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Seriously, God Bless Us, Every One!

Posted on: December 22, 2010

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Cuddly as a Cactus

For the past few years, I’ve made it a habit to change my Instant Messenger avatar to the Grinch as my way of letting the world know how I truly feel about the holiday season. I have several reasons for dreading the month of December which thankfully isn’t the purpose of this post. However, despite my desire to remain cuddly as a cactus until the new year, I do find myself enjoying a few Christmas traditions.

One of those traditions is watching at least one variation of A Christmas Carol. While the original is a great version, I actually enjoy the knock offs more (who would ever have thought I would recommend a knock off of anything). One in particular is Ebbie, played by the Daytime Emmy snubbed Susan Lucci, as she works her way up the department store career ladder to find herself bitter, alone and…well a scrooge. Despite how poorly acted, written and shot this adaption of A Christmas Carol is, I always settle in to watch it, at least up until the part when Tiny Tim begins singing a painful version of “Angels We Have Heard on High”.

So why do I eagerly await the showing of this classic christmas tale? Well, because of the moral. At the end, when the Scrooge character wakes up full of the Christmas spirit, and realizes that he or she should have been giving not taking, that life is too short for frugality and resentment, and that this is the time of the year to spend with your family and friends, I can’t help but get teary-eyed. I hate to say this, but I am a little like Scrooge. I don’t enjoy this time of year, but after watching that movie I remember that being surrounded by people I love and who love me is a blessing.

This past weekend was another one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season; my girlfriends’ annual holiday party. We eat, drink fancy cocktails, and laugh so hard we shed tears. I wish I could tell you exactly what is so funny, or why such an electic group of women have so much fun together, but in my heart I know it’s simply the bond of friendship. Thinking back on the year my friends endured, I realized that:

  • One of us became a mother;
  • Another lost a very important person in her life;
  • A few of us struggled to find good jobs in a tough economy;
  • Two of us worked hard to raise beautiful and smart daughters;
  • Half of us fought to maintain a healthy relationship with our mothers;
  • Some of us endured a lonely night or two in search of the one;
  • And all of us were there for each other through it all.

So this holiday season I’m going to remember to smile a bit more as I cherish the times I spend with those I love and thank God for truly blessing us, every one. Seriously!

Smerry Christmas Ladies!

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5 Responses to "Seriously, God Bless Us, Every One!"

I, too, had my annual holiday dinner party this weekend with my closest friends and it was similar to the way you and your friends congregated. It’s the true friends, laughs, joys, and retrospectives that really make the holidays special to me. Enjoy your holiday =)

My wish for Christmas every year is that people realize that’s its a day once a year that people share more, people say Merry Christmas to someone they don’t know, someone goes to church that day, someone turns there life around, some people volunteer and give back, someone received a gift of happinesss, someone gets a visit , whatever! the reason .Christmas brings joy to someone/somebody who may have never had or felt it before. So if we can all keep that in mind, maybe everybody would say its one of my Favorite Days of the Year! After all isn’t that why Jesus was born. Its not a bad day, It’s a Wonderful Time of the Year!

OK, so I know it is no surprise, but this brought a tear to
my eye (and down my cheek!). The power of friendship is truly
amazing and I know that I would not have made it through this year
without it. I am blessed to have you, and the rest of the James
Doodiers in my life. Thank you.

AMEN and ditto Kathy!! Seriously

At the beginning I thought I would laugh until I cried, at
the end I cried real tears through the Joy you bring me everyday of
my life. Family and true friends are both hard to find, hard to
hold onto and hard to maintain. The best we can give them is our
love and support when they struggle and when they celebrate. Merry
Christmas My Little Miss Scrooge! (your true heart is showing, and
it is almost too big for your chest) God Bless Us, Every One! Much
love, Mother

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