December 25, 2012

White Dog loves this quote form Norman Vincent Peale: "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."

We made the decision to take a step back this year toward a more simple celebration. It was prompted by time constraints, by Steve's going back to grad school, by the tone of the world, by an underlying current that we needed to refocus. So we have spent less time entertaining and more time with our family. We gave more simple handmade gifts. We resisted the urge of "just one more" in the materialistic marketing deluge that begins in mid-October now. I was worried that I was accidentally erasing part of the joy of bright paper and colored lights and festivity. I hoped I had not "thrown the baby out with the bath water" in my quest for refinding the spirit of the season.

We, the White Dog Army, Steve, Michael and I, spent a lot of time just being together today, Sitting together, touching and listening to lovely music, and breathing long deep breaths. We walked in the foothills. We sat together and watched night fall. We remembered family of our heart, close friends, with us despite the distances walking through our minds and making us smile with their thoughtfulness. We sang. We ate. We shared ourselves without distraction and in doing so became part of the magic.

It our hope that today gave each of you an opportunity to experience the beautiful wonder and to

Help a Stranger
Praise a Child
Love a Pet
Light a Candle
Share Your Love
Sing for Joy
Lend a Hand
Pray for Peace

Wishing each and every one of you the gifts of peace, hope and love today and everyday of the year.
Merry Christmas Day!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Your post is filled with love and we can feel it. Your heart and soul is feeling and talking, and sharing,.. and reaching out to the simple, beautiful- deep meanings of Christmas and everyday.

TwoSpecialWires said...

You were with us today, in many ways. We owe you an update ... but for now let us simply say, "Thank you. And, we love you."

Amber DaWeenie said...

We could feel the love all the way across the country after reading your post.

Wishing you Happy Holidays and many blessings in the upcoming new year.


Piappies World said...

A blessed Christmas to you and your family!

the Piappies - Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

Brian said...

Those are purrfect things to do each and everynday!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy WDA, what a wonderful way to spend Christmas Day. After all, isn't it about spending time with the ones you love. Thanks for a lovely post. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Sagira said...

That sounds like the perfect way to spend the day! Merry Christmas to one of the mst loving families I know.

Kari in Vegas said...

Merry Late Christmas

Stop on by for a visit