Merry Christmas to all of our friends, family and co-workers. May the spirit of the season stay in your heart always. God bless us, everyone!
We hope that 2015 brings you the best of everything you and your family desire.
Our favorite activity on December 24th is to serve potato bacon soup in bread bowls for dinner along with tamales. This is a blend of both cultures we adore! Christmas carols are in English, Spanish, Hawaiian and German. Decorations on the tree came from all over the world. Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël, Frohe Weihnachten and Mele Kalikimaka can all be used interchangeably in our home.
We have been so fortunate to have been exposed to so many different cultures. We can tell you, first hand, that we are all alike.
Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of “Simple Abundance. A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” has a great tradition for Christmas Eve. I want to share it with you as it has had an impact on my life. We are not alone in this world. We are all one and we need to be kind to each other.
Here is her tradition:
She takes a tray and fills it with a “juicy bone from our standing rib roast dinner; a bowl of cat food; jay from the bale I used for autumn decorations; a warm coat someone has outgrown or grown tired of; a string of cranberries; a dish of fresh bread crumbs and sunflower seeds; and a plate of sugarplums.”
She leaves the tray on top of a stone wall that is outside of her home.
She says, “Every year when I go out on Christmas morning to collect the tray, many of the offerings are gone. One year, even the coat. For all I know, I’m the squirrels Santa Claus. But it does give me happy pause, wondering whose Christmas dreams came true.”
I like the philosophy and try to follow it all year long, a little difficult to do some days, but it can and does happen more often than not, for which I am very grateful!
May be have peace on earth!
Marilyn and John
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