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Warm Smiles on Frozen Ice

Every city has its own way of celebrating festivals. I always look forward to the Christmas tree on ice rink in Pittsburgh. The entire PPG place comes alive during Christmas. Winter Garden is decorated with Santa of the world and live orchestra. The place holds a special warm family vibe during Christmas. People, dressed in their winter best, skate on the ice with their families. One would see people of all age groups in all colors of sweaters, mufflers and hats. Toddlers would be learning to skate. Their determination to skate is so strong that even after multiple falls on the frozen ice, they stand up and try again. They always have their elders to cheer them. This just reminds one that family support helps one defeat all problems even that caused by freezing cold.

This tradition is followed in the city every year, still it amazes me so much that I go there every year. The warmth of the smiles overcomes the bitterness of the cold. The secret is the presence of family. No matter how cold it is, the warmth of families skating together makes this a sight to behold. The spirit of festival lies in the time one spends with near and dear ones. When we are with our loved ones, the place and surroundings don’t matter, all that matters is the presence of everyone. The belief that there are people to love me, to cheer me even when I fail, is all one needs to be happy. A common question is “What is the best gift?”. I think the answer is to spend quality time without any gadgets buzzing around. So the next time you wonder about doing something special for someone, just spend quality with them.

Wheels to feet

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We often pick up our vehicle keys or hire a cab whenever we need to go out for something. Recently I found that walking to the stores/malls for groceries is a good option. It reduces the boredom of walking daily. Also it helps me complete my chores. Also walking along the road allows me to observe my surroundings. Walking is a great exercise but when you do it with a purpose, it becomes interesting. To make it more interesting change the purpose daily like going for groceries, newspaper, paying bills, etc. I wish if we all walked with a purpose, the pollution on weekends would go down to drastic levels. Also our fitness levels would increase. As a child, I used to love accompanying my mother for her weekly chores. These walks used to be really interesting as we used to meet many people on the way. Also it used to allow us to chat with each other thus easing out the generation gap. It doesn’t take much to move from wheels to feet, does it? Guess what walking definitely helps in improving relationships.