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I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, blessings and abundance! Here in Virginia, the weather was beautiful with a sunny, warmer day for November. My family and I, got outside, played some football, had some laughs and enjoyed a wonderful meal my oldest daughter cooked for us. It all came together with everyone bringing a dish, dessert, extra chairs, a table cloth, etc. or whatever was needed for a larger dinner crowd. My parents were both there, in their mid 80’s and left before it got dark for their trek home.


During the day, we told stories and talked about our latest aches and pains, but never forgot how blessed we were to be there all together. We know, not all families have what some consider a traditional Thanksgiving, with the turkey and stuffing, vegetables, pies and football games. Many are homeless, estranged from loved ones, alone, seeking work and not fortunate enough to have family and friends to gather with. I know this and do my part to help throughout the year, giving to those in need, whether it be spiritual or physical. I do my best not to complain but ask for a little help now and then when my body feels the need to slow down and take a break. 

My message for today is about really giving from the heart and how for the Holidays we don’t have to buy anything to make others happy. What we give, truly give from within, is the most important thing. 

This time of year isn’t always easy for me, not because I get depressed, stressed or feel flustered about shopping, cooking and decorating, but because I feel so much of the energy floating around from others, that’s not positive or loving, but is more about buying, getting, taking, rushing, complaining, arguing, money and much more. I do my best to keep the true meaning of the holidays in my heart
all year long, having joy and peace within as much as possible. It makes me sad to see how some people act around the holidays. The meaning of the holidays is what’s most important, not how many gifts we buy, the amount of money we spend or if we can buy the biggest gift to try and please others. I can hardly stand watching the commercials on television promoting buying a car, diamonds or monstrous gifts or the attitudes of some children these days about the holidays. It has to begin at home; passing from one to another the real meanings, the traditions, what’s really important and how wonderful it is to really put some loving thought into what we do, how we act and our attitude of gratitude at this time of year and all year long. 

What are we teaching and learning? I find that the innocence of a child about the holidays is refreshing and true. I saw a television show during the weekend called, “Cancel
Christmas.” It was about re-birthing hope, trust, love and giving gifts of ourselves, from our hearts instead of buying gifts from a store. It was very heart warming and I cried when I saw people helping each other not because they had to, but because they wanted to. There was one part I really loved when the real Santa went to the local mall and children sat upon his lap, he asked them “what gift are you going to give your parents this year?” The children looked puzzled for a minute and said, “But I don’t have any money?” That’s when Santa told them, “Gifts don’t have to be bought, you can give a gift of helping with the dishes for a week or do something helpful around the house.” When pictures were taken of Santa, each picture showed him differently, as each child saw Santa in their hearts. Santa was a different nationality in every picture! I was amazed by this creative thought the writer came up with for this television movie. Yes, it was on television, but it had a wonderful message. It was on The Hallmark channel and this time of year, they show a lot of beautiful movies that truly touch our hearts. 

Every year, I do my best to spread holiday cheer and joy, reminding people of the most important things. I’ve always loved the feel in the air, how more than not, people have the holiday spirit. When I was about five years old, I would play Christmas  records on my small record player all year round, loving the way they made me feel when I thought about Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe, snow, the loving spirited stories, the
baby Jesus, the angels, the Christmas story, family, reindeer, decorations and so much more. I just loved the magical feeling and still do to this day. That’s one of the biggest reasons I do my best to keep the holiday spirit alive and well within me all year long, but especially during the Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas, or whatever people choose to call it for their own beliefs and way of life. 

This year and every year, give from the heart, choose gifts that feel good to give and don’t be so concerned if the receiver will think you spent enough. It’s true, “it’s the thought that counts,” and having a joy filled, no stress, loving holiday is the best gift we can give ourselves and others too. Choose to do things that feel good and not try to over do or just do too much. It’s not good when we dread the holidays coming, but when we look forward to them with the heart of a child and hold that feeling all year long! 

Happy Holidays and I wish you peace, love, joy and light always,
       Mysti~Fran 

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