Happy Holidays

I hope you have been having a great day. I always ponder on the holidays for a variety of reasons. Yesterday, I attempted to share some of my favorite memories but was unable to–so I am attempting again.

My favorite holiday memories are not traditional. I am off to an orphan/community party today and look forward to seeing my neighbors. But I have a few memories that continue to pop up and make me smile and remember what this time of year is really about.

Many years ago, I was driving a long 12 hours to spend the holiday with family. A friend spent hours making me a tape to listen to on the trip. The tape was filled with traditional holiday songs and I still remember how her labor made the trip a special one–and how it made me feel valued and loved.

Another friend, at another time, was an antique fan. In one of her searches she obtained an unusual tin from England. I made a big fuss over it at the time–and eight months later when she handed me a present on Christmas–I instantly knew it was the tin. I still have the tin (and the memory) some twenty plus years later.

During my “dark night of the soul” period (just after I lost everything and was starting over) my friend began sobbing after I gave her a framed picture of me with a lion cub. When I asked her why she cried, she said, “This is a gift of the heart–I know you are unable to give and this means the world to me.”

Gifts of the heart. Making a difference. Letting people know how you care. That is what this time of year conjures for me.

Over the past couple of years I got to shop for disadvantaged kids and the elderly. It made me very happy to pick up items they had on their lists. I didn’t mind the insanity of shopping (those of you who know how I hate shopping–close your mouths). It made me happy in a very different way. The guy that goes around town during the winter annoymously clearing drives for the elderly knows this. (Yes, I know who he is and I am NOT telling.)

These efforts have impact because they represent heartfelt actions. I enjoy when people value my friendship enough to pay attention to what might bring me joy. Holidays can be a mixed bag of joy and heartache–and this one is no exception.

However, I am sure this year may also get lodged in the long term memory. Two elves from different locations made sure I’d have a nice Christmas.

Earlier this week a package arrived–“Do Not Open Until Christmas…Your Stocking Enclosed.” I laughed as my mail service people stressed that I follow the rules.

So, early this morning the little girl in me giggled as I opened over a dozen individually wrapped tidbits of joy lodged inside the cardboard boxed stocking. Santa even sent me a note saying that I have been a really good girl this year!

Yesterday, on the local scene, another elf showed up with a very big Santa bag. This elf was aware of my dilema. {Many of you know that my computer hit the dirt last week and that the finances are not the best at the moment.} Anyway, inside this big bag was a laptop and all the bells and whistles to go with it. I have to do some updates and clearing but what a God sent gift!

Anyway, I hope you all remember the true spirit of this holiday season. Me, I am truly blessed and am off to the lodge to eat, drink and be merry with other Fawnskin folk.

Simple actions from the heart and helpful elves have made this holiday a good one for me and I hope you will share your good stories, too.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to you–and may God bless you and bring you a Happy New Year.

GG



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