Be true to your authentic self even if your shoes have splatters of paint…
It brings happiness to the soul.
How do you find that self?
Go back to your childhood and remember back what you played when you were free to do anything you wanted. And discover a version of it now.
This is me completing a mural for the children’s area at the homeless shelter right before winter. A group of children began it this past summer…
Do simple things to make a difference for kindness.
Be kind to animals
Be kind to the earth
Be kind to workers
Be kind to places you regularly go
Be kind in your family
Be kind on social media
Be kind to your sweetheart
Be kind to yourself
It makes you and others feel GREAT!
Story # 10: In our community every single Christmas Eve evening we meet on a triangular hill that sits in the middle of three churches called God’s acre. A little wooden bandstand is set up and band players dressed up in red and green hats, sweaters and scarves , who look like they were released from the local retirement center for the evening stand next to their canes and wheelchairs, pull out their worn instruments, lick their chapped lips, and play. (They get to play on the 4th of July too.)
Most of the town comes with their families and distant relatives to sing Christmas carols all together. There is usually a mass or two just before we meet so people pour from the churches dressed in Christmas attire. We hold candles, and pass around words to the songs. As we shiver in the Christmas Eve air we warm our souls by singing our hearts out while wax drips on our gloves. Our children try to burn the music sheets with their lighted candles and we harmonize poorly. We alternate lifting up and bending down during Jingle Bells.
We sing in snow, in rain, in fog, in dropped temperatures. We hug our neighbors and wave to our acquaintances, give treats to the police and fireman then walk a distance to our cars to drive home. It is one of those brief moments in a lifetime that is really a miracle in itself as the town gathers together to share a little bit of Christmas before it “Poofs” and floats away.
I entered the Christmas season exhausted before it began. I was overdone and feeling guilty that I was not in the mood for creating an atmosphere of Christmas for my children. I decided one night (mostly for my sake) to read a short Christmas story to my little boys before bedtime. I was tired and secretly wanted to hurry through it.
I chose a story and tried to skip a few pages to get to the end. When I finished my oldest took the book and said, “There’s songs in this book… Let’s sing one.” And with a pure child’s singing voice began to sing Jingle Bells. As he sang the others joined in. Everyone was giggling and I had to enter in too. He then sang another song that he didn’t remember the tune for very well and we all tried to sing the chorus. This happened for much longer than I expected.
As I kissed and turned out the light my heart felt warmer and less encumbered.
I believe I received some Christmas magic that night…
The room was stuffed full of happy energy by over 100 overly excited bears! (no pun intended) They were stitched and stuffed ready and waiting to begin their new life with not just children, but anyone who needs a personal bear buddy. The seamstress has made more than 800 bears over the past eight years.
But the piece of the story that makes it holy is when asked how much she sells them for on Etsy or in boutiques she says,
“Oh they are way too expensive for anyone to purchase.”
The reason is stated VERY resolute.
Every single bear is stitched with the maker’s love. And, she says, “my love is priceless and not for sale.”
Giving them away is only a piece of the gift. She enlists “stuffers,” from her church; mostly children to come help give them life. Then for their service they get to pick one to take home.
The maker says: “There is no mouth but ears because they are perfect listeners. The arms are outstretched ready to give us unlimited hugs for anything life brings. Their furry soft bodies can be loved on in as many ways as there are the people who have them.”
This years 100 will soon be off to the Gold Star Mothers group in up-state New York who provide Christmas for veterans and their families. Her bears have brightened hospitals, the elderly, cancer patients, autistic children, hurricane/tornado victims, and people who need a special cuddle buddy. The maker told me she has just given one to a lonely elderly woman in a retirement facility who now sleeps with her bear buddy every single night. The elderly woman now has friends coveting her bear boy friend and they want one too.
I am privileged to have been given one of those bears…a true gift of love.
What can I give to Christmas?
Here is the idea my bear buddy whispered in my ear…
Once upon a Christmas season a knock taps on your door.
A strange woman with a twinkle in her eye, wearing pajamas and red slippers holds a heavy suitcase.
Will she be staying long?
What is inside?
If you choose to let her in
you may discover the fairy gold
she carries in her case.
But it is you who has to open it up
and discover what magic it can bring.
Once again I am a traveling Christmas story teller and would love to come share some fairy gold with you or your friends. Remember stories are for kids from 1-102. If you think you are too busy or too dignified, you are missing out on one of life’s best treasures!
It won’t cost you a cent except time.
It is my gift to Christmas to help spread the magic.
Happy Christmas Dears.
This my first story to share with you…
If you are a dreamer come in.
If you are a dreamer,
a magic-bean buyer.
If you’re a pretender come sit by my fire.
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
What will you give to Christmas?
It’s not just for getting…