a couple oranges from his beloved garden. Amid an age bombarded with tweets, texts, and notifications, this real, honest to goodness, made from tree letter was an unusual refresher! As I unfolded the yellow lined paper, unearthing line after line of carefully crafted sentences, I soaked up all of the wisdom my grandpa offered. Here are a few highlights: 

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 Welcome to the local wisdom project ! Here, we’ll be spotlighting seniors’ advice, stories, and memories in micro-blogs, offering practical advice, refreshing knowledge, and sometimes, simply providing a good laugh ! 

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You have the freedom to create your definition of christmas
A memories not material centered christmas
A solace not stress filled christmas
A childlike not skeptical christmas
A wholehearted, not obligated christmas
A grateful, not begrudged christmas
A present not preoccupied christmas.

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Christmas comes every year
And the rush starts the Friday after thanksgiving
Instead of focusing on what we lack
What if we noticed the little things right in front of us
That make this life worth living

Things that money cannot buy
Like laughter, precious memories, music, and cheers.
Even tears and pain have worth.
They make us stronger and bring us closer together.

This year, have yourself a extraordinary christmas.
It doesn’t have to be merry.
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
It should just be present.
And real.

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The holidays
Are a time that
makes our giving side shine

A time when we should be making memories
And flying free from the webs of materialism

It’s the compassion and thoughtful actions
that make christmas beautiful
The macaroni necklaces, happy faces, and handmade ornaments
Worth as much as a diamond jewel

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Life can be a lot like a hamster wheel sometimes. You wake up, go to work/school, come home, work more, sleep and get up again. As you are stuck in the humdrum hurriedness of today, you often feel like you are breathing stagnant air. You do the same thing every day, without thinking. You feel as if you’ve gone on autopilot. Stagnant air.

But then the storms come.

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