Share Your Magic

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I really love this time of year!

It may sound hokey, but it’s true. I think it’s because there are so many things that happen only during this season: holiday songs, plays, concerts, parades, and decorations everywhere you look. The list goes on and on.

Once December is over, PUFF, it’s all gone. Packed away and not touched again for another year.

I can still remember when I was a little girl, my father and I would watch the original movie: Miracle on 34th Street – every single year – just the two of us. It was a time to feel loved and safe and peaceful. It was a time to laugh and cry all at once. Now when I watch this movie by myself, it’s almost like my father is sitting there right beside me, sharing his love and the magic all over again.

Yes, that’s a good word for it: magic. During this season I can be a child once again. To believe in the magic that surrounds us – all of us. It’s a time to reach out to others and sincerely wish them happiness, to smile from your heart, to believe in kindness.

I know it sounds sappy, but I can’t help it. At this time of year, I look around at all the twinkling lights and the beautiful decorations, and I do believe. I believe in the goodness and joyfulness that surrounds us every day. Sometimes we have to look for it a little harder, but it’s always there. The holidays just make it easier to find.

I sincerely wish you a magical holiday season. No matter what your beliefs are, we can all use a little more magic in our lives. When you find yours, don’t forget to share it with others.

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Who Will Be at Your Table This Year?

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Thanksgiving is just two days away, and as I reflect on the past, I realize that the way I celebrate this holiday has changed over the years.

First, it was all about family. I can still remember the craziness of kids running around the house, my mother trying to get the food on the table while it was still hot and everyone bumping into each other as we tried to help in that tiny kitchen.

As I grew older, I couldn’t always travel home. That’s where my friends came in and they became my new family, all just as loving and sometimes a little more accepting.

Now, this year, I will be celebrating with my husband’s family, learning new traditions and trying to understand the inside jokes. New surroundings, new faces, yet we will still be surrounded by the familiar sharing of love and laughter.

Over the years I have come to realize that no matter who is sitting at the dining room table, this holiday is about being grateful for all that you have right in front of you, to creating new memories and being ready for whatever may come your way.

So, at this time of year, no matter where I may be celebrating, I am eternally grateful for the family and friends who have entered my life. Thankful for those who stayed and those who merely passed through. You are all a huge part of who I am today. And my hope is that I make others feel welcomed into my life, whether it’s a holiday or not.

So, to everyone who is reading this post and to all those you touch, I wish you a sincere Thanksgiving, a heartfelt Friendsgiving and a life filled with all the happiness your heart can hold.

 

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Magical Memories

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It’s that time of year again.  Yep, the holiday season is upon us.  And with all the stress of shopping and decorating and wrapping gifts – I LOVE IT!

Every time I open another box of decorations, it’s like I’ve discovered a new treasure.  I unwrap something I forgot I had, or even better, something that brings back a flood of sweet memories.

What is your favorite holiday memory???

One of my greatest is decorating the Christmas tree.  It seemed like every year we had a different style.  Let’s see – there was the silver aluminum tree with a round light that turned to shine four different colors on it.  Then there was the white flocked tree with huge orange ornaments and an orange light illuminating that one.  But my favorite was the live Christmas tree.  That’s the one we would decorate with tinsel.  My Mom would make us hang each strand of tinsel perfectly until they flowed over and around each branch.  It was beautiful – that is until our dog, Daisy, would crawl behind that tree and knock it over.  Yes, every single year you could count on it.  Everyone screamed as the tree crashed to the ground, ornaments shattering everywhere, and Daisy running to hide under the bed.  Looking back now, it was quite a hoot.

So this year, as I decorate my home, sans a dog, I can’t help but smile at the craziness and laughter that always surrounds this time of year.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

So please, take a moment and tell us about your favorite holiday memory.  I’d love to hear it.

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