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Depending on when your mail carrier was able to deliver this fresh new edition of MailMax, you are either poised to launch your Christmas holiday or perhaps still sitting in the midst of the aftermath of the big event with piles of colorful paper and ribbons strewn about, half-eaten cookies partially consumed by Santa Claus still adorning the plate with the reindeer on it, and a glazed look in your eyes wondering what the heck just happened. Either way, I just wanted to take a moment from the normal routine of the Moody on the Market column to pass along my best wishes for the best that the season has to offer to each and every one of you.<br /> <br /> As we move through the year, racing headlong toward achieving the things we all strive to reach in any given, day, week or month, we too often fail to sit back with a nice fresh cup of coffee and our own thoughts and memories of where we’ve been, where we’re heading next, and where we all would ideally like to go if this were a perfect world.<br /> <br /> I remember the Christmas season as the absolute epitome of all things good about this world. I have my wonderful parents, the late Steve and Rita Moody, to thank for instilling in me and my myriad brothers and sisters the true spirit of the holiday, while also creating absolute magic for the eight of us year after year. We were never a wealthy family by most measures, yet the abundantAnd almost embarrassing array of gifts under the Christmas tree year after year seemed almost to prove otherwise. Beyond the material measures, however, we have always been a family whose love for one another was certainly an extremely wealthy one.<br /> <br /> Whether it was the year that I got the chemistry set that I always admired in the Sears catalog, or the year that we inadvertently placed the mailed package from Grandma Kalinka under the tree only to discover nearly a week later that it contained a seriously spoiled collection of homemade kielbasa that she had labored over for hours, but neglected to mark as “perishable” in dispatching the gift from Grand Rapids to Boyne City, there were new and colorful memories being created year-after-year.<br /> <br /> My sons, Jason and Peter, paid a little too close attention in their formative years when their Grandpa Moody and I would root wildly for the sparse victories of the Detroit Lions, and now, despite the team’s lackluster performance, they are as entrenched as Lions’ fans as anybody could possibly be.<br /> <br /> At least one gift each Christmas is a nobrainer when you can find something new sporting the Lions’ logo for those two hearty souls.<br /> <br /> We sat down last weekend to a wonderful Christmas dinner with Carol’s mom and dad, Hans & Vi Hanke, because Hans was undergoing knee-replacement surgery a couple of days before the big event, and we had a nice time re-living some tales from Germany and their own childhood memories.<br /> <br /> Stories of fresh-cut live evergreens sporting the ubiquitous lighted candles were rich enough to almost evoke the aromas you would expect.<br /> <br /> Carol and Chuck, our little Animal Aid rescue, keep the spirit of the season alive every day of the year with their unconditional love and warm family feelings.<br /> <br /> Carol especially has been a rock for me as I’ve worked through some serious health issues related to my diagnosis of diabetes back in early summer. She has been incredibly supportive, understanding, and helpful as we work to get to the bottom of some muscular pains.<br /> <br /> Now this is beginning to read like one of those sappy Christmas letters that people send out, and that’s the last thing I want this to be seen as…so let me get back on track.<br /> <br /> This has been an exciting and rewarding year in many ways for the business community that I write about here each week in MailMax. As you know, by now, my goal each week is to bring you people, places, businesses and upcoming events that you might otherwise miss out on as you go through the paces of life in your own home and place of business. Despite the global recession and some sizable struggles in the marketplace, the community of Michigan’s Great Southwest has survived quite nicely in many regards. In some sectors, and especially for those willing to put themselves out there when tourists came to town, it was not only a chance to survive, but to thrive as well. Many merchants enjoyed some pretty solid sales performances by being open for business and welcoming to visitors and residents alike. Our continued growth as a true destination attraction thanks to such major projects as Harbor Shores and Silver Beach Make-a-Memory is proving to be worth its weight in gold.<br /> <br /> Continued expansion of the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail…the revitalized return of the glory of Jean Klock Beach… and the hard work of hundreds of small business owners from one end of the region to the other continues to produce heavy traffic by people who used to simply stop for a tank of gas or a bite to eat, but now are spending their entire week’s vacation on our local shores.<br /> <br /> We have all received great gifts over the years in our part of the state in the form of natural amenities like the lake and the dunes, the vineyards and orchards, the rivers and playgrounds where we can all spend great time in awe of Mother Nature when our day’s work is done. Those are the types of things that attracted us all to live here in the first place, and will continue to attract new residents and new business people to our community as time marches forward.<br /> <br /> I am blessed to enjoy not only this weekly forum to share the good news of our business community with you…but also my daily forum on the Moody & Gifford Show on WSJM Radio every Monday through Friday from 6 until 9am. On top of that, I get the added pleasure of working closely with the business community for the balanceOf every day in my role as Executive Vice President of the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. It is invigorating just being that close every day with the people who make their livelihoods out of bringing products, services, ideas and more to the marketplace.<br /> <br /> Every day is Christmas day when you can help advance the cause of our hardworking merchants, professionals, manufacturers, service providers, non-profit organizations and beyond.<br /> <br /> By many a measure, it has been tough sledding for the state of Michigan for quite some time now…but as Tim Allen’s outstanding narration in the Pure Michigan campaign continually reminds us on even the national stage, we are truly a one of a kind place to live, work and play. Please don’t ever forget that, no matter how tough it is to swallow some of the ideas and concepts that emerge from Lansing. We have the power and the people to continue to make this great state what we want it to be…we just have to be persistent and keep the faith. Fight for what is right, and always hold your head high. We’ve been a shining star for years, and we just need to get back to work on polishing some of the rust away and getting things running correctly again.<br /> <br /> I cannot stress enough the importance of always at least taking the time to determine if your hard-earned money isn’t best spent right here on the home front. No matter how glitzy and special that far off excitement might seem, the best money is typically spent with your friends and neighbors who sponsor your kids’ sports teams, give them summer jobs and more.<br /> <br /> It has been repeatedly proven that eighty percent of all new jobs come from businesses that employ fewer than twenty people. That’s the grass roots in action. That’s why you will always read about new mom and pop shops here in Moody on the Market. That’s why you will always learn about great milestones being achieved by even the smallest of business owners among us right here in MailMax. That’s the very core of what this venture is all about.<br /> <br /> If at any time you think that I have missed a great story, perhaps it has been hidden under the proverbial bushel-basket. Help me to bring it to light, and we’ll give credit where credit is due. There are hundreds of great success stories created right here in our own backyard every single day of the year.<br /> <br /> The more we can all do to let everyone know about them, the merrier will be the Christmases of the Future.<br /> <br /> As always, I strongly urge you to consider shopping locally first. There is more here than you know, and you might be pleasantly surprised at the amenities available from the shop just down the street. If they don’t have what you want or need, ask if they can special order it for you. You might be helping yourself and many others who were too shy to ask.<br /> <br /> Finally, as I put a bow on this stack of words intended to inspire you to think again about the many great people, places, animals and things right here in our own home town, please know that I am delighted to be spending my 37th consecutive year on the air and around the town bragging about what a fine place this is to call home. While my seven brothers and sisters are scattered across this nation from Houston to Baltimore, from Port Charlotte to Charlottesville to Boyne City, I know in my heart that I picked the best place to hang my hat, and some day they may discover it, too.<br /> <br /> From Carol and Chuck and me…from my extended families at Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce, MailMax and Midwest Family Broadcasting…from everything that we all stand for every day of our lives…Merry Christmas…and Happy New Year. Thanks for reading, thanks for listening, thanks for sharing and thanks for caring. You are the exclamation point in my life!

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