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After Christmas Sales
are YOU out there exchanging
gifts … seeking bargains?

South Coast Plaza Mall
views during the holiday
season … delightful

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and to see more South Coast Plaza Views shared previously
at Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations

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My World, Ruby Tuesday and Color Carnival

Thought for Today
“Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.” Kin Hubbard

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This version is beautifully sung by children
with baby photos by Anne Geddes and always reminds me
of what Christmas is really about. Enjoy!

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Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Thought for Today
“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”
Janice Maeditere

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Thanks to Hot Mama Mia at The Pittsburg Deli for sharing this creative rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus. I couldn’t resist sharing this one … just because so ENJOY if you have 3 minutes and could use a laugh 😉

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If you enjoyed this you might also like
Straight No Chaser’s unique A’Capella versions of:
12 Days of Christmas
Carol of the Bells

Thought for Today
“If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Festive mailboxes
greet the postman … waiting for
holiday greetings

Straight out of the camera above
and Poster Edges below

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Thought for Today
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!”
Hamilton Wright Mabie

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This version is beautifully sung by children
with baby photos by Anne Geddes and always reminds me
of what Christmas is really about.  Enjoy!


Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Thought for Today
“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”
Janice Maeditere

… I just returned from the Post Office to drop off the last batch. I mailed most of them yesterday before 5:30pm.

Thanks to everyone for all the kind words about my unique cards. I’ve been creating my own each year since 1989. Before that my ‘ex’ (who’s very artistic) created our ‘stylized, non-traditional’ cards.

This is the 3rd (or perhaps 4th) year I’ve used the computer to generate them. Before that I did them by hand and had them printed at Kinkos.

Public Service Announcement!
If you’re a coffee drinker, Starbucks has all their coffee beans on sale at 20% off until December 31st … so I stocked up on Christmas Blend (regular & decaf), getting an EXTRA 10% off with my ‘card’ … pretty nifty, eh?

Here’s a bit of my favorite Christmas music
from James Taylor … Enjoy!

Handy time-saving tip:  If you right click on ‘comments’ (found at the TOP of the post under the title here at WordPress) to open in a new tab, you can listen while you type … Isn’t that fun?

Thought for Today
"It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to." Annie Gottlier

(after I write personal notes and address envelopes)
Sunday I created my 2008 Christmas Card from the following parts:
The giraffe bearing gifts on front …
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The two collages side by side on the back with
brief messages above & below:

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… blended together to look like this:

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Simply picture this folded in half vertically … with the giraffe on front and the collages on back.  That’s my card with a holiday message inside!

Thought for Today
“Remember this December
That love weighs more than gold!
Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

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1. Sunrise-Sunset, Blog Your Blessings, & Sacred Life Sunday are at Sacred Ruminations along with Monday Motivator

2. Two awards are up for grabs (to enjoy & share with others) along a variety of Christmas music & fun activities are at Small Reflections (see sidebar links).  I hope you can drop by when time permits.

3. The Lemonade Award is up for grabs on this blog along with other awards in my sidebar to snag, enjoy & share with others in the spirit of the holiday season.

4. Hootin’ Anni’s Christmas give away starts today!  Be sure to drop by … check out her 2008 Holiday Tour, Faces of Christmas and be sure to leave her comments.

5.  I’m delighted to share that it’s raining (finally) in Southern California … gently & steadily here at the beach … with snow falling at the 3000 feet level.

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I remember taking this quiz once before and sharing my results at Small Reflections (as part of a Whimsical Wednesday post), but when I saw it at Greyscale Territory on Friday and answered the questions again ... my results were different so I'm sharing here and will link the two posts for comparison.

What Tarot Card are You?

You are The Sun

Happiness, Content, Joy.

The meanings for the Sun are fairly simple and consistent.

Young, healthy, new, fresh. The brain is working, things that were muddled come clear, everything falls into place, and everything seems to go your way.

The Sun is ruled by the Sun, of course. This is the light that comes after the long dark night, Apollo to the Moon’s Diana. A positive card, it promises you your day in the sun. Glory, gain, triumph, pleasure, truth, success. As the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious, from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully consciousness and wide awake. You have an understanding and enjoyment of science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Thought for Today- "Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Life's Little Instruction Book

This was a 'sticky post' with Haiku Sky Watch Friday below
but now it's not!

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Click to listen to Straight No Chaser sing their unique version of 12 Days.

If you wish, click to listen to Straight No Chaser perform while you watch this animation.  It will open in a new window.  Click there to start the video and return to this page … or enjoy both separately as you choose. Happy Holidays!

PS - If there are any WordPress users out there who know how to 'embed' a video in a post, I'd love to learn ;--)

Sandy of Momisodes came to the rescue! Thank you Sandy!!! The link to the directions showed me I what I needed to add to the URL to make the embedded code work. I'm such a happy camper today ;--)
Hugs & blessings,

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I'm a happily retired teacher. Originally blogging as storyteller, I've changed my avatar early in 2010 to reflect my recent growing interest in photography. You might recognize me from one of my three original Blogger-based sites:

Small Reflections

Sacred Ruminations

Blog Rolls, Bling and Blurbs

If you don't, click to learn more about me.

Welcome to my first WordPress site. I hope you'll look around, leave me a comment or two, and check back as often as time permits.

Hugs and blessings,
happily retired gal
(formerly known as storyteller)

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