4th Advent Sunday

Well for my 4th Sunday in Advent I had a great time. I had a little party, all for myself. We made wonderful hamburgers and had wonderful treats. I love the lights I had on in my Christmas tree. I love Christmas trees and Christmas lights.

The most important part of my Advent celebration that day was the wonderful feeling that I had of accomplishment for celebrating the Advent each of the four Sundays. I’ve wanted to do that for a very long long time, and I did it! It made me very happy. As someone who loves to celebrate holidays, lots of different kinds, I was happy and excited to be able to do this. It also brought me such a sense of accomplishment, because I had been trying to do some Advent celebrations for many years.

My celebration was only halfway through when I started making plans for the coming year’s Advent celebration. What I really knew from managing to celebrate this year is that it is lots easier for me to have low expectations and to start very very small. Doing it has given me a boost to my self-esteem, accomplishing something new is always a big deal for me and doing this brought me happiness and self-esteem. I hadn’t counted on that, but it has been great. Yes I did something that I wanted to do for a long time.

I plan on slowly to add to the holiday celebration by planning ahead, and starting to get supplies and making a few crafts months in advance.I think that is all doable.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas beloveds!

I hope you all have a good time today, one filled with peace, love, and light, even if you have to be alone to find it.

Good and healing thoughts to yous and to those you love.

Letter to Santa From The Littles

Dear Santa,

Before writing to you we discussed with Kate what kind of things to ask for. She wanted us to be realistic, not in the things we asked for, but for the intangibles that we wanted to ask for from you as well. Okay we will try to be more realistic in that way, and not ask for world peace, for example, which is what we have always wanted more than anything else in the world, and instead ask for tangibles and some intangibles thrown in as well, things that we would like to happen in our life for us Littles.

I hope that you won’t think we are writing to the point of avarice and that we understand that many of the things we ask for might not come in the morning, but have to wait for a while and might come from others or Kate. We understand. We really do. We are very patient. Sometimes it is important to wish for something, so that your wishes can get out into the universe.

We have several small balls, but we don’t have any big balls and we would like some. Since we have a glove, we would like a softball, and a football, and a volleyball, and a basketball, and a soccer ball. We also would like to have two badminton racquets, so we can play with someone else if we ever find someone to play with, and lots of shuttlecocks so that we have plenty to play with without having to get up and retrieve them from where we are sitting.

We would also like to have lots more board games, cause we love them and have lots of fun playing them.

We recently saw a Trivia Seinfeld game that we think we would like a lot. Many of us Littles watched the show over the years it was on and since then as well. Though Kate has said that many of the topics on the show were adult and not something for us to watch, she has allowed us to continue being fans of the show. There are several Seinfeld games, so just to be sure you understand, we want the “Seinfeld Trivia game” and the Seinfeld Clue game would not go amiss either.

Mostly importantly, for the board games, are people wanting to play them and who have good sportsmanship when it comes to playing. Otherwise we can’t have any fun with the games.

A few potent words here, coloring books. We have them and some new crayons, but they stay new, we need time to color and more coloring books. Kate says no far too often.

This past year Kate bought us a lot of dolls and a couple of stuffed bears. But we would like some more stuffed animals, different kinds and some plastic animals as well. We just have a few dinosaurs and a rhinoceros right now. We would definitely like an elephant and a giraffe.

And the girls say that they would definitely love some more dolls, especially some ethnic little dollies that they love so much.

But us boys, Santa, we don’t have a lot of boy toys. we don’t have any Star Trek or Star Wars, but we would especially like some Star Trek toys. We would also like to be able to start a robot collection, nothing rare or expensive, just a few robots that we could put on a shelf would be great and we do look at the used stores, but lots of those are in bad condition and not worth having. We don’t have any hot wheels or tractors or fire trucks or barns or farms and seriously we would like to start getting something in that area of the toy department.

As well I know that we have lots of craft books, but not a lot of supplies and not a lot of crafting is going on. So that is another Santa wish for us.

Also dress up and fun clothes, feather boas, infinity scarfs, little hats, and as always comfortable clothes to bike in. Also someone to go biking with and to go to movies with. There are some great animated movies, fantasy and science fiction movies that we would love to see in the theater. We would love to go see the last Hobbit movie in the theater, if at all possible.

We would also like a nicer bigger apartment. Our apartment is so small, we’ve lived in studio apartments in the past that were even bigger than this one. And we would like to live somewhere with an elevator. Going up and down the stairs is very taxing for us right now and sometimes limits how much we get out and about.

We are on the waiting list for the apartment complex on the other side of downtown with bigger apartments and an elevator, which will be great to get to move there, Santa please say some good words for the people in charge of the list. We promise to be a good tenant there.

If we were really dreaming we would ask for a good treadmill, and a good stationary exercise bike. We have used ones that are very inexpensive, so the quality is not so good. We are using them and hoping for something better.

A new great bed would also be wonderful as that would do as much to improve our health as the exercise equipment. With our health issues we just don’t have good sleep and a great bed would hopefully help that.

Also dear Santa more doggies in our life. We love doggies. We promise to be good to them and to take care of them and love them and train them. We know we can’t afford to have one right now, financially and spacially. But more doggies in our life will brings lots more love, laughter, and happiness into it. So please Santa try to think of a way for us to be around doggies more.

Since we can’t have a doggie in our apartment could you please talk to Kate about talking to the apartment manager about what kinds of pets we could have. It says in our lease that we need written permission so we need to find out about that. A fish, even, might be nice.

Dear Santa thank you so much for reading our letter, caring and loving us and all the children of the world, for all the teens of the world, and for all the little children inside all of the adults of the world. We love you and you mean so much to us. You mean so much to us, all year round.

Good and healing thoughts to you, to your wonderful wife, and to all your helpers around the world.

With love and admiration,

The Littles

Healing Quotes, Christmas 25

Littles:

“And sleepless children’s hearts are glad

And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come!”

~ John Betjeman, from the poem Christmas

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“The love we’ve found, the love we’ve found, we carry it with us so we’re never quite alone.”

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~ Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol

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Teens:

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.”

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~ Alexander Smith

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“Happy Birthday to a guy who never called the poor lazy or fought for the wealthiest Nazarenes to get another tax cut”.
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~ John Fugelsang
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Kate:

“The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”

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~ Louisa May Alcott
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Christmas–that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance.”

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~ Augusta E. Rundell

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Christmas Quotes

Healing Quotes, Christmas 24

Littles:

“The shortest night of the year is Christmas Eve – from sundown to son up.”
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~ Burton Hillis
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“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.”

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~ White Christmas

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“Lucy: Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. At this time of year I think we should put aside all our differences, and try to be kind.
Charlie Brown: Why does it have to be for just this time of year? Why can’t it be all year round?
Lucy: What are you, some kind of fanatic or something?”
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~ Charles Schulz, Peanuts
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Teens:

“And there it is! Bravo! I knew it was only a matter of time before Byron realized he had an audience. That man is simply incapable of keeping his shirt on when there are spectators. One Christmas Eve, he stripped his shirt off right in the middle of the choir’s rendition of Oh Child of Bethlehem. Coincidentally, the next song was Come Let Us Adore Him and the imbecile actually launched into some interpretive dance.”
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~ Kirt J. Boyd, The Last Stop
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“My uncle Ernie didn’t believe in God.
At least that’s what he said. But he always
Went to church on Christmas. Which I thought
Seriously compromised his atheism.”

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~ Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
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“Of course, my Christmas is (so much more) gorgeous and romantic (than Germany’s)!! And unlike the rest of the world, we leave wine behind for Santa Claus!”
“So Santa-san is delivering gifts to children while driving under the influence . . . ?”
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~ Hidekaz Himaruya, Hetalia: Axis Powers, Vol. 2
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Kate:

“The time draws near the birth of Christ: The moon is hid;the night is still; the Christmas bells from hill to hill answer each other in the mist.”
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~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.”

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~ Bess Streeter Aldrich

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“Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes- goodwill among men and peace on earth.”
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~ Albert Einstein
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Give A Gift to Your Least Favorite Body Part

I read this suggestion in a book on ideas for Christmas activities.

I didn’t have any trouble at all in picking out the part of my body that I liked the least. It is my bottom. It has been least favorite for some time.

It is a part of my body that is easily triggered if touched in some way by others. And bizarrely people, especially women, back up into me, my bottom, that is. I suppose that is because I tend to avoid being near men, so when it happens it is usually a woman. But I also think it is that so many women do not have proper body boundaries and are often trained that it is alright to invade the space of children and other women.

I cannot imagine brushing up against another woman’s bottom, with my body, my purse, my store cart or anything else. I cannot imagine not looking where I am going or not caring about that. I cannot imagine conducting myself like this in public, in stores.

I have to say that it happens more often now since I have moved into my own apartment, the last 18 months. It happens a few times a month. I hate that! And that is very upsetting and disgusting and triggering to me. Despite the fact that I am more diligent and do more body boundary work, it is still happening.

The fact that I have a low back disability only exacerbates this issue, as a collision into my body while I am standing absolutely still is absolutely none of my fault and hurts my body and often that pain lasts for some time, often more pain over days.

As well there is decades of being judged by others for my body and the negative beliefs I have come to accept about my body and my bottom. Well I do believe that my bottom is my business and my business alone, so I don’t accept those negative, body-hating beliefs any longer, but still I have to admit I’m not as loving and kind to that part of my body as I know it deserves. So I am going to try to work on that.

So I decided to give the gift of body lotion for my least favorite body part and to use it. I usually have lotion. I often use it. But just on a few body parts. I guess the ones that I feel the least amount of triggering and upset feelings about. I will be using it on my body and trying to think loving thoughts to my body parts when I do it. But especially I am going to buy some wonderful lotion that is creamy soft and smells wonderful.

What gift would you give to what part of your body? How hard would it be to actually use your gift?

Good and healing thoughts to all our least favorite body parts.