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GRAND is happy to announce a new partnership with Annette Petrick of “Consider This with Annette Petrick” a fun and informative radio show.

Each week we will provide a new show with backstory and script. Over 600 Consider This with Annette Petrick shows have been written by Annette and broadcast as daily radio shows.  You may hear a real life story with a message or a punch line.  It may be a lyrical musing about ordinary things that bring happiness or deserve appreciation.

LISTEN HERE to No Tree This Year


It’s one of those difficult sentimental decisions that needs to be made, as we get older.  How much responsibility do we have for maintaining the holiday traditions?  What do we want to retain for our grandchildren – especially if their parents are not continuing the heavy duty celebrations?  When do we dial it back and have a simpler Christmas?

This was the year when I decided that enough was enough.  Grandkids are afar and not planning to visit here, over the holidays.  So I planned to close down the Christmas tree, for the first time.  This story is about that struggle -and who won.

No Tree This Year

consider thisThis year is the first time we are going to have no Christmas tree.

We planned to leave our home up north just before Christmas to spend the winter in Florida. So why bother dragging out all those ornaments and lights and stuff. So much easier this “And I was so proud when the neighbors’ grandkids stopped in and were awed by my holiday magic.”

On the other hand, it IS only once a year.  And we WILL be here for most of December.

Ah shucks, we can do without a tree NEXT year. For this year, bring it on.  Christmas, I am yours!

OK, so I gave in again.  And you know what?  Glad I did.  The house sparkled with that bright, shiny symbol of Christmas hope.  It made me happy.  And I was so proud when the neighbors’ grandkids stopped in and were awed by my holiday magic.  Next year?  Don’t be surprised if the tree wins again.

Lots more stories HERE


Annette and her husband Bill share a home in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  They often winter on Anastasia Island, off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida.

Initially a prize-winning association management professional, Annette later became a consultant, speaker and strategist, working with trade associations and professional societies from Canada to California.

Where To Find Her

Annette Petrick
Consider This Radio Show
P. O. Box 114
Woodstock, VA 22664


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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