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“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”  So said Calvin Coolidge.  And it made me think about Christmas gifts.  I know, I know, it’s a bit late in the day and all that, but truth be told there’s plenty of time for gift giving.  Here’s an idea or two, if you’re a little stuck, or a little overwhelmed, or even if you’re feeling a little sad. For children, the gift of praise. For a parent, or relative, the gift of your time. For a friend or even a stranger, an act of kindness. For a community, lend a hand. For our world, a prayer for peace. For yourself, the gift of love. Christmas is love in action, the time when people show their true selves,…

I want some of this vitality, some of this joy of living, some of this perfect ability to live in the moment.  Not that I don’t love life, not that I’m not happy.  I am…in spades.  I know I’m blessed.  But this level of loving life is filled with jubilation and exuberance at a level I barely remember.  I want to savour every moment of it on their behalf, lest they forget. Road trip. Looking for Father Christmas. Not too sure where he is though. Don’t worry L.J I’ll get you there even if I have to drive to the North Pole. Found him, and all is well.  He promised to turn up at our house with my Lalaloopsy Tree House and a real flying helicopter for OJ. Okay kids, let’s get home and have a giant piece of gingerbread.  Gluten free for me please.  Oh what the heck I’ll…

I’ve been listening to Christmas music whilst decking the halls, making villages, hanging ornaments on the tree.  You know…getting…and staying in the spirit through song.  It’s the vibration of the music that works for me. Putting Christmas Carols on one side for a moment…and I really do love them…the challenge for me is listening to the same old songs ad infinitum. So I’ve decided to mix it up for those of you who, like me, like something a little different.  Here’s an oldie but goodie from jolly old England: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7lKKNrXUJg What do you think?  Thumbs up or down? Encourage each other. Elle.

I love America.  I love the small Florida town where we live.  I love the hospitality of the American people, especially to those of us from other lands.  I love small town events that lift my spirits. I love my life. If I sound happy, it’s because I AM. Last night my Darling One and some friends went to The 38th Annual Singing Christmas tree here in small town USA. But first we went here, where we had a delicious dinner.  Gluten free for me and my gluten, and then some, on my D.O’s plate.  I’m so jealous…the chocolate mousse looked good enough…well to eat.   Used Hipstamatic to create a little atmosphere. What do you think? And then… The Singing Christmas Tree. The first time I saw this I was bowled over…I’d never seen anything like it before.  And I found it totally lovely.  Lovely to enough to attend…

When I’m out and about running errands I’ve been to know to stop for a quick ‘cuppa’ and a chance to reflect on where I’m heading next.  Inevitably I overhear conversations…and sometimes they’re interesting enough for me to sit up and take notice.  Okay, okay…I’m being nosy.  In my defence it’s generally because people are talking loudly enough for me to hear, so it can’t be a secret.  Right? This is actually a photo of tea at the Savoy… I didn’t really stop for tea there…I might have done if it were here in Florida, although, being completely honest, as of course I always am, the champagne might be the real attraction. In the little coffee shop where I actually was yesterday I happen to hear…solely by chance you understand…two people discussing what they ‘hated’ about the holiday season and…well what they hated about everything.  What a downer…if I’d listened…

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