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December 2012 Publisher Letter

Dear Santa,

You probably don’t hear from magazine publishers very often, as we are usually juggling a million things while trying to be in five places at once. However, this year, I wanted to give you my wish list and share some holiday tips as well.

Although an iPad would be really cool, that can wait. Instead, I’ll share with you my heartfelt wishes and dreams for true and real gifts. They may be grandiose, but I believe they are part of the spirit that can be carried within us all as we move into 2013.

•  That as human beings, we may begin to truly value all people on Earth, honor everyone daily with simple dignity, respect and hope for the future, and teach our children these ways by example.

•  That as citizens of this country and the world, we can put our political and ideological differences aside and work toward lasting economic, spiritual and social healing.

•  That as keepers of the Earth, we may awaken to the realization that every action or inaction has an effect on seven generations ahead, and consciously work toward a healthier and sustainable environment for all creatures.

•  And that as part of the grand web of life, we may more fully honor and respect the beauty in all things and give thanks daily for this wonderful planet Earth that we call our home.

Imagine the snowball effect if everyone were to make a small daily effort in these areas! As these wishes start to manifest, the possibilities are endless.

Santa, I’ve also left you a few copies of December’s issue of Natural Awakenings to enjoy with your almond milk and gluten-free cookies. Please give a copy to Mrs. Claus, as we know she’ll enjoy our Conscious Eating section, which includes lots of yummy recipes for healthy holiday home-baked treats. Pass your copy along to the elves in your North Pole workshop. We think they’ll want to read our feature article about co-creation, cooperation and collaboration, and the reasons that
we’re better when we work together.

One final thought for you, Santa. If while making your rounds this year, you find you’re missing a few gifts for all the good girls and boys, please be sure to visit our Natural Awakenings advertisers and distributors. They’ll help you find the kind of Earth-friendly, love-touched gifts that good dreams are made of.

Wishing you a peaceful, magical holiday season and a world of happiness in 2013,

Gabi Buchnik Milwaukee Publisher

Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

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