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Category: Holidays

The Magic of Santa

The magic of Santa Claus is one of the most famous and long-standing tradition’s in the world.  It is refreshing that even as the world has dramatically changed, our respect for the belief in Santa has remained unchanged. Santa Claus is also known as Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas and most often simply as Santa. Santa is believed to bring gifts to the homes of “good” and “nice” children on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.  If you have been “bad”, you may receive a lump of coal in your stocking. My favorite gift from Santa is easy –  1969 Mattel Baby Go Bye Bye with Bumper Car and white go-go boots. What is your favorite gift from Santa? As a parent, the fact that Santa is watching every move and if they didn’t behave, Santa won’t bring gifts seems to work!  Now they have customized interactive videos that can be sent to your child. I will never forget my granddaughter Meghan’s…

In Honor of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries around the world. In the United States this modern holiday originated in 1908, Anna Jarvis held a memorial to honor her Mother at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.  She continued her campaign for national recognition for Mother’s as “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” One of my favorite sayings is “When Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”  Being a good Mother is one of the most selfless acts in a woman’s life.  Although it can be frustrating and exhausting at times; Mother is a title that we carry with love, devotion, pride and honor. I searched for words to describe a Mother, here are some of the most popular: hero, teacher, nurse, cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, cheerleader, champion, our rock and the boss.  Some behaviors and traits are:  patience, sacrifice, energetic, smart, strength, courage, nurturing, tireless, loving,  faithful, compassionate, dependable, dedicated, and supportive. To my son Johnathan, I…

A New Year Filled With Opportunities

I am happy to see 2016 come to an end!  I feel like I was on a emotional roller coaster with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  In 2017, I look forward to a year of endless blessings and new opportunities.  I look forward to a prosperous and joyous year. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a resolution as (1) something that is resolved, and (2) the firmness of resolve.  Resolve is to deal with successfully. Opportunity is defined as  (1) a good chance for advancement or progress; and (2) a favorable juncture of circumstances. I, like most people, have made many New Year’s resolutions and have kept very few of them.  The most popular resolutions are:  lose weight, get fit, quit smoking, get out of debt, save money, find love, and to have a better work/life balance. This year, I want to take a different approach.  I will focus on creating  opportunities to use my passions and my people (family, current friends, and the new friends I haven’t met yet) to achieve my…

Open Your Home and Your Heart on Christmas

This edition is to encourage everyone to open your home and your heart this Christmas to someone who needs a place to share in the joy of the season. Someone recently said to me “Christmas is about family.”  I respectfully say yes it is about family but also much more!! Here is the story of how The Gray family did this for me and my 4-year old son. It was the second Christmas after my divorce.  Johnathan was supposed to be with his Dad this year. On Christmas Eve morning, I received a call that his Dad would not be coming for our son.  What?!  I was not prepared for this.  I learned to always have a backup plan. I called my best friend Melinda in a panic, what was I going to do?  She called me right back to say that her parents would love to have us join them.  I packed up Johnathan and drove across town to the home of Bob and Ann Gray.  All of their children were in their 20’s…

Thanksgiving – The Centerpiece is the Meal

In this edition, I encourage you to express your appreciation to your cooks and hosts for your Thanksgiving gathering.   It takes far more money, time, and effort to pull this off than most people think.   Yes, the meal itself has become the primary centerpiece of the gathering but the real focus is the gift of making  memories. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate your relationships with family and friends, and to express appreciation for blessings bestowed during the year.  For many families, it is also a platform to carry on traditions and to make new ones. Merriam-Webster definition of thanksgiving is:  (1) the act of giving thanks, (2) a prayer expressing gratitude, (3) a public acknowledgement or celebration of divine goodness.    So, this year as you are going around the table expressing what you are grateful for, please add a special thank you to the cooks and hosts. When I was a sophomore in High School, my parents went to Florida on a business trip over Thanksgiving.  I did not want me or my siblings to do without the…