The Daily Post Prompt: Final Trio – December 20, 2014
For our final trio prompt of the year, write about any topic you wish, but make sure your post features a bookcase, something cracked, and a song you love.
Our Christmas tree this year was blue spruce and filled our living room with heavenly smells of a pine forest. Mom had decorated the tree with beautiful blinking lights and hundreds of bright glass ornaments. It looked amazing.
As we were all gaping at the tree and listening to Silent Night, something flew across our line of vision. It happened so fast we hardly knew what was happening.
Jingles, the family cat, had jumped from the antique bookshelf onto the Christmas tree in an attempt to kill one of the twinkling lights or ornaments. The tree came crashing to the floor.
Jingles ran out of the room in terror. My mom broke out into tears. I watched in horror. And my dad picked up the tree to try and right it again.
The lights were still blinking, the angel had remained on the top but most of the ornaments were either cracked or broken.
My dad, with his wit and humor, tried to save the day, “Look at it this way honey, you get to buy new ornaments.”
You know what is really funny? Mom laughed.
Every Saturday I hope to write a post introducing you to different bloggers that I enjoy following.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with any of these bloggers, I would like to introduce you to their awesome blogs:
Ishpabla writes a daily post about different things she encounters during her daily activities that make her “smile.” Her post is called, “The Smile Project.” Her blog name is IshKishMish.
Lisa blogs about her thoughts and her Christian faith.
Ryan, author of, “By Ryan,” writes enjoyable short stories:
Jodi blogs about all the beautiful cards she makes and delicious treats she bakes. Her blog posts always includes beautiful photos.
“ComeTravelAlong” blog includes her beautiful photography:
Dawn, author of the blog, Lingering Visions, The Day After, blogs about her beautiful photography:
Just in case you haven’t seen the beautiful photographs produced by Jeff Sinon of Jeff Sinon Photography:
Jingdleon, author of the blog, Myrealjourney, blogs about her daily thoughts, activities, and more!
Next Saturday, I will introduce you to more wonderful blogs that I enjoy, and hope you will check them out.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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The holiday season: can’t get enough of it, or can’t wait for it all to be over already? Has your attitude toward the end-of-year holidays changed over the years? ~The Daily Prompt 12/19/14
When my children were younger it was important to me to make sure they had a nice Christmas. I concentrated on purchasing their gifts, on the holiday meal, and over all the little things that make Christmas special. Watching their joy at Christmas always brought out that little child in me. It was glorious to watch their eyes light up and to hear their laughter of joy and surprise. It was a wonderful and exciting time of the year. It was also an exhausting time of the year.
No matter how exhausting it was, there was always a sadness when the holidays were over. “This year my children are such-and-such age and they will never be this age again.” There was also the sadness of, why can’t we feel this joy all year instead of only at Christmas?
My children are grown and have children of their own. They are the ones creating the special Christmas plans for their children and feeling those feelings I felt so many years ago. And, as it should be, their focus is on their children – making their own Christmas memories.
Christmas comes now without much fanfare. I hardly notice it’s arrival. I choose not to decorate or put up a Christmas tree because it only makes my home feel empty. My gift purchases are minimal because my children and grandchildren prefer gifts of money rather than anything I could pick out for them. This is perfectly fine with me. I don’t have to stand in line at the check-out counters in stores or stand in line at the Post Office to mail them.
Instead of celebrating all the fanfare and gift purchasing of Christmas, I celebrate the real reason of Christmas: Peace. Love. Joy. Hope.
Do you think someday it might catch on?
Merry Christmas everyone! May yours be Merry and Bright.
For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, I wish you a wonderful and happy New Year.
Why, Daily Post, is my Daily Prompt for today not showing up
on the grid?
Deadlines. I both hated them and loved them during my working life. I hated them because, well, they were deadlines. (We called them, “drop dead”). I also loved them because they were a challenge to conquer. Challenges helped me to learn and become better and it felt good to have them conquered.
Holidays always approached, bringing along a great deal of stress. There were lists to be made, gifts to purchase and wrap. Next, I would have to stand in line at the Post Office to mail them. There were decorations to put up and a Christmas tree to decorate. There were meals to plan, food and ingredients to purchase, then all the food to prepare. There were endless tasks to complete to make sure the occasion was perfect for family and friends. There never seemed to be enough time to complete them all. The stress would gradually increase and exhaustion would slowly consume me.
The celebrations would be wonderful and 'almost' perfect. Next, the disappointment of it all being over would envelope me. There always seemed to be a sadness when the celebrations were over.
Now that I am retired and my children have homes and children of their own, I understand this sadness much better. There comes a time when that houseful of family with hectic schedules and endless things to do, will be gone. The duties will have been handed over to the children to do for their children. Even though there is a sigh of relief, there is even a louder sigh of quiet despair. The despair that says, “It will never be the same again.”
The other day I went to the store to make a purchase. As I was standing in line to pay out, I noticed the cashier was heavy hearted. We began talking about the upcoming holidays and she told me she was going to be alone.
“It's okay to be alone for Christmas. We can still have a nice Christmas,” I told her with a smile on my face. (We both knew that wasn't completely true). After I had given her the cash, I asked her, “I would really like to give you a hug, would it be okay if I give you a hug?”
She looked at me with tears in her eyes and answered, “Yes,” and held out her arms.
I left the store a little happier than when I went in, and something tells me that she was happier too.
Remember those people who are alone this Christmas. Give them a big bear hug and enjoy the happiness that single act will bring.
And… may yours be Merry and Bright.
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