Christmas Photo a Day, December 10, 2019

Do you know the secret about Christmas?

What is CHRISTMAS, if it’s not about GIVING?

It’s not about GETTING… we buy what we want and need (and don’t need), when we want and need it, all through the year. We treat ourselves. Pretty well, in fact.

But, GIVING! Why are there lines and lines of people in every shop? What suddenly makes us positive that more sweaters, earrings, toys are necessary NOW?

Hint– It is the JOY we get in doing something for someone else. It’s about putting that smile on their face. About not being able to wait to see their face as they open what you found for them. About knowing we have found that perfect thing, that thing that says I was thinking about YOU when I bought this. We can’t wait to give it.

Take that feeling a step further and GIVE something to your favorite charity. Or find a new charity and give to that. Or, don’t pass by that “Go Fund Me” that scrolls by on Facebook, but read it and decide that you do have $20 to spend online, for someone who found it necessary to ask Cyberspace Santa for something this year.

….there but for the grace of God go I …

OLD CITY BAR, by Trans-Siberian Orchestra –Youtube in case it isn’t opening automatically https://youtu.be/V6Sw-czf0ow

We recently bought a house for our “community cats”… since they feel safe in our yard, we feel a certain obligation to care for them. There are three currently… two who are feral/skittish and won’t let us near them, but who will come for dinner on our deck— Fuzzy Wuzzy and Ditto….and Gray, who has a home but apparently doesn’t like it there. Gray is social and a talker.

(Of course, ONE did decide to move inside with us a few years ago)

Alastair, the cat who stayed.

Christmas Photo a Day, December 13, 2017

…..The child said,

“I’ve noticed If one could be home,

they’d be already there.”….

…If you want to arrange it

This world, you can change it

If we could somehow

Make this Christmas thing last

By helping a neighbor

Or even a stranger

To know who needs help,

You need only just ask…

Songwriters: Paul O’neill / Paul F. O’neill

Old City Bar lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Old City Bar

Donate something, somewhere, this holiday season. How much will you spend on average, per person this year on gifts? Donate in the name of someone you lost this year, someone you can no longer share this holiday season with…

Try Feedmore. 

Christmas Photo A Day, 12/9/15

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My grandmother’s nativity, with the addition of an angel from my step-daughter, Michelle.

#TSO tonight! The true meaning of Christmas, in this one song, Old City Bar, so an extra edition of holiday caroling.

 

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Christmas Photo a Day, December 24, 2014

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The child said, “I’ve noticed, if one could be home, they’d be already there.”

OLD CITY BAR, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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…the spirit of the holiday season. Take a few minutes….

In an old city bar
That’s never too far
From the places that gather
The dreams that have been

In the safety of night
With its old neon light
It beckons to strangers
And they always come in

And the snow it was falling
Neon was calling
The music was low
And the night Christmas Eve

And here was the danger
That even with strangers
Inside of this night
It’s easier to believe

Then the door opened wide
And a child came inside
That no one in the bar
Had seen there before

And he asked did we know
That outside in the snow
That someone was lost
Standing outside our door

Then the bartender gazed
Through the smoke and the haze
Through the window and ice
To that corner streetlight

Where standing alone
By a broken pay phone
Was a girl, the child said
Could no longer get home

And the snow it was falling
Neon was calling
Bartender turned and said, “Not that I care
But how would you know this?”
The child said, “I’ve noticed
If one could be home, they’d be already there”

Then the bartender came out, from behind the bar
And in all of his life, was never that far
And he did something else that he thought no one saw
When he took all the cash from the register drawer

Then he followed the child to the girl across the street
And we watched from the bar as they started to speak
Then he called for a cab then he said, “J.F.K.”
Put the girl in the cab and the cab drove away
And we saw in his hand, that the cash was all gone
From the light that she had wished upon

If you want to arrange it
This world you can change it
If we could somehow make this
Christmas thing last

By helping’ a neighbor
Even a stranger
To know who needs help
You need only just ask

Then he looked for the child
But the child wasn’t there
Just the wind and the snow
Waltzing dreams through the air

So he walked back inside
Somehow different, I think
For the rest of the night
No one paid for a drink

And the cynics will say
That some neighborhood kid
Wandered in on some bums
In the world where they hid

But they weren’t there
So they couldn’t see
By an old neon star
On that night, Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling
And neon was calling
In case you should wonder
In case you should care

Why we on our own
Never went home?
On that night of all nights
We were already there

May your journey be safe, and may you find yourself, tonight, HOME.

img_3104 My nativity has found a new home this year. It belonged to my grandmother; my brother and I broke the ears off more than one of the animals and the shepherd has a pretty shoddy patch job after a fall, oh, 35 years ago. For decades it adorned the dining room credenza, and for the past 12 years the entire scene was crowded onto the top of a small encyclopedia bookshelf that belonged to my great grandmother.

This Christmas, however, the nativity, and all the little additions I have added over the years, have found a new home on this lovely chest of drawers that my hubby gave me for Christmas! (next to the neighboring subdivision of Snowmen).

 

 

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And the night, Christmas Eve…

It’s Christmas Eve, and if you’ve a place to be, I hope you are already there….or on the way, through the snow and the weather, willing to fight the traffic, wait in airports, and suffer delays everywhere….

May tomorrow be everything  you wish!

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs….Old City Bar, by Trans-Siberian Orchestra….Take a listen, and hope that everyone finds their special angel this holiday season!