Dec. 12, 2019

Christmas

I'm mesmerized by the lights, my eyes water as I remember the days of a Christmas past. This year my life line or preserver has been to make a tree of one of my past Christmases. My family smiled oddly at me as I deligently made the paper garland.

Every day of the year should be treated like a pre holiday day. Hearts are usually softened, more giving and forgiving.

I needed comfort and normalcy this year. I've been treading water...

Busy, busy with life and stuff, forgetting to take care of me and not taking enough time for my grandchildren, my family, connections, volunteering and herbal classes. I guess there are just years like this. We can't do it all and especially when you need to make a living.

I've seen a lot of people in pain this year. It seems like there are more cancer and heart attack commercials than ever before. So many people have gotten sick and the season is especially hard for them and the families.

I am not trying to be a downer. I just want to share with you a few of my thoughts of simplicity, love, connection and remembrance of simpler Christmas times.
am not trying to be a downer. I just want to share with you a few of my thoughts of simplicity, love, connection and remembrance of simpler Christmas times.

My life line this year was in the making of this Christmas tree. It's not so authentic but in my eyes a good reminder of my early childhood.

The strings of plastic popcorn, wooden red berries and paper chain garland brings memory of my 7 siblings & I stringing popcorn and cranberries for our tree. A joyful mess we made when we made the paper chain garlands years ago. Our trees started with many candy canes, but ended in few. Yum!
So much of the fun was in the anticipation and preparing for upcoming Christmas day.

I honestly think this is why I am a treasure hunter and thrift store shopper. I love to save a forgotten treasure and give it new life. I hold dear the fun, funky and unique. Both in stuff and people. One of the memories of days gone by has been an attitude of gratitude for people and stuff. I hope to capture some of that again this year. Slow myself down, pray for those who need it, hug freely, love unconditionally, soften my heart and enjoy the season.

I hope that you may do the same and may you enjoy a picture of my Christmas tree. I want to give new life to an old fashioned Christmas tradition. Love, jonnie dee
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