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Seasons Greetings To All My Spark Friends

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. . .

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LUCYCAN7 12/26/2014 11:54AM

  Hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright Sharon!HUGS TO YOU! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/26/2014 9:23AM

    ((((HUGS)))) Hope you had a fabulous Christmas.

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MADAMES 12/26/2014 7:29AM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sharon. Thank you for a December to remember.

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KATHYJO56 12/26/2014 12:46AM

    Merry Christmas to you, Greg, and your son and his family. emoticon

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GABIBEAR 12/26/2014 12:07AM

    What a beautiful message Sharon! Thank you for sharing!! I hope your Christmas was a wonderful one!!! Blessings to you my friend!

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Make This A December to Remember! Day 23

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!
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2HAMSDIET 12/23/2014 9:31PM

    Thank you so much Sharon for your wonderful challenge as it was life changing. emoticon

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MADAMES 12/23/2014 4:56PM

    Thank you, Sharon, for taking the time to lovingly guide so many through a December to remember! There is no telling how many lives have been touched. Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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KITT52 12/23/2014 3:43PM

    I'll be counting ours on Friday, we are sending a check to St. Judes...that is our favorite charity.....children are our future.....we are so blessed that we have 5 healthy grand sons......

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SHARON10002 12/23/2014 3:36PM

    Oooo, Kathy, I am truly amazed that you have saved over $200 in spare change since the beginning of this challenge!! emoticon emoticon emoticon You, too deserve a emoticon for your elfin efforts and very generous spirit!!! Don't forget the receipt for your taxes!
Merry Christmas!!!!!! emoticon

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KATHYJO56 12/23/2014 3:11PM

    I saved 203.00 during this challenge. I was shocked when I saw the amount. My change will go to Charity Newsies in honor of my Mother. When she was a child, my Grandmother took her to their store and they outfitted her with everything from underwear, socks, shoes, coat, boots, dresses, etc. She didn't know that she wasn't in a real downtown store. They are still in operation and they do amazing work for the children of Columbus whose parents can't afford to buy their children new clothes.

Thank you so much for a wonderful challenge!

Merry Christmas!!! emoticon

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SHARON10002 12/23/2014 11:58AM

    Barb, that is emoticon and truly amazing that you accumulated that much during this challenge! You and your family deserve a emoticon for your jingling efforts and your most generous contribution! Don't forget the receipt for your taxes - got my first 1099 in the mail today.
Merry Christmas!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/23/2014 11:24AM

    We have $100.00 and it's being donated to the Lymphoma Society to honor my little sis.

What an awesome month it's been. Jingle all the way thanks to the direction of our Head Elf -- YOU!

Love to you and hope you have an awesome holiday. HUGS

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ELRIDDICK 12/23/2014 7:33AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Make This A December to Remember! Day 22

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.

Day 22:
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: eny/3089399-74/parking-lot -shopping#ixzz2El9DAmIa

Thanks for stopping by!
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ICECUB 12/22/2014 10:07PM

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SPARKFRAN514 12/22/2014 3:55PM

    great tips shopping is done will go people watcing thats always fun and i don't drive in the Denver area to busy for me

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KATHYJO56 12/22/2014 2:11PM

    These are great ideas to make things easier for ourselves and more importantly-others! I am planning on spending my day at home and not do any running around. emoticon

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KITT52 12/22/2014 2:07PM

    good tips for being safe

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/22/2014 9:55AM

    Great blog

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ALOHAEV1 12/22/2014 9:06AM

    Great reminders about packages. Also, beaware of someone watching as you load your trunk and go back to shop because they will raid your car in plain daylight.

Not just now, when you stop for gas, lock your car put your keys in your pocket, even while pumping and don't drive with your purse on the passenger seat.

Wish we could have cars that take up two spaces towed, don't you?

Hilarious video, guess a lot of folks will be getting their grope on this week. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/22/2014 7:13AM

    Great assignment! I always try to park far away, and let others take the close spots, for whatever their reasons may be.

HUGS and loved the video!


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Make This A December to Remember! Day 21

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!
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SPARKFRAN514 12/22/2014 3:52PM

    we are going to zoo Monday or Tuesday depends on Denver weather we saw some great lights On Sat as we drove to Denver for the Christmas show . 16th steet Mall court house and train station along with several home along the way emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 12/21/2014 8:14PM

    I'd be afraid to have that reindeer on the top of my car, some crazed hunter would try to claim it for it's own!

Amazing what folks come up with for their homes isn't it? Love them all, elegant right on down to tacky.

Times is flying when having fun with friends.

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KATHYJO56 12/21/2014 2:14PM

    Hi Sharon, I loved both videos, but the first was my absolute favorite. As we did last night, we will be taking a drive to look at Christmas light displays and then coming home to watch another Christmas movie or two. Thank you so much for all of the work that you put into this Challenge to help make the holidays brighter for all! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/21/2014 11:12AM

    LOVE the video. Heart warming!

Saw the lights in the 'hood last night. Really pretty!!!

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KITT52 12/21/2014 11:02AM

    beautiful.....I love to go look at lights....

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JAROL7 12/21/2014 10:02AM

    I love the real Christmas story.

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Make This A December to Remember! Day 20

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
• Elf
• 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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2HAMSDIET 12/22/2014 6:26PM

    I am running a few days behind but that is exactly what we did on Saturday! emoticon

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SHARON10002 12/21/2014 12:40AM

    We watched a few:
Disney's Prep and Landing
Disney's Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
North Pole on the Hallmark Channel
Angels and Ornaments on the Hallmark Channel

Here's the link to the Hallmark Channel's Holiday Line-up if you have access to it:

Thanks for the reminder about the Polar Express! I'm going to get our DVD out so we can watch it in the next few days. You would think after posting the video about Hot Chocolate the other day that I would have thought of that one today! Another senior moment . . . ah well . . . emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 12/20/2014 11:13PM

    I'm watching Polar Express again, and on Christmas Eve, the definitive Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim.

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MADAMES 12/20/2014 10:09PM

    Good list. 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.


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SPARKFRAN514 12/20/2014 4:55PM

    Tom and I are going to a Christmas program tonight but we plan to watch Polar Express tonight . and a Christmas Story of course on Christmas its on for 24 hours !!! what one did you pick ? emoticon

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KATHYJO56 12/20/2014 4:25PM

    We watch a Christmas movie almost every night starting the last two weeks before Christmas. My favorite Christmas movie is the one we watch on Christmas Eve. That movie a A Christmas Story. I doubt if there is a Christmas movie that I don't like. Last night we watched a very old Jimmy Stewart one called "The Shop Around the Corner" and then we watched "Home Alone'. Tonight we will go downtown to Nativity Park to enjoy the reason we celebrate Christmas, take a nice long drive to view the lights and then we will come home and watch "Holiday Inn". Watching these movies is our way of unwinding after having busy days. emoticon

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KITT52 12/20/2014 3:31PM

    good list..we will be watching A Christmas Story.....I just love this one and laugh harder each year.....

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ALOHAEV1 12/20/2014 1:39PM

    Popcorn, check
Movie, will definitely watch something, probably Chevy Chase (John's favorite) and
move over I'll join you all in cocoa with something-something.

Handing out coffee canes, grins and giggles, saving change and haven't seen a bell ringer in a long time.

Who could forget Scrooge? Me, I guess because I haven't watched it in years.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/20/2014 12:29PM

    Tonight's viewing is going to be ELF in honor of all the jingling and elfing around we've done this December (thanks to you!)

Still saving the change and passing out candy canes. Fun!!!

HUGS and enjoy your movie night. I'll join you with a cuppa cocoa with something-something!

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