Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holiday! Happy Day!

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Enjoy your day, family, friends!

RG

If You’re Reading This . . .

. . .then the Mayans were wrong. Honestly, there’s probably another stone page to that calendar that hasn’t been unearthed yet.

Okay, be honest. How many of you were going around yesterday with the words to ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It‘ stuck in your heads? I’ll raise my hand first and only because it was kinda fun to do so.

All this end of the world stuff and recent tragedies got me to thinking . . .

Then, the other day, a friend posted on Facebook that she was consoling her son because he was upset he couldn’t make a snow angel before school. I posted back that there would be more snow after school.

But afterward I had change of heart . . .

What does it hurt to let a child make a snow angel before school?

Yes, he might get a little wet. Yes, there may be a time issue. But, he’ll dry and I’m betting a teacher would understand a few minutes of time for such a beautiful act.

If your children (within reason) want to finger paint naked, slide down the stairs in their sleeping bags, dance on the coffee table, make snow angels before school, or snow men, or snow forts–let them. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow or the next day, etc. Support your children’s dreams (again, within reason), listen to them, let them fall, because they will, and be there to pick them up. If your kids want singing lessons, or art supplies, or dance lessons instead of sporting equipment, let them and vice versa.

Let them shine!

Because, even though the end of the world didn’t happen on 12/21/12, you don’t know when the world as you know it might.

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For the people in Newtown, CT, at Columbine, the Aurora theatre, Virginia Tech, and so on, I’m sure it felt like the end of their world.

Keep a special place in your hearts for those who have lost loved ones (that would be about everyone) this Holiday Season. Hug and kiss your kids even if they think it’s mushy.

Have a Merry/Happy Christmas and a bright and prosperous New Year!

RG

Matthew 24:36

Songs of the Season

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Recently I’ve seen several posts, tweets, etc. regarding what your favorite Christmas song is. There are thousands. Songs, versions, artists, and so on. I have a friend that has well over a thousand on a playlist that she starts listening to in November and doesn’t stop until New Year’s Day.

The one song that I’ve seen repeatedly is Silent Night.

It’s a great song, one that most people associate with Christmas. It’s on almost every Christmas album, CD, playlist, school program, and church program. While it’s an old favorite, it’s not my favorite. I’ll tell you why.

Who says the night was silent? Bethlehem was teeming with people at that time. It was a crowded, noisy, dusty town. People were there for a census to be taken. Everyone that was born of the house of David (a lot of people). Also, and I believe this to be correct, it was the time of the Jewish festival of Sukkoth. Big celebration going on.

All was not calm and all was not quiet.

And, if you are a Christian and believe that Christ the Savior was born in a manger, can you imagine the cacophony of beasts in that vicinity?

So, here are my favorites.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.  I’m sure some people were merry ’cause festival, remember? I think some of them were dismayed over the census because Caesar Augustus was going to tax them based on the numbers. I know it was written in the 19th century, but this stuff goes on today, has gone on in the past, and will go on ad nauseam.

Oh, Holy Night.  Just sayin’ and, it has a great range for those of us that like to exercise our vocal chords. It also tells it like it is, or was as the case may be (and according to your beliefs).

Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel. This one isn’t just a Christmas fav. It could be a Hanukah song as well. It can also be a year round carol/hymn as well. I love the melody, words, and sentiment.

I’m not bashing Silent Night. It will always be an old standard and it is a beautiful song. My opinion is just that, mine. You don’t have to agree with me or like what I have to say. These are the songs I feel are more appropriate for me.

What is your favorite(s)? Do you have a reason that you like it/them? I’d love to hear from you.

RG

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Two Cups of Coffee with No Food

I’ve done this a few times in the last week.

Wondered why my body felt as if it was fuzzy or teeming with electricity.

Then that heel of the hand to the head duh moment occurs.

I had two cups of strong coffee and didn’t eat a thing.

So, when I look up from my laptop and the job applications that I’ve been sending out and see that it’s two in the afternoon, I’ve looked at all the job boards have offered for the day, and I’m shaking from malnourished brain cells, running on caffeine fumes, I shouldn’t be surprised.

It’s also December. Not really my favorite month, but I do like the holiday that it was bequeathed with. What I don’t like about it is the commercial, coma inducing, frenzied shopping that goes on. I avoid malls and other retail establishments, if I can, in normal months and on normal days. Even going to Panera Bread, at SW Plaza Mall, for my critique group borders on insanity to me. Just goes to show how masochistic I’ve become in my pursuit of writing.

This year, I’m not yet in the spirit of things. For one, we haven’t had that much snow. Even in the mountains. That is not a good thing in Colorado. A few days ago, it was like September in the weather department. What’s with that?

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Seeing lights go up on the houses has helped a bit, ours are up too. Maybe if I decorate inside, it’ll be more festive. However, I like seeing a bit of snow around this time of year. I feel a little bit like Bing Crosby and entourage in White Christmas, when they get to Vermont and there’s no snow on the ground.

Anyway, I’m going to make the best of things, avoid people crushing mall crowds, ignore all the ads TV and internet, and concentrate on what the season is supposed to be about. Love.
Love your families, even if they try your patience sometimes. Life is too short not to. Love your fellow man/woman/child. I know this is a hard thing to do, but believe me, a little act of random kindness goes a long way.
Okay, that’s my caffeine induced, ramble.
If I want to drink coffee and not eat anything until after two in the afternoon, that’s my issue, right? (Just don’t tell my daughter. I just lectured her on how she needs to eat and not skip meals).Love and peace to you this Christmas season.RG

‘Tis the Season!

I believe in Christmas!

One of my favorite Christmas carols is ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.’ The message of comfort and joy is what I wish for everyone in this season of giving and love. I know there are those who celebrate this season differently, but the message is universal. Love one another.
I ask that God blesses each and every one of you now and in the New Year. 
Merry Christmas!
Robin

The nativity story and the miracle of it, the supernatural awesomeness of it are what I believe. It’s the story of the ultimate gift. Everything else pales in comparison and it doesn’t stop at a celebrated birth. 

The Little Things

Little, random things make me happy. Sometimes they even restore my faith in humanity or at least make what’s rude in the world a little less so.

What triggered me to write this, is a random act of kindness. I sat in the drive through of Starbuck’s Wednesday morning, ready to pull up, give the barista the gift card I’d received two days prior, and grab my order, only to be told that the lady in the van ahead of me had paid for my breakfast. We both exclaimed at how generous and kind that was as she handed me my scone and coffee.

I hadn’t recognized the van, and I couldn’t see the drivers face, so I have no idea if I knew the person, or if it was a total stranger. Did the season prompt her to do this? Could she see the stress and distraction on my face? Was it simply a kindness that she felt compelled to do?

None of this matters. What does, is the fact that there are still people in this world who perform random acts of kindness. This person, whether I know her or not, can be sure that I will pay her act forward at the first opportunity. I believe in this philosophy and wish that more people would.

Thank you, whoever you are. I pray you are blessed for your generous spirit. Your simple gift made my day and boosted my outlook. The warmth of this act stayed with me that day and will for some time.

My wish for everyone today, this Christmas season, and all year is that you experience this phenomenon at least once, either as a recipient or as the benefactor. Either way, it makes the soul sing.

Warmest regards – Robin

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