My grandfather advised his children to take apprenticeships and to learn what they don't teach -- in other words, do the job they ask, but also learn what makes the business run. There's a lot to learn when you chose to look up from what's filling your time.
It's good advice. My problem is that so much is left untaught, and most of it is garbage. How do I find the right lessons from competing messages?
We decorated the Christmas tree tonight. It was a lot of fun. I love some of our ornaments, and the re-discovery of old favorites is so much of the joy. My daughter is six and she has just begun to recognize the continuity of the holidays and is busy try to enjoy the memories.