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Spending Christmas Day alone

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Yes, I did spend Christmas Day by myself and it was a wonderful day. It was my first day off since November 25th and it felt so good to not have to start the car and drive somewhere, to be able to clean the house, take a nap, clean some more, watch a little TV, listen to some new music and talk to a special man on the phone.

I did spend time with my family on Christmas Eve and we will have our larger celebration this Friday when my niece and her family are here from Ohio. It will be the traditional Italian Christmas that my family has celebrated long before I was born. We still use my grandmother’s recipes with a few newer traditions thrown in. The focus is on family and the birth of Christ – something we should all strive to celebrate on a daily basis. This year will have a touch of sadness due to the deaths of my dad and Godmother but also gratefulness for the many years I was blessed to have them in my life.

The past month hasn’t been one of best sparking months due to a crazy work schedule – close to 240 hours between my two jobs and taking pictures of children and pets with Santa. I have to admit that the picture taking was fun – especially seeing all the adorable outfits children were dressed in and their reactions to Santa. It was fun seeing the most adorable dresses (being that I have two boys, I was never able to buy them) and outfits little girls were wearing. It was also interesting watching children’s reactions to Santa. You never know how they will react until they get up there – lots of crying and screaming mixed in with sheer enjoyment. Pets were a challenge, and even more so when there were children and pets at the same time. Trying to get children to smile and their dogs or cats to look at the camera was anything but easy. But the results were worth the trouble - most pictures were absolutely adorable! It was also nice when Santa requested that I do it again next year because he enjoyed working with me and was pleased at the way I interacted with children and their parents. Depending on my job and life situation, I would gladly do it again.

Santa and me

Now it is time to get back to sparking, eating right and exercising again. No excuses – just doing it! I have moved exercise equipment into my oldest son’s bedroom (he sleeps there only a few nights a year now) to get myself out of the dingy basement, am going to invest in workout dvds and up my exercise time. Will set a higher fitness goal for 2013, and will surpass it!
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OTEN36 12/30/2012 4:57PM

    Great Picture!
Glad it was positve for you.
I also live in Northern Minnesota.
Isn't it harder to get that exercise in with all this snow?
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LEXIE63 12/29/2012 11:51AM

    The photography assignment sounds like a lot of fun. :-) Glad you are enjoying the holidays. You and Santa look very happy. :-)

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LIBBYFITZ 12/27/2012 11:40PM

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LIVINGFREE19 12/27/2012 4:03PM

    That is so awesome that you posted a picture of yourself! I love it!

I'm glad you got to spend time alone since that is what you wanted on Christmas Day. Everybody needs their space!

I hope you have a very awesome New Years!!

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CODEMAULER 12/27/2012 1:42PM

    Spark or not, you simply are stunning in that photo. You must be doing many of the right things!!

I hope that you have a fabulous holiday celebration. Every wonderful thought is headed your way!

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JANESLOSS 12/27/2012 11:23AM

    Leanne,
What a beautiful blog.
You really deserve some rest. What a challenging, but rewarding month you have had. I really enjoy my time alone too!
Your picture is beautiful, you are so lovely!
Let's make 2013 another great year on our healthy journey paths!

Take care and Big Hugs,

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MNNICE 12/26/2012 11:11PM

    Nice picture! You made the most out of what could've have been a "down" day for some, and still have a wonderful family time to look forward to! Time for me to get back to serious sparking as well -- even a few days off can make it hard to get back on track!

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IUHRYTR 12/26/2012 11:04PM

    Nice picture. Glad you're going to have time with family this week. -- Lou

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TERRY631 12/26/2012 10:30PM

    Love the picture of you with Santa! So glad that you got to enjoy Christmas day and that you're looking forward to your bigger celebration. Little girl dresses are just the cutest :)

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KOMAL53 12/26/2012 7:38PM

    That was a Blog I liked reading--not for what it said but for what it did not say!!You My Friend are really doing great and I really hope that this Positivity of Spirit and Attitude nets you even greater results in the New Year!!As for the adorable outfits for Girls--I shopped and still do for Lotta,Sayali and Meha--and come back home elated with my buys--the sheer range and variety is stupendous!!Makes Shopping a real pleasure!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 12/26/2012 6:51PM

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PCOH051610 12/26/2012 6:33PM

    You look great! I think I would be having a nap if I worked anywhere close to those hours! Santa looks like a "real" Santa unlike most we get to see in the stores in these parts. I'm glad you weren't sad about being alone and that you can remember your loved ones with gratitude!

Let's make 2013 our year!

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CHUBRUB3 12/26/2012 5:37PM

    YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL LEANNE!
Merry Christmas dear friend. I am sad you were alone on Christmas day, but glad you had solace and rest.
Hugs,
Angela

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FRAN0426 12/26/2012 5:10PM

    Nice picture of you and Santa. My goodness you did put in a lot of hours since Thanksgiving. I'm sure Christmas day alone did feel wonderful and somewhat relaxing, alone with getting things done to catch up. Have a great time Friday celebrating Christmas with all your family. Keep you dad and godmother in your thoughts of all the wonderful times you had together at holidays and otherwise. My wish for you in the new year is to continue working on your goals and emoticon .

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