Have You Counted Your Holiday Blessings? (Part One)

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Have you done so this holiday?  Blessings come in SO many forms and dressings.  I urge you to take a sheet of paper and number your joys.  Here is a sampling of mine:

1.  I had to miss my seven year-old grandson Daniel’s first piano recital earlier this week.  (I was SO frustrated.)  Tonight at my family’s early Christmas dinner, I walked in the door and daughter Amy had arranged for Daniel to dress back up in his Calvin Klein suit and play Jingle Bells (as he did at the recital).  It melted my heart.

 

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(Okay, I’m not sure about the sunglasses either.)

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(Absolute grandfather joy.)

Here’s Daniel at the actual recital:

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2.  The ability to smell Christmas.

3.  Enjoying the power of silly.

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4.  Hosting a Holiday and Hot Toddy Chili Party Saturday night.

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What fun!

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Good buddies Ellie, Jamie and Brennan.

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I read “A Cup of Christmas Tea” to the twenty-something guests–and asked them to think about a person important in their upbringing to toast at the end of the story.  I urge you to do the same.  Who encouraged you along your way?

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“Let’s raise a cup of Christmas cheer, to family and loved ones far and near.”

So take a few moments, and with Bing, count your blessings:

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5.  Tree shadows on a wall during a walk the other night.

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What are a few of your Holiday Blessings?  Come on, share a few.

 

Sunday Quote (12/21/14)

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Whose heart doth hold the Christmas glow
Hath little need of Mistletoe;
Who bears a smiling grace of mien
Need waste no time on wreaths of green;
Whose lips have words of comfort spread
Needs not the holly-berries red—
His very presence scatters wide
The spirit of the Christmastide.

– John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), “The Christmas Spirit”

More Savannah Christmas Beauty

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This morning, I walked again around Savannah’s historic district near me, looking for Christmas.  I saw the holiday over and over again.  Here’s a sampling of what I discovered:

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(Holiday packages, even!)

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Isn’t this December?

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Do you see the little fellow?

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Just sit and enjoy the beauty.

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I did, for a while today.

 

 

Happy Hanukkah

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This evening at sundown marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, which is celebrated for eight days, ending December 24 this year. Hanukkah means “dedication,” and each day, as one of nine candles is lit, people remember the miracle of the lamp that lasted for eight days.

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Did you know that it’s customary for U.S. presidents to issue Hanukkah messages.  Here’s this year’s from Pres. Obama:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2014/12/16/obama-annual-hanukkah-message-2014/20494051/

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Another informative link: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102911/jewish/What-Is-Hanukkah.htm

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Let us rejoice on our diversity!

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 12/12/14

Joyful Friday This Day!  Five reasons (for me) why:

1.  Mulled apple cider.

2.  Hiding the Christmas elf, at Target.  I’ve done it A LOT at the grandkids’ house, but saw it Thursday at Target and couldn’t resist.  First, here I am with the elf.

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And then the hiding.

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(BTW, the purpose of all of that was to entertain the grandies.)

3.  Greening.  I LOVE the tradition in Historic District Savannah of Greening the Squares for the holidays.  We have 22 beautiful squares downtown, and the city provides spruce and cedar, along with red ribbon.  On the first weekend in December, the residents of each ward come together to decorate their square.  We Washington Square folks gathered at 2:00 this past Sunday.  Here are a few pictures from the fun.

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4.  Lighted Christmas cars.

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(At Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade on River Street last weekend.)

5.  The incredible ability to read.

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Sing a song of Holiday Joy this weekend!