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Dad’s Christmas Legacy To Me

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My Dad loved Christmas and his love for the holidays colored my childhood and has stayed with me.  He would put up the Christmas tree complete with twinkling white lights and play Christmas music throughout the holiday season and beyond.  Many times the artificial tree would stay up past little Christmas (January 6th) simply because it brought him peace and joy.

Our childhood home was full of nostalgia – precious ornaments from his childhood that he’d inherited from his parents.  Our stockings were hung by the fireplace of his childhood home where we also grew up, filled with many of his family heirlooms.  The manger we had was his parents’ and the old train which circled the tree was his childhood treasure.

I remember him sitting quietly in the living room with the only lights on being those on the tree and Christmas music playing on the stereo.  In that serenity he would relax into a calm that was enticing and I find myself often during the Christmas season doing exactly the same.  There’s something about Christmas that brings gratitude to the surface, brings magic to the air and healing to those who seek peace.

I remember his father’s favorite song was Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas which as a child, I learned to play on the piano.  My Dad would pass by as I was practicing sometimes and request it and of course, I would play it for him.  While I didn’t understand why he wanted me to play his father’s favorite carol and not his own, as an adult and a parent and missing my deceased Dad, I understand.

Christmas can be full of hustle and bustle and sometimes fraught with family plans that keep us busier than we’d like.  My remedy is simply to carve out some special quiet time to feed your soul with the goodness of love.  Hold your loved ones close.  Remember those who have passed.  Be grateful for all that you have.  Enjoy the magic of little ones and Santa, but remember the blessings that His birth has given to us.  Lift your voice to sing those carols and hymns.  Find your childhood nostalgia and feel the blessings.  Look around at those whom you encounter and smile.  Share the kindness in your heart.  Embrace those that may not have family nearby.  Open your homes and hearts.  Love finds a way to heal us all when we allow it.  Angels are everywhere – just keep looking!

May you find peace, healing, joy and hope during the Christmas season this year.  May you take the needed time to relax and to sit quietly watching the twinkling lights with a heart full of the magic of this special season.  May you find comfort in nostalgia and strolling down memory lane.  May you find the stars shine brighter for you in the night sky, twinkling their messages of love to you and yours.

May you keep your heartlights shining for all to see!

Shine On!

xo

 

 

Autumn Winds

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Autumn winds are beginning to blow here and the seasons are changing.  It’s dark and dreary outside with grey, rainy weather.  As I sit quietly in the house, I can hear the winds howling outside and through the fireplace in my family room.

At first, I questioned the noise as I haven’t previously had a real fireplace in my home.  But as the cats and I listened intently, I realized what the noise was.  You know how it is when you live in a new home.  Every season comes with nuances that are particular to that home.  The farm house has a bunch of them!  Also because I heard that the home wasn’t inhabited for a bit, I guess we are both getting used to each other.

I believe that places have energy too and I have done my best to inhabit this dwelling with love and kindness in my heart.  In turn, I think she (dare I pin a gender on a home?) is welcoming me too – even going so far as to keep me safe (see the post here).  Because it was the propane tank which smelled, urging me to call the gas company when there was no sign of a gas leak in the home and yet there were 3!  I feel like I was saved by the home.  Does that sound crazy?  Because really, there’s a comfort in that thought for me – although I will say that I think the Divine had a lot to do with it as well!

All I know is that it’s getting time to put the heat on as it’s slowly getting chilly here although sweatshirts and socks have done a fine job in the mornings.  (We don’t wear shoes in our home).  But soon it will be sweater weather!  I’m hoping that even though we have a fireplace which doesn’t seem to work, the heat will be enough to keep us warm.

And for the record, this morning, when I walked out to the family room, I noticed the battery operated candle behind the fireplace screen was lit.  There are two of them there and they are those remote controlled ones.  The right one was lit, the left one not.  I did not click the remote, nor was it moved.  I tried to turn the candle off via the remote, but it didn’t work.  The remote still worked with the other candle, but not this one, so I ended up manually turning it off.  But how in the world it was lit, I’ll never know.  Just another quirk to this house.

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Candle lit by magic?

As I look out the windows to the farm across the street, I excitedly imagine how the snow will blow and cover the fields.  I think about all the shoveling I will be doing (ugh) and how I will miss my old neighborhood where we all took care of each other.  Out here, I have only met the neighbors briefly and have yet to meet the farmer.  But I have watched his big black and white dog (looks like an Australian shepherd) joyfully run across the now barren fields.  One of these days I want to play with that dog!  Did I ever mention how even though I am a cat owner, I LOVE big dogs?

I hope you have a lovely hump day…gosh I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday!

Shine On!

xo

 

 

 

What Do You Believe? The Gnomist

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This morning, the video below came to me via a friend and I had to pass it along to you.  It’s 17 minutes long and well-worth watching as the story line spans so many different lives, healings and wraps the art of kindness into a magical forest.  Fairies, forest and gnomes all rejoice!

For it’s December First ~ Repeat after me…Rabbit Rabbit ~ Today begins the magic, snow on our blogs, a festive spirit in the air ~ Here’s to hoping we continue it throughout the year!  Love to you all!

Shine On!

xo

Daily Prompt with a Twist

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A Heavenly Place

Today’s daily prompt said:  “Ode to a Playground…A place from your past or childhood, one that you’re fond of, is destroyed.  Write it a memorial,” and today I’m asking for a bit of leniency from you as I answer the question.  You see, last night, my son had a dream that was so vivid to him and it immediately brought me back to my childhood, so I wanted to share it with you.

I’ve been to Heaven.  There, I’ve said it and now those of you who want to can click away…and those who want to stay, please understand that I am opening up to this playground of my past for you.  No, I haven’t died before (although I’ve had a few close calls in my lifetime), but I have experienced Heaven which to me, is a playground of my past.

As a child, I was intuitive and I believe that as children, we are receptive to many energies which surround us but as we grow older, we tend to lose sight of them and stop connecting with them for those imaginings are not thought of as grown up…and yet the funny part I think is after we are grown up, we long to dream again, to open up to possibilities in our lives and we are reminded to stop and smell the roses.  Do you know what I mean?

For you see, I dreamed of Heaven and that dream, although it happened more than 25 years ago, is still as vivid to me as if I had dreamt it last night.  To me it was comforting to feel so at home in a place where I have not been in this lifetime except through dreams.  In fact, I have dreamt of the same house many times in the last 25 years and each time, there are people in the house with whom I speak or share a smile and they can see me ~ except they are all people who have already passed in my lifetime.

Ok, have I lost any of you yet?  Or are you still with me?

I guess what I am trying to say is that I believe that when we close the door to our playground of childhood, we destroy our dreams.  We destroy the ability to create our lives in the way in which our higher selves function.  The key is to not stop believing ~ to not stop the feeling of possibility ~ to continue to hold onto that playground of Heaven where love encompasses our every moment.

Imagine a world where we all kept that love alive in our hearts!

Shine On!

xo

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Got Christmas Spirit for me?

8354_It’s December 2nd and I’m having a tough time getting into the holiday spirit this year which is so very unlike me!  I am the gal who begins decorating the minute we leave my inlaws house after Thanksgiving dinner!  My enthusiasm begins immediately as I scurry to the basement to begin to bring up all of the holiday paraphernalia ~ an old Santa hat on my head, dancing around, singing off-key Christmas tunes by myself, in utter glee that my favorite season has finally begun!  My family is used to me doing this and the boys/hubby just laugh because they know my joy knows no bounds when it comes to Christmas.

For I STILL BELIEVE!

But this year, it’s different and I’m not sure the reason for it…but I will say, that I don’t like it!  Perhaps it’s the sadness that envelopes my family occasionally, knowing that this will be our first Christmas without my Dad.  Perhaps it’s having endured 3 surgeries thus far this year and in anticipation of my next one on December 10th ~ knowing that I’ll be laid up until almost Christmas Eve.  Perhaps it’s because our church now sings these new holiday songs which nobody knows and not the tried and true beautiful hymns of my memories during Advent.  Perhaps it’s the overload of dealing with the mountains of paperwork and extra responsibility required of me as Executor to Dad’s estate and now taking care of Mom’s affairs as well.  Perhaps it’s just me.

I guess it’s another lesson in my life ~ getting a glimpse into the world of those who don’t carry the Christmas Spirit in their hearts.  For whatever reason, there are people who don’t find the twinkling of lights, the generosity of spirit and the beauty of a loving heart contagious.  It’s not about religion either, as for me, I embrace the holiday spirit no matter if you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or any other Holiday as long as you do it with a sprinkling of the Spirit of Love!

I’m trying to conjure up my usual enthusiasm…

I’ve watched a few Christmas specials on tv ~ ELF, Eloise at Christmastime (I’m her in my head as a child, but not in reality!), and even put the dvd of Polar Express on!  I’ve got my favorite Fresh Balsam candle burning to make my house smell like my favorite live Christmas tree (which always puts me in the mood).  I’ve had Christmas Carols playing on the radio, I’ve put out a few of the elves and Christmas red and greens, but my spirits haven’t come up yet.

This situation plagues me as even when I was diagnosed with cancer, I still had the Christmas Spirit ~ and I was diagnosed on New Year’s Eve, having endured a biopsy which I was assured wasn’t cancer on December 26th, right after I hosted our entire family to Christmas dinner…which I remember, I LOVED because it was our whole family together, smiling, laughing and exchanging thoughtful gifts.  It’s the magic in Christmas which I adore…the magic of giving, of receiving and of actually feeling the love in the air!  It’s Holiday Spirit ~ when everyone is on their good behavior so that Santa doesn’t think you are naughty!

I’m usually the one who enjoys helping you ~ but perhaps you can help me today. 

Surely I’ll find my holiday spirit soon, but in the meantime, please tell me about yours! 

Like Auntie Mame, I need a little Christmas now…

Shine On and Enjoy!

xoxo

Hop, Skip and Jump for Joy!

While we try to teach our children all about life,

Our children teach us what life is all about. Angela Schwindt

When was the last time you laughed aloud with abandon?  Can you remember when you simply enjoyed an hour without worrying about anything?  When did you last do something simply for the fun of it ~ whether it be throw caution to the wind and get the big size milkshake that you’ve been craving (yes, I adore ice cream!) or fall down in a pile of leaves just for the silliness of it?  Do you recall the last time you spontaneously hugged someone?  Or yelled at the top of your lungs with joy?

Have you ever watched children in a playground (not in that stalker way of course)?  They enjoy life ~ they throw back their heads in joyous abandon and whoop it up to the skies!  They passionately play, using their imaginations to slay dragons and bad guys ~  they are fairy princesses with the ability to wave magic wands and turn jungle gyms into castles ~ and best of all, everyone around them is their friend.

Somehow as adults, we lose a bit of that child within us ~ bills, worries, jobs, responsibilities all seem to overtake our daily lives and at times, we forget the simplicity of life which children enjoy.  The joy of imagination, the possibility of anything and everything, the idea that rainbows with pots of gold at the end actually exist seem to fade as the years pass.  That old saying, “youth is wasted on the young” comes to mind and yet, I don’t believe it.  “You are as young as you feel” supersedes it and I feel a renewed sense of peace.

Now some of us may not have had the best of childhoods, but I don’t believe that should make any difference.  Anyone can enjoy that happiness now.  It’s a choice because you are older now and you are able to choose how you look at life around you.  You can imagine slaying the dragons of negativity in your life with your imaginary sword or waving your magic wand and turning those rocks into diamonds with a flick of your wrist and few well-placed “abracadabras”.  It’s all available to you once you shrug off the adulthood filter that you’ve been hiding behind for so long.

So today your challenge is to renew the child within ~ fearlessly let out that joy that’s bubbling under the surface, take an hour to relax and just be without worries, own those sandy toes which are wiggling on the beach in your mind until you can actually get there…

Being a responsible adult doesn’t mean you have to be serious all the time and lose your childlike wonder…take a moment when you can and look up ~ spot a cloud and imagine what it looks like to you ~ you’ll be glad you did when you realize that once you tap into that joy, you will EN-JOY your day all the more!

So Cheers to Choosing Childhood Joys!

Ready to sip that milkshake, sitting on the beach, looking up at the sky and giggling with me?

I’ll meet you there in 30 minutes!

Ready, Set, GO!

xo