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Another Year Of Celebration

Christmas in the post-War United States

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Today is a two-year anniversary for my husband and me.  A very personal anniversary for us that started with an ordinary day – a much-needed phone call and participation in a wedding  – and ended up with a great loss, confusion  and many questions.

Time and distance has put new perspective on many things – including that day.  But sadly, not even the marriage that Greg performed on that fateful day – has lasted. It’s almost like the whole day was fated to just be  ‘one of those days’.

But memories linger anyway – and help us fill in the blanks where we are left to wonder – and left to fill  in the empty silent spots.  This can be dangerous – and not very accurate as I’ve recently found out – but sometimes – this is all we can do.  It is better to take the ‘no harm – no blame’ philosophy – rather than point fingers.  And there’s something about this season of the year – and the cold weather that reminds me once again.

And as the Grinch says to Cindy Lou Who in “The Grinch” – as they are speeding recklessly down the hill, ‘Even if we’re HORRIBLY mangled – there will be NO sad faces at Christmas‘.

And so that is exactly how we feel.  barely escaping being ‘horribly mangled‘ – we have gone on – dealt with loss and misunderstanding – and purposed to be our own people and have our own say in things – even when it was not popular to do so.  We’ve kept our unique perspective – and worked it out – our way.  And we won’t apologize for that.   And the way we look at it now after 2 years is this:   No harm done – lesson learned – and another year to celebrate God‘s goodness, protection and provision in our lives.

And so – here’s to another year of celebration.  We wave goodbye once again to the past, fear, ignorance and denial.  And we warmly embrace goodness, love, forgiveness and truth.

Happy Anniversary to us.  We made it. ♥

God Bless

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Holiday Eating Tips (via Weatherstone’s Blog)

So HILARIOUS – I was sipping coffee while reading this and almost spit it out and made a mess on my computer monitor – Oh yeah – it’s FUNNY!! Enjoy!

Holiday Eating Tips 1.  Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately… Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls. 2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It’s rare. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or … Read More

via Weatherstone’s Blog

Is Santa A Woman? Makes Sense To Me!

A&P, COFFEE, SANTA CLAUS

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I found this cute article and had to share it with you!

 

I THINK SANTA CLAUS IS A WOMAN

I hate to be the one to defy sacred myth, but I believe he’s a she. Think about it. Christmas is a big, organized, warm, fuzzy, nurturing social deal, and I have a tough time believing a guy could possibly pull it all off!
For starters, the vast majority of men don’t even think about selecting gifts until Christmas Eve. It’s as if they are all frozen in some kind of Ebenezerian Time Warp until 3 p.m. on Dec. 24th, when they — with amazing calm — call other errant men and plan for a last-minute shopping spree.
Once at the mall, they always seem surprised to find only Ronco products, socket wrench sets, and mood rings left on the shelves. (You might think this would send them into a fit of panic and guilt, but my husband tells me it’s an enormous relief because it lessens the 11th hour decision-making burden.) On this count alone, I’m convinced Santa is a woman. Surely, if he were a man, everyone in the universe would wake up Christmas morning to find a rotating musical Chia Pet under the tree, still in the bag.
Another problem for a he-Santa would be getting there. First of all, there would be no reindeer because they would all be dead, gutted and strapped on to the rear bumper of the sleigh amid wide-eyed, desperate claims that buck season had been extended. Blitzen’s rack would already be on the way to the taxidermist.
Even if the male Santa DID have reindeer, he’d still have transportation problems because he would inevitably get lost up there in the snow and clouds and then refuse to stop and ask for directions. Add to this the fact that there would be unavoidable delays in the chimney, where the Bob Vila-like Santa would stop to inspect and repoint bricks in the flue. He would also need to check for carbon monoxide fumes in every gas fireplace, and get under every Christmas tree that is crooked to straighten it to a perfectly upright 90-degree angle.

Other reasons why Santa can’t possibly be a man:

  • Men can’t pack a bag.

  • Men would rather be dead than caught wearing red velvet.

  • Men would feel their masculinity is threatened…having to be seen with all those elves.

  • Men don’t answer their mail.

  • Men would refuse to allow their physique to be described even in jest as anything remotely resembling a “bowlful of jelly.”

  • Men aren’t interested in stockings unless somebody’s wearing them.

  • Having to do the Ho Ho Ho thing would seriously inhibit their ability to pick up women.

  • Finally, being responsible for Christmas would require a commitment.

I can buy the fact that other mythical holiday characters are men…

  • Father Time shows up once a year unshaven and looking ominous. Definite guy.

  • Cupid flies around carrying weapons.

  • Uncle Sam is a politician who likes to point fingers.

Any one of these individuals could pass the testosterone screening test.  But not St. Nick. Not a chance.  As long as we have each other, good will, peace on earth, faith and Nat King Cole’s version of “The Christmas Song,” it probably makes little difference what gender Santa is.

I just wish she’d quit dressing like a guy!!!

Author Unknown

 

Have an awesome day!

 

God Bless

 

Please Pass The Green Bean Casserole…

Most people have good memories around this time of year.  It is the time to be ‘thankful’ – to appreciate what God has given us and remember.

However I am very aware of the fact that some people do not have good memories of this time of year, family trouble, death of a loved one, etc.  This holiday as well as Christmas can leave people feeling lonely and sad.

I have mixed feelings when reflecting back over the years.  Most of them are great – but I do remember one that did not have warm fuzzy feelings for me.

Greg and I were recent college graduates – had been married for a couple of years and were new in ministry living in Juneau, Alaska.  We were on staff at the church there and for Thanksgiving that year we were going to go, as a staff, to a kind home of someone in our congregation.  The pastor’s wife was organizing the food and asked a couple of us ladies what we wanted to bring.  Without hesitation I said, ‘I’ll bring the green bean casserole‘ – knowing that dish had been a staple on our table

Green bean casserole

Green Bean Casserole

at Thanksgiving – and a favorite of most everyone.  The pastor’s wife had a look of alarm as she looked at me and said, ‘No one eats that stuff – way too heavy for Thanksgiving – bring a plain vegetable’.  Now I’m sure, looking back – that she did not mean to be mean or rude.  She was a meticulously dressed – sharp tiny lady.  She probably never ate anything fattening her whole life – and she wasn’t about to start at Thanksgiving.  But that comment to me was like a slap in the face.  I was only 22 years old and very impressionable.  Instead of seeing that this was probably a standard in other people’s homes and on their tables for Thanksgiving – she dismissed me as being self-indulgent and having no personal discipline.  By the way I was very skinny in those days (before children) and could eat anything I wanted and never gained a pound.  She made it seem that no one would ever think of bringing anything so ridiculous to a Thanksgiving meal.  And I almost believed her.

Why do I tell you this story?  I tell you because for me – it cast a shadow over Thanksgiving for years to come.  I was somewhat validated every year when I would see that others always had green bean casserole for Thanksgiving too – but the sting of her words has always stayed with me – and I must confess I have had to fight the negative feeling every year since then.

I had never even told my husband before today.  It seemed silly.  So I buried it.  Then sitting around eating breakfast this morning – we were talking about memories of this holiday – and before I knew it – I was telling him of this event – that happened 27 years ago today.  He looked at me dumbfounded.  He had never heard of anything so crazy in his life.  Maybe I should have told him when it happened – not sure if it would have changed anything or any feelings I had – but it might have.  I’m a ‘stuffer’ by nature.  I tend to stuff and bury bad feelings or things that have happened – I am learning to voice them and do the tough work of recalling and dealing with them one by one – but it is difficult for me.

One thing I have learned.  It takes a lot of work to empty ourselves of the voices of the past – especially the negative ones. It takes courage to push past the ridiculous – and forge our own path even while those negative thoughts threaten to dominate us.  And I have learned that there will always be people and things in life and around the holidays to try to steal our joy.  And I refuse to give in.

And there has not been one Thanksgiving where we have not had green bean casserole as a part of our meal.  I make sure I always make it – or have someone else bring it.  I am specific.  It must be the one with the mushroom soup and french fried onions.  This year my own lovely daughter is bringing it – we just can’t have Thanksgiving without it.

I am praying for all of you this season – that if you have a bad memory from the past that you will take action against the negative voices.  That you will push past and do something positive in its place.  Maybe you need to have green bean casserole on your table this year – it always works for  me.  I see it sitting there and I know I have beat this thing.  This dark negative shadow that has been with me for years.  And it makes me smile.

God Bless

First Snow Fall

Snow fall in Bass Lake, California.

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I live in the Pacific Northwest where snow during the holiday season used to be a rare thing.  But in recent years it seems we get snow every year at this time.  As a child growing up in Canada – snow was expected and NOT a treat.  It was really cold from October until well past my birthday in March.  In pictures from my childhood – I can see snow on the ground out the window while celebrating another birthday.

Here in the Northwest we don’t get tired of it – at least at first.  It’s a novel thing and can make you feel just like a kid again.  Especially the first snowfall.

As I am writing this – the snow is falling in a beautiful cascade of different sized crystal flakes – making the street and yard all white and ‘Narnia-like’.  And I can’t stop myself from taking pictures of it – and just staring out the window.  It is truly one of nature’s most AWESOME treats for us to feast our eyes on.

And so with ‘holiday’ music playing on my Pandora radio – I am a very happy girl today – and may not get a whole lot accomplished – but it is VERY understandable – as anyone who lives in the Northwest knows:  It just may not last long – or even be here tomorrow, so we will relish the moment and dream of being a child again – where things like Santa, mistletoe, Christmas trees, surprises, warm crackling fires and hot cocoa were always something fun to look forward to.

And for your listening and viewing pleasure I have added a video of one of my favorite’s from Michael W. Smith‘s first Christmas album entitled, ‘First Snow Fall’.

Enjoy and God Bless!

 

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