Inspired by Faith

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It would seem that, if we’ve got the Christmas spirit, we’re more tolerant of people; we have more patience, with slow salespeople, rude people and even other drivers. Less judgemental and argumentative... We actually wish good things for other people, not just for ourselves.— you know — wishing Peace on Earth, Goodwill to men. Is it too much to ask?

Is it??

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Christmas is coming. I spend countless hours taking packages and adorning them with proper Christmas cheer, the wrapping of silver and gold, glittered in the most beautiful way. A few have taken their rightful place under the tree, but, most are on the way out the door, headed to different places around the globe. I take my time, enjoying these moments, knowing that the biggest challenge it to keep in mind the meaning to it all, and wondering if I am living the best I can.

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Even as a young child, I have always been inspired by faith. It never sleeps, never ends, and is always growing with every instance in our life. For me, it is hard to define faith, but, for ease, let's just say that the dictionary describes faith as “reliance,” or “trust.” May you be inspired by faith and covered by grace in the life you live. May you be blessed beyond measure and share your blessings with others.

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Giving to those that need it most. Wrap it up in a big red bow. How can you not call that Christmas? Celebrating the gift of life, giving the gift of love. Lighting up the room in my heart, then passing the candle.


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Ever so softly, the tones of Christmas hymns float through the house, along with spices warming over the fire, the fusion of wonder, the smells of delightful wafting. room to room. How else can I describe it except that it smells like Christmas.

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Though few Americans still bother with it, the burning of the yule log was at one time one of the most firmly entrenched customs of Christmas. Everything to do with them Fireplace was fraught with ritual — certain formulas had to be followed very carefully lest disaster befalls the household in the upcoming year.

It was unlucky to buy a yule log. Lucky ones were obtained from one's own land or from a neighbor's wood. Often a stump or a root (not necessarily a proper log at all), it was brought home on Christmas Eve and laid in the hearth.

The first step towards lighting the yule log was fetching the carefully-preserved scrap of the previous year's log from under the homeowner's bed. Having done its job of keeping the house safe from fire and lightning since the last festive season, it was now used to light the new log. The new log had to catch fire during the first attempt at lighting it; its failure to do so was a sign of misfortune coming to the family. Such an important duty had to be handled gravely. And clean hands only, please — to attempt to light the log with dirty hands would have been an unforgivable sign of disrespect.

Once lit, the log had to be kept burning for twelve hours. This was not always an easy task, as special caution was given against stirring the embers during the lengthy Christmas Eve supper. The log could not be tended as long as any scrap of the dinner remained on the table, or while anyone was still eating.

As the log burned, people told ghost stories and tales of olden times whilst drinking cider. Shadows cast upon the wall were carefully scrutinized, for it was well known that a "headless" shadow foretold the death of the person casting it within the year. See here.

A much more popular version of the yule log is available to modern society — the "Buche de Noel." Rolled, frosted in chocolate, and decorated to look like a yule log, this sponge cake is served as part of the Christmas Eve meal in France called reveillon, which takes place after midnight Mass - Snopes

There will be a "Peace Log" burning in this house this year, renegade that I am. Peace be with all.

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And just like that, this post is over. From beginning to end, I'll do it again, probably tomorrow. Have an amazing day!

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The gift of love.
The gift of peace.
The gift of happiness.
May all these be yours at Christmas.

May the joy continue to radiate in your lives,
long after the season is gone, gone, gone.
Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Love to all, Denise



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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!

Thank you for visiting my post 💖 Because of you, I come back to post again and again, I am encouraged by you, for the time you take to visit, comment or even upvote. For all of these reasons, I am eternally grateful. Don't ever forget what a wonderful world we live in, people.Some days, it is not as easy to see, how wonderful it really is. Kindness counts. Wherever you go, whatever you do.

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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I love your post Denise, and it has been duly upvoted and resteemed.
I love the history lesson as well, about the "Yule Log"
Merry Christmas
Here is an original I created several years ago
From a photo I took @dswigle
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Wonderful job @jerrytsuseer! Beautiful shot! Did you make Christmas Cards out of these? It looks so peaceful and dreamy with that snow.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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In 2016 when I took the photo and added the words, I went to Office Max and had about 10 physical cards made, then I created text and put it on the reverse side (not an easy task I must say) and then gave out all but one, which I still have.
I am happy you enjoyed my card Denise.
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As the days draw closer to Christmas you see more and more posts about the festive times.
Nice article and have a lovely Christmas 🎄🎄

Thank you! What a kind thing to say! I wish you the most wonderful season! Have a great weekend ahead!

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Hi there thanks for the tip. Hehe I don't get alot of them😊😊

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Yay, you got it posted! What a lovely message to be able to share, as well. I had forgotten all about the tradition of the yule log. I can't say I've ever made the pastry version, either. :) As always, sending some of that spirit right back to you!

Haha! I am so slow to respond!! I do so love this time of year! I cannot believe it, but, as New Englanders, we were fed the yule log tradition, but, a lot of people never heard of it!

The pastry version was my grandmother's specialty. :) I love when you boomerang that spirit right back!! Happy Friday, Katie! It promises to rain this weekend! Boo~ But, that time will be spent doing things I need to get done! :)

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Cold and rainy here today, so might just have to pull out the wrapping paper... Definitely a good way to keep the spirit alive and well! ;)

Haha! I am wrapping and alternating answering #MarketFriday with it. :) It is a great wrapping day!

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Even I was young ,I have always been inspired by faith...good. enjoy your Christmas times.❤😊

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It is a great thing to be inspired by faith! Thank you and I wish a wonderful day also!

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Such a wonderful and interesting post, the Yule Log is a tradition I knew nothing about and found it so interesting thanks for sharing :)

Thank you, as always! The yule log is an interesting tradition that I didn't realize was no longer well known. We grew up with the tradition, so as a New Englander, that makes sense. But, I like the premise of it anyway and now there is that delicious log to eat, unless you are allergic to chocolate! :)

Have a most amazing day!

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Now that I know the real story of the Yule Log, I do like the sound of the tradition and a pity it is not that well know,
The Chocolate Yule logs do look so good I must admit but being allergic to cholate I have never tried one

Have a great weekend

Use buttercream frosting! :)

See there you go always be thoughtful and creative ;)

It's even brown - ish. :)

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Yule Log is something new to me. Interesting!
Hi, Denise. I understand that December is your favorite month and Christmas is for you as Greece is for me. I think all this month you will only write about Christmas. You do very well, I think you are our expert in Christmas and the Christmas tree ornaments are a perfect model for your photos. Photographs that are as beautiful as your prose poems.

Well, I do love December as it makes the world feel special, have or have not is not important in this month.I have gone off topic, but, it is the only month I can post Christmas trees and ornaments, singing carols and being happy for no reason, other than it is the season.

There are many places that I love and feel the same. I have been traveling since I left home, spending months every year somewhere different, we have a huge world out there. I hope to contnue in this vein for a while and perhaps I will find a Greece that I wish to stay. As for now, I love everywhere I have been, some more than others. I will go back down to South America in early February, but only for three weeks. I will go to a few new places and revisit the Panama Canal. It is an amazing piece. :)

Thank you for stopping and saying hello, Dan! I wish you a most wonderful day!

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Peace and love all over : )

Thank you so much! I wish you a most wonderful day!

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I didn't know about the Jule log - Well, I know about the chocolate one 😂

That was a lot of heavy stuff to put on a log and the people involved with lighting it and sitting around the fire. I wonder if people died out of fear of dying if their shadow didn't have a head..

It sounds like a good story! :)

If there is going to be a yule log burning in your house, I hope you actually have a fireplace. LOL !!!!

Even though I've had a jist of what the yule log was, I had never read the details behind it that I can remember.

I've never lived in a house with a fireplace before, isn't that sad? I've always loved them and sitting around them in family and friend's houses. They had not only warmth, but made the atmosphere so "cozy".

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