Christmas Cards and Gingerbread Men

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I know… I know… I should have been writing out Christmas cards, signing them all with little swirly letters, almost my signature language, or wrapping gifts, catching up on phone calls or even taking up the hem on a dress. But, no… I reached my hand into the drawer where all the movies are secreted and pulled out “Pay it Forward.” Oh! We all know how it ends, oh so poorly, with Haley Joel Osment dying in the end, but, it is the premise of the movie that I find irresistible.

Pay it Forward

The world can seem like an inhospitable, intimidating place, yet we all want safety, health, and happiness for our loved ones and ourselves. How can one ordinary person… you or me… make a positive difference in this world? One way is the practice of “paying it forward” While the steps might be simple, the outcome could change the world. Do it today. Do something for someone you don’t know, or you don’t know well. If the person wants to repay you for your kindness, tell them to do something for three people that they don’t know… You got it. The idea is to consciously increase the goodness of the world. Little by little. They even have a Pay It Forward Day and a Pay it Forward Foundation. Honest. But, why wait? What better day to start than today? You can read about the Foundation here.

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Magic, lights, and glitter spilling onto my thoughts— at The Wigle's House. What is your favorite part of Christmas the raises it up and starts it spinning? For me, it is the magic, the transformation. So beautiful to see all of our worlds through different eyes. I have gotten to see Christmas around the world and it leaves me breathless. It is amazing, different and yet so much the same.

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And truth be told, it is the anticipation of things to come. How this season of joy works miracles the soul.

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It's not the baubles, glitter or sparkles that light up my tree; it's the homemade love that was made just for me. Each and every single one has a memory or a story attached to it. I reach out and touch one, warming me up, right down to my toes. Have a fabulous day — Under the Christmas Tree

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It's the moments for me. Snippets. A hot steaming cup of love, dressed as coffee. That is what met me this morning. It couldn't have been any more perfect, nor more perfectly made. I'm grateful to have people like this in my life. Giving from the heart usually doesn't cost a cent, but, you usually cannot put a price on all that love anyway. Give of yourself. I don't need things. I just need to be loved or appreciated or shared with. It is not like I don't enjoy a well-placed gift. I recieve with great joy too, but not because it's Christmas, but, because you saw something that reminded you of me, or you secretly knew I wanted it - or something. Some people wait all year to give and do it with such grand gestures. While impressive, I personally prefer the smaller things that mean a lot. I am embarrassed by the thought of someone spending great amounts of money just to show me they like me or appreciate me or because it is Christmas. Not to say I am ungrateful, just feel bad that you feel you need to spend big amounts of money. I like warm hugs on a cold night. Just saying.

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I just couldn't resist this #Catsnap for @manorvillemike. Believe me, the cat couldn't believe I made him put it on for a picture. There will be no "ho ho ho" in this house 'til I ditch those antlers and collar.

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As always, there must be a flower. I dedicate this picture to #MondayRed #ColorChallenge by @Kalemandra who colors my world every single day.

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I dedicate this post to all of you. You bring joy to my soul and spread your love across the world. For this, I thank you. And just like that, these musings are done...and just so you know, although we are throwing glitter around the globe, I can guarantee you that there is still a little left to take us through Christmas. Have a most fabulous day!

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I 💖 you. Oh, yes I do. The Season of Joy. I've said it a hundred times already, but, each time I say it, it's true. Oh, Christmas, you do it every time!



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We Are The World

There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on
Pretending day-by-day
That someone, somewhere soon make a change
We're all a part of God's great big family
And the truth, you know, love is all we need
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives

It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me
Oh, send them your heart
So they know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
And so we all must lend a helping hand

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving
Oh, there's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me

When you're down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe there's no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well let us realize
Oh, that a change can only come
When we stand together as one, yeah, yeah, yeah

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me


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Fantastic read. If we all just pay it forward a little there wouldn't be so much need. I love to reminisce over the years Christmas things. So many memories. Love the kitty photo.

Hehehe! Me too! Christmas is one of the most special times of year!

The kitty always looked like that when he is dressed up.

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This is season is really joy for every human .wish you spending happy time like this season. Happy Christmas 😊❤

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Thank you so much! I wish the same for you! Have a wonderful week ahead~

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LOL! That poor kitty. I do the same to my dog.

You know, you are right in that it seems odd that we wait until one time of the year to begin to do nice things for people, strangers included, when we really should be doing it year round. I think it shows how caught up we get in every day life and, sometimes, just trying to make it through each day. But, we do have this time every year to remind us of what is important, and to bring out all the shiney's and old hand-made decorations that never fail to bring smiles to our faces.

Beautiful decorations! And very nice sentiments.

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Hehe... Well, it is just too hard to resist. :)

I do love my ornaments, but, honestly, it has been a collection in the making since I was a kid. The handmade ones, of course, the kids. :) It just wouldn't be a tree without a little handmade love. I honestly try to slow down and see what is going on around me, especially on the streets and shelter (I volunteer one evening a week at a shelter, sometimes breakfast time, but, they are kind enough to be flexible for my schedule from hell)

Anyway... that was a mouthful and hihi. More than one needs to know or want to know, am I right? LOL Anyway, I have found them to be the most interesting of people, their stories as varied as they are familiar. So, slow down, you move to fast and inhale the magic around you. But, look who I am talking to? Santa Claus incarnate. Pfft.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello and leaving your words behind.

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Bendecido dia para usted amiga,veo que su escrito lo hizo desde el fondo de su corazon,una reflexion muy linda,la comparto porque asi debemos ser !os seres humanos,multiplicarnos en bondad hacia el projimo,me caracterizo por eso aunque no tengo como para eso por la crisis fuerte que vivo pero lo hago y Dios nunca me ha fallado,hoy publique algo que me trae a su escrito,gracias por tener similitud en algo con usted,saludos

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Such beautiful images and I do love the concept of Payit forward and I try to do something regularly in that vain but its bene at least. Week or two since I have so I herby commit to go out of my way and make sure I do today

Awesomeness, JJ! I feel guilt if I don't get to also! :)

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