Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Lives Inside All Of Us

“Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush,
the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there
is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.”
- Joan Winmill Brown -

And so here we are, dear friends; just one more sleep until the most delightful and blessed day of the year arrives. The day we’ve been counting down to. This blogging month has brought me so much joy. The festive posts, your lovely remarks, the magic of the holiday...all of it has been gratifying.


Christmas has always been my favourite holiday of the year. Not because of the gifts, which many years from now will all be forgotten, but because of the memories and heartfelt emotions it evokes. The special moments we share with loved ones are the true gifts of the season, and those gifts cannot be found in a store or in a stocking or under a tree.


This holiday, whether you celebrate it from a religious standpoint or not, is the same for all of us. It is about joy and love and generosity and kindness. It is about all of us coming together, no matter our differences, to shed warmth and hope into a world that is often plagued by fear and sorrow and loneliness.


Christmas lives inside all of us throughout the year. Every time we open our hearts, every time we give, every time we do a good deed or promote peace or show compassion...it is Christmas.

I wish each and every one of you a beautiful day tomorrow. May it be the best Christmas ever. 

Hugs to you all! Enjoy. Be happy. And remember to count your blessings.


Here is Stevie Nicks singing one of my favourite carols...


34 comments:

  1. Wishing you a super-abundance of Xmas Warm and Fuzzies, Martha! I've loved all your Christmas posts!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed, Debra! I LOVE all you bloggy pals. Have fun! Merry Christmas to you and your rare one. Perhaps one day I'll meet you both!

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  2. Merry Christmas Martha, you described the true meaning of Chrismas so beautifully! My sister just saw Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac in concert in Florida recently. They sound the same. I believe she is now 66!

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    1. Oh, lucky girl! Fleetwood Mac is a great concert to attend. 66 but still going strong. Pretty amazing.

      Merry Christmas to you!

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  3. Happy Christmas. Happy Christmas. Happy Christmas. Wait, one more. Happy Christmas.

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    1. Hahaha! Love it. Happy Christmas (times many) to you!

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  4. Enjoy the holiday and Merry,Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Have a great time with your family. Almost there...

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  5. Martha,
    Wishing you and yours a most magical Christmas and wonderful New Year.
    Thanks for the lovely post.
    xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Margie! I wish you the same, and hope to see you a little more often in the blogging world. xoxo

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  6. Thanks for all the funnies this year! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. You're very welcome, Linda! Thanks for being a part of my blogging circle. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  7. I just love the holidays.
    Have a happy holiday.

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    1. Thank you! Christmas holidays are the best. Merry Christmas!

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  8. Merry Christmas to you and your dear family! Love Stevie Nicks! ~ Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane! Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful time!

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  10. What a lovely post. And so very true. It is not what's under the tree but what's in our hearts. And yes (in a perfect world), the spirit of Christmas should be with us all year.

    Here's wishing you and yours a VERY Merry Christmas, Martha, from Down Under and Off to the side *hugs* :)

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    1. If only that spirit would stay with us all year, Wendy. I see-saw between faith in humanity and despair for this world. Especially for the vulnerable. Let's hope that 2015 is a very good year. I try to remain optimistic!

      Merry Christmas to you, girl, from the great white north :)

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  11. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas, Martha! beautiful post ... I am going to get caught up with you this week! I'm listening to Stevie sing now ... wow... 1987 ~ seems like just a couple of weeks ago... Yates was two... sniff ;)

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    1. Not to worry, Carolyn! I've fallen behind, too. I've read all your posts but haven't left comments. I dash around from one place to another just to see what you're all up to, but this time of year keeps us busy. I'm grateful that we're hooked up on Facebook and I can get a glimpse of you, now and then. Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  12. I really liked this version of 'Silent Night', Martha. Thank you so much. Reminded me of those midnight masses I attended as an alter boy and there was always a soloist singing this.
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Now sit back and enjoy.

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    1. It's such a beautiful version of this song; definitely one of my favourites. Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  13. Thanks and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  14. Merry Christmas to you and your family ! Lovely photos ! It is green here 12C raining windy with a bit of thunder ! Weird weather for us !

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    1. Merry Christmas, Country Gal! I hope you have a great day. The weather is the same here, and we're also having a green Christmas. Very weird, indeed!

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  15. "This holiday, whether you celebrate it from a religious standpoint or not, is the same for all of us." .....Indeed! Like you, I too believe, the true meaning of Christmas lies in the cardinal values of mercy, forbearance and benevolence. Wish you a merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, Chirasree! And a merry Christmas to you, too. It truly is a holiday that is defined in many ways, but at the core, it's all about kindness.

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  16. So, so beautiful and what you say, so true so may it be all that it is, and that the love you share is returned to you ten-fold Merry Christmas, Girl xxx

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    1. Thank you, Lorraine. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. It's hard to believe that it's come and gone. Time passes so quickly.

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