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T’is a week before Christmas and not a decoration is hung.

How much of what we do at Christmas is for us and how much is for others? Of course, Christmas gifts are for others but I’m talking of our actions, more succinctly, my actions.

I LOVE Christmas.

I LOVE the glitter and glam of it all. I love white twinkly lights and silver and gold and red. I love baubles.

I LOVE MAGIC, Christmas is magical!

What I’m troubled by this year is my lack of desire to decorate. I even brought, from Canada, decorations; including some of my Santa Claus collection ~ the ones I most covet. Yet, I just can’t inspire my decorating mojo. It occurs to me that it’s because no one else will share it with me. My husband isn’t a Christmas guy so I won’t be getting an ‘atta gal’ from him. Our son, Joe, who decorates the tree with me every year ~ sigh ~ isn’t and won’t be here. Our daughter, who I share so many ‘pretty’ delights with won’t be with us either. Harumph! Bah hum bug!

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To get inspired, I’ve become a Christmas decorating stalker… pilfering inspiration from others…. if not this year, then next!

My middle name is Joy and I love living a life of joy so it delights me at Christmas to see the word ~ JOY ~ displayed at will. The angel holding it up makes it all the more special

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Want to add sparkle to your decorations and table settings? Add a mirror tray under them. Instant glam.

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As mentioned earlier, I collect Santa Clauses. These little fellers peaking out delight me.

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3 above images borrowed from http://www.rebeccaersfeld.com/

My Glamalicious pal, Melanie, flocked her tree blue. Creative, delightful, amazing.

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Sparkly and pretty ~ Christmas trees to inspire!

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Image borrowed from http://maison21.blogspot.com/

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Image borrowed from http://bulletwithbutterflywings.ca/

Precious.

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Image borrowed from http://alifesdesign.blogspot.com

Not into traditional Christmas trees

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Image borrowed from http://zsazsabellagio.blogspot.com

 Note to self… decorating can be simple.

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Image borrowed from styleathome.com

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Image borrowed from http://pinterest.com/pin/209558188880736998/

Don’t get lost behind the presents.

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Image borrowed from splendidsass.blogspot.com

NO PEEKING

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My Christmas wish-list, in no particular order:

  • That 6 month Hannah Gloria is healed through her heart surgery.
  • To be surprised from a Christmas visit from family ~ not likely but a gal can wish.
  • That my family is abundantly blessed, this Christmas and always.
  • That I finalize the colors for the inn and LOVE them.
  • That every child knows they are loved and safe.
  • That with one week to go, you’ll avoid the hussle and bustle, opting to create gifts with love, spend time with loved ones ~ even if that is by skype, phone and preferably in person.
  • That items everyone does purchase are bought locally ~ please support those in your community. 
  • That everyone I know will find one other person who is lonely, or who gets missed at Christmas and does something kind for them.
  • That we’ll all remember our planet  this holiday season and clean up our mess responsibly.
  • That all drivers will remember others on the road as the slogan goes ~ If you drink, don’t drive.

More than anything else, I truly desire:

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    This is one of the ways the people in our music mecca town celebrate.

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    May your Christmas be magical for you and yours.

    For the record, my life is magical and I’m super blessed and I ADORE my life! I’m just not into Christmas and I miss family at this time of year! Just sayin’

    Abundant blessings to all!

    Embrace LOVELAUGHTER and JOY.

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    Inspire someone today!

     Not feeling it? Be Kind. Be Generous. 

     

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    1. <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">LOL, Vicki. That does make me feel better. Chris and I talked last night and we’re going to throw a dinner party, great excuse to get it done! I miss YOU too! Merry Christmas!<br><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: separate; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-size: medium; "><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: separate; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-size: medium; "><div style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: separate; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-size: medium; "><div style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: separate; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-size: medium; "><div style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; "><div><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; "><font class="Apple-style-span" face="’Marker Felt’"><br></font></div></div></div></span></div></span></div></span></div></span><br class="Apple-interchange-newline"> </div> <br><div><div></div></div></body></html>

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