Thursday, December 25, 2014
The blessings of peace,
the beauty of hope,
the spirit of love,
and the comfort of faith.
May these be the gifts that you receive this Christmas.
From door to door,
And heart to heart,
Christmas binds us together,
Even though we're far apart.
No matter how near,
No matter how far,
I'm sending you love
No matter where you are.
Merry Christmas, my friends. . .
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
It’s hard to believe that we are finished with this challenge for 2014. I know from your wonderful comments that each one of us has experienced and received some remarkable "gifts" in the responses that we've received from those we have chosen to help in our challenges.
Today's challenge is the culmination of saving all of our change during this challenge.
Day 23: Your challenge today is to take all of the change you have accumulated, and donate it to the charity of your choice. It can be a local charity, a national charity, the Red Kettle, your church, the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts . . . It is entirely up to you. What was your choice?
Isn't it just awesome how in this simple gesture of remembering love, caring, and giving finds it's way to those who need it? From that very moment we're helping the others to remember this, too, as they become the recipients of our "gifts".
It all began on Day 1 with a smile, and look where it has led. Think back on the reaction you received in response to your “gifts”. What could be better?
"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." ~ Mother Teresa
I had planned on continuing this challenge through tomorrow, but realized that many of you celebrate your Christmas on Christmas Eve, and may be getting last minute preparations done for your family celebration. So, today is the last day of this challenge.
Thanks so very much for all of your shared comments, and stories about your experiences. Thank you for joining me in this Make This A December to Remember Challenge. Each one of you has given me countless gifts with your participation, comments, but most of all friendship. Here's a little something to put you into the spirit today:
I wish each and every one of you the most joyous of holiday seasons, the closeness of family and friends, and most of all - love.
Thanks for stopping by! Jingle On!
Monday, December 22, 2014
We are all very busy running around and trying to get things done, and it seems like so is everyone else. Have you noticed how much more crowded the parking lots are these days? To make matters worse, in our area the county government has granted permits to build banks and fast food restaurants in parking lots!
So today’s challenge is going to help alleviate the stress for us, and other drivers.
Help someone get your parking space in a crowded parking lot when you’re leaving, or give up a space to someone else.
AAA gives some great tips on how to stay safe in the parking lot during this crazy, busy time of year:
• Park at a side entrance. Most malls have secondary entrances, which usually have less traffic and more convenient spaces.
• Use headlights when scouring parking garages for spaces, even in the daytime.
• Avoid parking between a pair of tall sport utility vehicles or minivans where it might be hard to back out of the space. If it’s difficult to see have one of your passengers give you a sign and guide you out when the coast is clear.
• Look out for little ones. Children can be hard to see in busy parking lots and often make quick, unpredictable movements.
• Don’t cut across the lot. Drive slowly and use your turn signal.
• Be sure to pull your car straight and all the way into your parking space, and to avoid being hit or clipped by other cars trying to get in and out of their spaces.
• Place packages, your GPS units and mounts, and shopping bags in the trunk so they are not visible to would-be thieves. It takes a thief just seconds to smash a window and steal your shopping loot or your GPS.
Here’s you video to start off your week with a smile:
Source: triblive.com/news/allegh eny/3089399-74/parking-lot -shopping#ixzz2El9DAmIa
Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
We’re here at the end of our third week of the December to Remember Challenge, and I’d like to thank you all of coming all on this challenge with me. It’s so right that “Things Are Better With Friends”.
Here’s some of your comments from yesterday’s challenge re; Christmas movies you’re watching:
MADAMES wrote, “We also watch White Christmas, Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever, a Charlie Brown Christmas, Going My Way, Christmas Eve, Bishop's Wife, and Bells of St Mary's.”
KITT52 added, “We will be watching A Christmas Story.....I just love this one and laugh harder each year.....”
COCK-ROBIN commented, “I'm watching Polar Express again, and on Christmas Eve, the definitive Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim.”
So many wonderful choices and recommendations!
Today’s challenge is going to be another “family affair”.
Day 21: If you haven’t already done so, hop in your car, and drive around your area looking at all of the Christmas lights and decorations.
If you have already done this, then substitute another family activity in place of it, but along the same vein, like this one:
Wouldn't you be the talk of the town!!!
Here are two short videos that will make you smile for today; the first is my absolute favorite:
Enjoy your Sunday everyone!
Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, December 20, 2014
My Spark friend, Kelly, said it best this morning. Sometimes in the midst of the Christmas and holiday bustle, you just need to sit down and take a deep breath. Later today I am going to do that. Saturday night is a good night to settle in with a big ‘ole tub of popcorn, and watch a movie.
There have been so many new and classic holiday movies on television, Netflix, and Amazon, and there are many that are my favorites. I love a good family movie, don’t you? When our son was growing up we started a tradition to watch a Christmas movie, or Christmas special, every night. It was sort of a family advent calendar for us.
Some of our family favorites include:
• A Christmas Story
• The Santa Clause Series
• White Christmas with Bing Crosby
• It’s A Wonderful Life
• Home Alone 1 & 2
• Christmas Vacation
• A Charlie Brown Christmas
• Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (a Muppet classic)
• Disney’s Babes In Toyland
• Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
• Frosty the Snowman
• When Harry Met Sally
• Plane, Trains, and Automobiles
• Holiday Inn
• The Polar Express
• Muppet Christmas Carol
• Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• Miracle on 34th Street
• The Last Holiday
• The Ultimate Gift
• November Christmas
Our family also started a family tradition of watching “Scrooge”, the musical, with Albert Finney every Christmas Eve. This is definitely one you should check out if you haven’t seen it. It is a lavish production done in England, and the visuals are stunning. You can find the DVD or Blu_Ray DVD on Amazon at a very reasonable price, and I’m sure you could also find it on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. It will most definitely remind you of the spirit of Christmas. Albert Finney won an award for his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge from a young man through old age.
Day 14: Today’s challenge is to sit and watch a Holiday movie together with your family. Have fun!
Which movies do you or your families watch every year, and what are your favorites?
Here’s your video for today, one of the scenes from the movie:
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