It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, December 05, 2008

Chapter 12, Page 5, Book 08

What is Christmas?

Faith and hope and love, which cannot be bought or sold or bartered, but only given away, are the wellsprings--firm and deep--of Christmas celebrations. These are the gifts without price, the ornaments incapable of imitation, discovered only within oneself, and are, therefore, unique. They are not always easy to come by,but they are in unlimited supply— ever in the province of all.
This Christmas. . .
Mend a quarrel.
Seek out a forgotten friend.
Dismiss suspicion, and replace it with trust.
Write a love letter.
Share some treasure.
Give a soft answer.
Encourage youth.
Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.
Keep a promise. Listen.
Apologize if you are wrong.
Try to understand.
Flout envy.
Examine your demands on others.
Think first of someone else.
Be kind. Be gentle.
Laugh a little.
Laugh a little more.
Deserve confidence.
Take up arms against mal ice.
Express your gratitude.
Go to church.
Welcome a stranger.
Gladden the heart of a child.
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of this earth.
These are inklings of a vast category. . .a mere scratching of the surface.
They are simple things.
You have heard them all before,
but their influence has never been measured
Thankfully it is Friday. This week has been a long one for sure. This evening I’ll go to dinner with friends that I’ve not seen in awhile. It will be good to catch up on what they’ve been doing.
This weekend will be a mix of things. At the top of my list will be writing out those cards that I found and getting them sent out. I knew I had some really nice ones and stuck them away somewhere. They were in a tub with my Christmas tableclothes and linens.

I hope you all enjoy your day !
I owe, I owe,
It’s off to work I go…



You can use H-O-L-L-Y to help you get organized.
1. H: Help
If that husband is such a great guy, get him and the kids involved
2. O: Oh-No
Let's face it. You'll make mistakes. The sugar cookies will burn. You can always "eat" your mistakes and try again---just don't try a new recipe for the first time Christmas Day
3. L: Love
You know Christmas is the season of love, and you can have as much fun with take-out pizza as you can with an elegant dinner if the company is right
4. L: Let It Be
once you have your plan in place, stick to it---that doesn't mean you can't compromise slightly
5. Y: You
Remember that there will be stress around the holidays, but that your mind can choose not to give in. You can choose to refuse another beer because "I'm frazzled" or avoid inviting people you really can't stand just because your mind thinks you have an obligation to be popular and kill yourself feeding 25 people. You can throw snowballs and just take your mind off all you have to do. Rediscover just why it is you're going through all this and what you love about Christmas
So that's your H-O-L-L-Y for a happy holiday.
And when all else fails, there's chocolate
‘On Ya’- ma


Hollie said...

Great entry! Helpful to us all. Have fun with your friends at dinner. I've got to fix up my cards too.

Joan said...

Lovely thoughts for Christmas. Hope you have a great night out with your friends. Love Joan.

Jeannette said...

Loved this posting, thank you. Err, not chocolate in my case. Cannot have it and hate the diabetic type on the whole. Happy weekend.

Ally Lifewithally said...

Loved your thought for the day ~ hope you have a good night out with your friends ~ Ally x

Linda said...

I am so glad that it is Friday also!! Have a great weekend. Linda

Chrissie a.k.a. HoneyB said...

Always love reading what your thoughts are for the day. Hope you have a good time with your friends.
Take care, Chrissie

Joyce said...

I loved your entry...and you sound like me on the cards...mine are going to be done this Sunday. Hope you have a good weekend...enjoy the dinner with friends...hugs and love,

Alice said...

Wise gift list. Enjoy your week-end:)........

Linda :) said...

Happy Friday
and Happy Card Writing! :)

betty said...

hope you had a good time with your friends; great place for the cards! of course when you put them there, you were sure you would remember where you had placed them, only, like me, to forget; glad you found them!!

enjoy your weekend; I hope your family is doing as well as they can during this time