Monthly Archives: December 2011
Remember those cartoons where some long hair hippie would be carrying a sign that read: The end is near.
Well now it is…. the end of 2011 that is. And the end of this holiday season.
I work in “The City” - in San Francisco and I expect that soon the Christmas decorations will start coming down. For most places it’ll be as early as this weekend. So for the next two days I will walk through the city really appreciating all the wonderful lights before they are gone. I’ll miss all the fancies. The wreaths and trees that smelled so fresh and good a few short weeks ago. The bright lights and shinny blubs that sparkle so merry. The special holiday touches that seem to grace every shop window and office lobby. Yes, I’ll miss the fancies.
But before they go, before the work ladders go up and the lights come down, before we return to ‘normal’ – I’ll be grateful. I’ll be grateful that every year we break out the fancies to create the merry and bright. I’ll be grateful that for a few dear if perhaps short weeks each year we embrace the Spirit of Christmas. I’ll be grateful, that as a country we celebrate giving and receiving. (BTW, I’m Not talking about the buying of gifts.) I’m talking about the giving and receiving of love. That’s the true Spirit of Christmas.
I won’t be sad it’s over, I’ll be grateful that every year, it comes again. And so, as we approach the new year of 2012;
May your days always be merry and bright and may your whole year be filled with light.
Happy New Year – celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music.
Enjoy always, T
The holidays are a great time to celebrate all the love and support we have in our lives, not just now, but all year long. Personally, I think we’re fortunate to have this special holiday time where we actually look back at the old year and forward to the new and celebrate all the good in our lives and the world. I’ve received a lot of love and support this past year and had more than a few magical moments along the way. I am blessed.
Life is a grand cause for celebration. Holidays just naturally create an atmosphere for creative connections.
I think it is human nature to celebrate our holidays with good times, and that usually means a party, which can be anything from an over-the-top elaborate dinner to just meeting for coffee to chit-chat. Think of all the movies that have been made about romantic connections durning the holidays.
When you look back over 2011, what stands out for you? Any highs to celebrate or lows that you conqured, which is also cause to celebrate. Here are just a few of mine.
I got my first book, Return In Time, published. That has been a grand experience.
I went to Scotland for two weeks on vacation. That was a long time goal and I can check that off my bucket list.
My children are happy, healthy and well. I am so pleased that my daughter and son were able to take a trip to South America.
I belive that when we keep our eyes and our hearts open, life sends us the most delicious adventures. And sometimes, if we’re lucky and the stars are aligned, we meet that certain someone who makes our toes to curl.
Aren’t we lucky that life gives us so many reasons to celebrate! It’s time to look forward but it’s also a good time to look back. Tell me some of your highlights from 2011. I hope it’s been grand and that you….
Enjoy always, T
Remember when you learned your ABCs and 123s? And now you know how to read and spell and balance your checkbook (okay, some of us are still having problems with that one).
Remember when you learned about history and politics? And now you know how the world works, and sometime even understand!
Remember when you learned how to drive a car, and the open road became your friend? And now you know about stop signs and speed limits and how to follow the traffic laws – or not.
Remember when you learned about Love, and a time when you felt loved, really loved (from mom, dad, sister, brother, friend, lover, or whatever, you name it)? And now you know you are loveable.
But maybe sometimes we forget. Or life seems to suck that feeling right out of us. But I’m here to remind you – you are loved. There is always a higher power that walks beside you and loves you. So….in case you forgot in all the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season….let me remind you – you are loved.
What if you knew?
Enjoy always, T
Perhaps you remember a Christmas when you got that one special gift. The one you really wanted. The one that made waking up on Christmas morning seem all so magical, because you knew Santa had heard your special wish and made it come true. We had a Christmas like that when my daughter Kelsey was three years old.
Kelsey had one special wish for Christmas that year. All she wanted was a My Size Barbie ™.
The Mattel toy company had come out with a life size Barbie doll that stood about three feet tall and came with a variety of physical characteristics. If you were lucky you could find one that looked very much like the little girl who would receive it. You could choose the color of the skin, hair and eyes from the many dolls available. A life size playmate for little girls, and they could even wear the beautiful princess gowns that came with the doll.
This one special doll was the only thing my daughter Kelsey wanted for Christmas, and her dad and I wanted very much to fill the wish of our darling daughter, so we went to the local toy stores to check out the life-size Barbie dolls.
The dolls were quite lovely. Some had blond hair and blue eyes, some had black hair and dark eyes and there were ones like Kelsey with long brown hair and soft brown eyes. But these very special dolls did not come cheap. Besides being ten times bigger than a regular doll they cost ten times more.
Kelsey’s dad and I wanted very much to fill her Christmas wish, but we could not reasonably afford such an expensive doll. It wasn’t that we couldn’t afford to buy any Christmas presents for our children, but being the practical parents that we were, such an expensive doll was beyond our budget. We picked out a very nice, but smaller (much smaller) doll as our gift for Kelsey. We were well aware it wouldn’t be the one special doll that she was wishing for, but we hoped it would still be enjoyed.
The days passed quickly with so much to do; decorating the house with lights, pick out a tree to decorate with all the special ornaments collected over the years, lots of Christmas shopping, and of course lots of time with family and friends. As Christmas drew closer and closer I really began to fear the disappointment that awaited Kelsey on Christmas morning.
Soon it was Christmas Eve. I was home alone getting the house ready for the big family celebration planned for Christmas day. My husband had taken Kelsey and her brother on one last shopping trip and to see the holiday lights and decorations of Christmas.
That’s when I got the phone call; on Christmas Eve, when Kelsey wasn’t home.
It was Robin, our neighbor from across the street. She asked me to please come over; she had something to show me. She didn’t want to tell me why, she just asked me to come on over.
When I got there she took me to the back bedroom and there on the bed sat a My Size Barbie doll dressed in a pretty pale blue princess gown. It had long brown hair and soft brown eyes just like Kelsey. “Surly you know someone who would just love to receive this one special doll,” she said.
Tears come to my eyes as Robin explained how she wanted to give the doll to Kelsey. She only asked that the gift not come from her, it was to be a gift from Santa, just as Kelsey had wished.
Here it was Christmas Eve and at the end of the work day Robin had been given the doll by her boss at Mattel. Robin had worked on designing these dolls and her boss wanted to give her one of the dolls to take home. Somehow she had heard that Kelsey had asked Santa for a My Size Barbie doll, her one and only request. She also knew that my husband and I could not afford such an expensive gift. The way she saw it, the Great Spirit of Christmas had heard Kelsey’s wish and had another plan. Santa, the true Spirit of Christmas that he is, had worked his holiday magic through his special elves to bring Kelsey her one Christmas wish, for all toy makers everywhere are Santa’s elves.
On Christmas morning, Kelsey ran to the living room. Her face glowed and her eyes lit up, for there standing proud in front of the tree was her very own My Size Barbie doll.
Santa had come and filled Kelsey’s wish.
And he also gave a very special gift to me. I had always thought it was up to me to be Santa for my children, but that year I learned there is a far greater power than even the love of parents and I shall always believe in Santa and the very powerful Spirit of Christmas.
May your Christmas be Merry and Bright and may you Enjoy Always, T
Ho, Ho, Ho, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas season.
On Sunday I was finally able to put up some Christmas decorations. It took me four hours. Maybe I work slow.
I put up some lights, a few knick-knacks and at least nine nativity sets. I have purchased some of the nativity sets and some have been given to me. Regardless, I have more than enough and am putting an official cap on the collection, unless someone gives me another that I just can’t refuse. But other than that, no more.
I also have a collection of Santas. I didn’t set them all out. I don’t have enough table space for them all. Same goes for the collection of Christmas houses that I have. I don’t really have that many, they just take up a lot of space, too much space. I once knew a woman whose collection of Christmas villages took up her whole house at Christmas time. Every flat space of every room was covered with them and they often set up new tables to handle the additional load. She started setting them up before Thanksgiving. It looked great, like a magical wonderland instead of someone’s home, but I want my house to still look like my house even though we’re celebrating the holidays.
I have my Christmas stockings hung by the chimney with care, having rearranged them at least three times to get the look I wanted, and I’ve set out my Christmas candles.
I have NOT written any Christmas cards. And I don’t expect I will. To all my friends and family, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May you have a grand New Year. (There, consider that done!!)
I still don’t have a tree. I’m waiting for my kids to come home and help with that task.
However, I have set out the three foot tall pre-decorated pink flamingo tree. That’s been up since Thanksgiving. All I had to do was pull it out of storage and set it near my fireplace. That’s in place, but I won’t be putting any presents under it. That reminds me, I need to set up the two foot tall pink flamingo neon light! What was I thinking? It’s not a holiday in my house without plenty of pink flamingos.
Oh, and Christmas shopping? I haven’t even begun. Hey kids, what gift card would you like this year? Keep it simple, right! I think that will be my New Year’s resolution and I’m starting early.
Keep smiling and Enjoy always, T