Deanna Littell's Charm School


In Editor's Desk on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 pm

PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN. So says the carol. These thoughts are much on our mind this Holiday season. As we speak, our President & charming First Lady went to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize.  Even he, the recipient, demurred a bit & spoke of “the world that ought to be.”  He addressed the paradox of accepting the award for PEACE while escalating a war & acknowledging the acceptance of an award he did not yet deserve.  From there he’s off to Copenhagen to talk of climate change-hopefully not the impossible dream. Speaking of possibility, just because we have frugal fatigue doesn’t mean we aren’t going to celebrate the holiday season. Here are some charming ideas:

  • To remember the world-Mini globes from Crate & Barrel ($6-7)
  • To remember the planet- Let’s get rid of plastic water bottles and buy this wonderful red flask from ($15) Tie on a green ribbon & you can even save gift wrapping.
  • To hope for peace-A silvery peace-sign ornament ($11.99 for six)
  • To remember others in need-At, choose one thing to “skip” a day and donate that money (like for a Starbucks latte) to provide food and water worldwide through the Children’s Health Fund.
  • To remember that a homemade gift sometimes has the most meaning- bake up some cookies, put them in a box or tin and wrap it with a bow. Check out my recipe here.

Here’s to dreaming of a peaceful Christmas and Hanukah. If you’re really stuck for gift ideas, check out my charms at



Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl-to remind us about being nice (Santa will know).

Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin-to remind us that we are...(too big to fail).

The Little Prince-by Antoine de Saint-Exupery to remind us to look at life through a child’s eyes. They are often wiser than adults.

  1. Speaking of charm, check out this essay by a Brit asserting that “the bright secret of life in the United States” is that Americans are indeed, charming.

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