Monday, December 14, 2015

And a Very Merry Christmas

By the time you read this it will be less than two weeks before Christmas. First of all, I'd like to take the time to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wish that all your dreams comes true.

But at this special time of year, a lot of folks are faced with putting on a smile when there is none. That can be caused by losing a job so near to Christmas, not being able to go home for Christmas, or missing someone you lost at Christmas.

I was just thinking of how badly I wanted to contribute to my favorite charities this time of year. Mine are: Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude's Hospital, and Shriner's Hospital. However, there are others that need cheering up as well.

Everything doesn't have to center around money. Sometimes just visiting an old friend you haven't seen for ages, or some shut-in that never has company, can put a smile on someone's face.

It's the time of the year that we think a lot about others and their needs.

Giving of our time can be very worthwhile. Taking an angel from and Angel Tree can light up someone's holiday more than you know. Helping out at church. My grandson even works in a Soup Kitchen to help feed the hungry. There are so many ways we can help. Buy a meal for a homeless person. Just talking to someone who needs cheering up, is enlightening. Making home-made gifts if you can't afford to buy them something.

I hope we can all think of ways to help someone, make someone happy this season.

I've never been very politically correct, so I'm going to say Merry Christmas to all, but no matter how you say it, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday.

Courting Abby is the second book in the Travers Brothers Series. It is centered around Christmas. In it you'll find a lot of old fashioned customs that are shared. I hope you enjoy it.

When you make someone happy, you make yourself happy, so try it, it'll be a holiday you won't forget.

Love an blessings

Rita Hestand


Tina Donahue said...

Wonderful post, Rita - happy holidays to you too! :) Love the cover for Courting Abby. So sweet. :)

Redameter said...

Thanks Tina, I hope your holiday is filled with dreams and wishes that come true. It's a special time of year and a time to remember all your freinds and family.

Yes, Courting Abby has been around a while and when I found this cover, I knew it was right for the book.

Merry Christmas to all, and Happy Holidays too. God bless

jean hart stewart said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Rita!!

Fiona McGier said...

Politically correct has nothing to do with wishing someone a Merry Christmas...unless you are a salesperson trying to market some useless piece of junk and need to know which holiday the patsy (er, customer) will celebrate. There is no war on Christmas...just the honest attempt to not make anyone feel odd or left-out if they don't celebrate the holiday that we get the most days off work for in our country.

I tutor at a center with mostly Indian children, and most are Hindu, so they celebrated Divahli (the Festival of Lights) a month ago. But they tell me they have Christmas trees in their homes and can't wait for Santa to visit with some gifts. And even the Muslim kids wish me a Merry Christmas.

But in fact, my daughter was student-teaching at a school where a few children were crying because they're not allowed to celebrate the holidays in any way at all. Those kids are being brought up Jehovah's Witnesses. Isn't that a Christian sect? So why are they making their own children feel so left out?

Celebrate any way you wish during the season, even if you choose not to celebrate. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and a festive Solstice to everyone!