December 15, 2004

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December 15, 2004

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~~~    In This Issue    ~~~

* From the Editor – friendly places
* It’s the Little Things – handmade
* Contest – stockings
* Tip of the Week – how old is that tree?
* Romantic Resources – get closer
* Who is Michael Webb?
* Removal/Change of Address Instructions

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~~~    From the Editor      ~~~

Many have asked me about how we were treated in Istanbul on our recent
trip there (presumably since it is 98% Muslim and close to the Middle
East where the media portrays everyone as hating Americans).  We have
been to nearly 40 countries and I believe that this is the friendliest
place we have been to date.  The Turkish people greeted us warmly and
they especially adored our children.  Complete strangers would cross
the street just to come over and say hello to our kids.  It didnt
matter if they were old or young, male or female, they all loved
little children.

Have a friendly week.  — Michael

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~~~   It’s the Little Things   ~~~

A handmade ornament instead of a store-bought one for your sweetheart.

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~~~  Contest     ~~~

There was a great response to last weeks contest on *Christmas
Ornaments*.  I have posted 26 of the exceptional stories/ideas that
were submitted.  I have chosen *Going Nuts with Ornaments* to win the
weekly contest.  You can read it and the other inspiring ornament
ideas at:
http://theromantic.com/stories/christmasornaments/main.htm

Since the ideas were of such good quality I thought I would follow up
this week with a contest on *Christmas Stockings*.  Please share a
romantic, unique or creative idea or a heart-warming tradition using
Christmas Stockings.

Even if you think your idea isn’t worthy of a prize, please share it
anyway as it might bring a lot of joy to many people.

We must receive your entry by Monday to be eligible.

TheRomantic.com’s ever growing PRIZE VAULT is filled with books,
several board games including Romantic Sensations, An Enchanting
Evening and others, CDs, dance lessons and other fun stuff at

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~~~    Tip of the Week    ~~~

MEMORY TREE
by Anonymous
http://theromantic.com/

My husband and I married 35 years ago while in college and at a
college for less fortunate kids to boot.  Suffice to say we were
extremely limited as to funds.  With Christmas approaching we were
determined to have a tree.  We went out to the college forest, just
happened on the ranger, and explained that we really wanted a tree.
Was there any sick or damaged tree that we could cut?  Love his heart!
He took us out to a great stand of young pines and said pick any as
long as it was just one.  He even had a saw and helped us.  (We had
brought a kitchen knife!) We joyfully picked about a seven foot tree,
not thinking of needing more decorations.  We cut back on groceries to
buy one set of lights, glitter, and red and green yarn.  I sliced
toilet paper tubes and wrapped the slices in yarn.  Glittered pine
cones that we picked up on campus.  Blew out eggs that I was going to
cook and glittered the shells.  We made a paper chain out of colored
paper already on hand.

Thirty-five years later, we still have many of those ornaments –
including an egg which I pack more carefully every year!  We do one
twelve foot tree with all the ornaments we have collected over the
years, a great many of which our children made and now our
grandchildren are making.  But every year, as we place on the
ornaments from that first year, we relive and reignite the youthful
love and passion from that first year.  The age showing on the
ornaments reminds us again of how much we have to be thankful for for
these many wonderful years together.

For more creative Christmas ornament ideas on my site, go to
http://theromantic.com/stories/christmasornaments/main.htm

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~~~     Romantic Resources      ~~~

Draw closer together with 1000 Questions for Couples at
http://www.questionsforcouples.com

Spice up your love life with 500 Lovemaking Tips & Secretshttp://www.500lovemakingtips.com

Learn the 50 Secrets of Blissful Relationships at
http://www.50secrets.com

Discover 300 Creative Dates at  http://www.300creativedates.com

There is A Better Way To Date
http://theromantic.com/abetterway.htm

Read about The Romantic’s Guide to Popping the Question at
http://www.howtoproposemarriage.com

You can purchase Michael Webb’s bestseller, The Romantic’s Guide:
Hundreds of Creative Tips for a Lifetime of Love
, at bookstores
nationwide, Amazon.com or BN.com
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~~~  Who is Michael Webb?     ~~~

He is:
Athena’s loving husband
Father to Ashton and Ireland
Best-selling author
* The Romantic’s Guide: 100s of Creative Tips for a Lifetime of Love
* The Romantic’s Guide to Popping the Question
* 50 Secrets of Blissful Relationships
* 50 More Secrets of Blissful Relationships
* 300 Creative Dates
* 1000 Questions for Couples
* A Better Way to Date
* 500 Lovemaking Tips & Secrets
Founder, National Resurrect Romance Week (second full week in Aug)
Syndicated Columnist, “TheRomantic.com Column”
Romance/Relationship expert on over 500 TV/radio stations
Founder, TheRomantic.com
Founder, Love One Another Foundation


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