Many apologies for my absence last month. I’ve been a bit busy trying to keep up with the trials & joys of life. Little trinkets of unexpected laughter, bouts of sadness, health & body madness and the like have all kept me on the merry-go-round of circumstance. I have finally decided to take a mental detour and offer some (supposed) words of holiday wisdom.
First off, I hope that everyone’s Thanksgiving was amazing. To those who enjoyed it, what a Blessing! To those who didn’t enjoy it as much, I’m sorry to hear that. Perhaps we can make Christmas the “do-over” good time that God means all special times to be. I’ll certainly try to keep you encouraged.
Here is a song that always helps me to get into the festive mood:
I LOVE this song, of course, from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, but way before I was introduced to all things Chevy Chase, I loved the melodious crooning of Bing Crosby. Remember, I’m a connoisseur of all things vintage. 😉
Veering away from Yesteryear, what plans does everyone have for Christmas? I am reppeating what I did for Thanksgiving, which is make a huge from-scratch Turkey feast. We’re also adding egnog & hot apple cider, if we can afford it. We are planning on giving somehow, this year, even though we have been struggling financially. I’d like to donate some hair products to a children’s hospital by late January. I am also giving to single mother’s this Christmas. My mom ended up being a single mom after my parents divorced and for much of her journey, she did it sans child support, so the single moms have a huge space in my heart.
I caught myself wishing the other day that I could be a ‘Heel-Lot”, just so that I would have the money to help others. A young man walked up to my car in the parking lot in a very prestigious zip code on Saturday. He asked me if I wanted to buy a homemade loaf of banana bread that he was selling to raise money for his church’s ministry. I SO wanted to say “YES! I’ll buy all of them!”, but what came out was “I’m sorry, sir, but thank you.” The guy sort of shook his head, rolled his eyes and walked away. I could understand his attitude, seeing as he and his fellow church members were getting turned away left and right by shoppers carrying carts full of Christmas gifts and rushing to their luxury cars. What the young man didn’t know was that my gas tank was on E, thanks to my hubby, and that my wallet was on its way there as well & I still hadn’t bought the fixings for dinner yet.
Why am I bringing this up? Not for you to feel sorry for me. My family is Blessed to have a roof over our head, my hubby works two jobs and God always provides what we need. 🙂 I am saying this so that we can see that not all of us have money. My mother is on the phone now telling me about a community of 2,000 people in Southern California (“Slab City”), lots of families as well, who have nowhere to go and are living on desert land. They have lost their jobs and are destitute, so much so that they are all bathing at the same well.
You can read more about it & view the CBS news clip here:
This is absolutely horrible! We are living in America and in California, where all the wealthiest movies stars and entertainers live, there should not be this level of poverty. Will Smith is worth 500 million dollars. Hey Fresh Prince, I love you man, but can you spare a million and help those 2.000 people out?
I’m not pointing fingers, I’m just using Will’s financial situation as an example. We cannot continue to sit back and be satified with putting a couple bucks in Santa’s Salvation Army bucket or sending a bag of used clothes to your favorite cause. We need a real awakaening of the heart and a real call to action. I am so happy when we do the tings mentioned above because every little bit helps, but why crawl when you can walk? Why should we walk when we can run? If you can help out at a “crawling” level, that rocks. But if you are able to help, give, volunteer or aid in any other way on a “walk” or “run” level, that is even cooler. It is time to awaken the Good Samaritan in us all. Rise up and WALK…
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.¸.•´•☆*¨★..~ the beautiful john doe