When I was two years old my uncle gave me a “real live,” Smokey the Bear”, teddy bear for Christmas. Smokey had a hat, badge and shovel, which was lost so early on that I don’t remember them. But somehow the plastic belt with a metal buckle with his name, “Smokey,”on it lasted many years. … More My Inner Child Is Alive and Well
First verse of Silver Bells: Christmas makes you feel emotionalIt may bring parties or thoughts devotionalWhatever happens, whatever may beHere is what Christmas time means to me. Composers: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston. My childhood memories of Christmas were about times of happiness, church and celebration of Jesus’s birth, family, food, and of course Santa … More Christmas Memories
Have you ever heard of an upside down Christmas tree? I saw my first one several years ago in a wonderful Greek restaurant. I was amazed and intrigued. The owners came from the Eastern islands of Greece and told me this tree was their homeland’s custom. This method of displaying a Christmas tree or Yule … More Upside-down Christmas Trees?
In 1977 the song “Give a Little Bit of Your Love To Me,” written by Roger Hodgson, was sung by his group Super Tramp. It has been used for Christmas advertisements; sung by the Googoo Dolls; sung in honor of Princess Diana, (since it was one of her favorite songs); and played in movies and … More Give a Little Bit of Your Love
My thankfulness list continues. I touched on being thankful for friends in my post “Family: Gotta Love ‘Em.” But friends deserve their own spot on the list of “Thankful for…” posts. Truly good friends will listen to each other when one needs to talk and offer suggestions and support, sometimes even after hearing the same … More Thankful For Friends
I am very thankful for the companionship of my cat, Norie. This black cat is one of the delightful parts of my life. She is a source of laughter, company, amazement, challenge, and life lessons. Norie trusts me implicitly. She knows I would not hurt her on purpose. I have stepped on her paws or … More Thankful for My Cat
I grew up in a home full of love. My parents loved each other. Their relationship and marriage were one of the most important parts of their and us, their kids’ lives. Our family’s health and happiness were very important. They both had been through their own personal hardships and losses during their childhoods and … More Thankful for My First Family