Friday, December 19, 2014

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Yup, it’s that time of the year when I take a break from posting because I will be working for the next six days and coming home each night with only the energy to eat dinner, take a shower, iron my clothes for the next day, and then have a nice glass of red wine. That is unless Shannon drinks all my wine before I get home – the little stinker!

Anyway, I didn’t want a week to go by without wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

This is such a busy time of the year for many of us, that the holiday season seems to fly by so quickly and then it’s over. That’s why I’m trying to take time to enjoy modest moments and savor them; remembering what this holiday is truly about – and it’s really quite simple.

Sharing the love in our hearts.

Christmas always makes me very emotional. In fact, even as I am writing this I’m getting teary-eyed because not only is Christmas a time of great joy, it is also a time of great melancholy; reflecting upon the loved ones in our lives who have passed on and are no longer here. And it can also be a time of stress and strain for those who might be going through challenging experiences right now, such as, financial or serious health issues. I also think about the people who are alone during this holiday and feeling lonely.

At times, Christmas can feel so bittersweet.

So, I ask that you all take a moment during this next week and share the love in your heart with those who might be finding it difficult to feel the joy right now. Simply place your hands over your heart and send them the love that’s there. And I truly believe that they, in turn, will feel that love and be supported. Because love is an energy that can be felt far and wide.
I leave you now with one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. And it is sung by someone who had such a gift for conveying the meaning of the words within a song because she always sang from her heart – Judy Garland.

Pure and simple…

Have a Merry Little Christmas, folks!
X to you and your loved ones.
I'll see you all next week!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas In The CIty

Many people think that because I’m in retail, that by mid-December, I would be so sick and tired of all the Christmas hoohah, but I’m not.

I even had a customer ask me this past weekend if I was OVER Christmas. I said, “No way…I love it!”

In fact, we have Christmas music playing at work right now and I’m always singing and dancing along with it, right in front of the customers. I act like a kid on Christmas CRACK.

I love this holiday because it’s full of sensory delights - the music, the decorations, the lights, and the foods (mainly, sugary sweets). And the Christmas spirit itself.

I had off yesterday, so I spent the entire afternoon outside. I walked over to City Hall, where they just recently opened a new ice skating rink, so that I could surround myself with everyone else who was enjoying Christmas. I grabbed a hot cup of java and a cranberry muffin, and then sat down on a bench and people-watched.

Christmas in the city is very different than experiencing it in the suburbs. And I think that’s because in a city, you’re closely mingling with all the city sights and sounds; not to mention mingling with so many other people. It’s like one massively-collective Christmas experience. You can feel the Christmas spirit all around you. It’s contagious, uplifting, and heartwarming.

I think everyone should at least, once, experience Christmas in a city because it’s such a unique treat.

Please enjoy some sights from my afternoon…

Tiffany's window displays.

A horse-drawn carriage.

Crowed city streets. People, people...everywhere!

Outside cafe tables.

I spotted this adorable and well-dressed elderly couple, walking down the street.

And yes, I even spotted SANTA.
However, he wasn't driving a sleigh with eight reindeer, but rather a very spiffy motorcycle...

He was having his picture taken while talking with everyone...

Here he is zooming past me...

And I heard him exclaim 'ere he drove out of sight..."Happy Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!"

Hope you're enjoying this holiday season, y'all!