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The Greatest Gifts Of All

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Just taking a quick moment at the beginning of this busy day to reflect on my blessings at this wonderful time of the year. My dear husband and I are enjoying our coffee before getting ready to go out for breakfast and finish a couple of last minute errands to prepare for our family gathering later this afternoon.

Although our finances have been diminished, I have thoroughly enjoyed shopping for Christmas presents this year, perhaps even more than in other years. I took the time to carefully select each item and wrap it beautifully. Our house has been decorated for weeks and looks warm and inviting. Our children will be joining us later in the day and the food is all prepared so I can just relax and enjoy this special time with them.

The greatest gifts of all to me are:

1. A warm and inviting home to welcome my family and friends.
2. The ability to purchase small gifts for each of them, chosen with love and care.
3. The blessing of being able to prepare and offer wonderful food to be enjoyed by us all.
4. The long-lived joy of having a husband who stands by my side through good times and bad.
5. Children who willingly travel and put aside other opportunities to be with us at this special time.
6. The love of friends, near and far, "real life" and "virtual".
7. Good health at this moment in time and, prayerfully, in the future to be able to look back and smile with fond memories.

My wish to each and every one of the wonderful SparkPeople I have encountered this year is a peaceful and joyful Holiday Season. May you be surrounded with the people you love and find pleasure in the simplest ways. I pray you make memories that will fill your hearts with gladness even at the darkest of times, should they come. You have given the gift of friendship to a total stranger and that is one of the greatest gifts of all!

Peace and tidings of comfort and joy!!!
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    3423 days ago

    Merry Christmas!
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    3424 days ago
    Hi Linda........
    emoticon for your beautiful blog. Your friendship has meant a lot to me and I thank you for it and for your understanding. In the years that I have been on Spark, I still think that what makes it work is the connectedness of its members. We are here for each other in good times and bad and it means so much.
    I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2012 filled with happiness and excellent health for you and yours.
    3424 days ago
    So happy to read this wonderful blog. We have much in common! You are sure to enjoy a very Merry Christmas!!
    3424 days ago
    That is a great Blo. Thank you and wishing you the best this Christmas.

    God Bless
    3424 days ago
    The perfect ways to celebrate and reflect on the Babe. I wish you the merriest of merry.

    3424 days ago
    Linda - thank you so much for your beautiful blog. I hope that you, your husband and your children have a wonderful Christmas, and I wish you all the blessings of the new year. Thank you for your friendship in 2011 and I look forward to it continuing and growing as we continue our Spark journey.
    3425 days ago
    Awww, hugs to you and Merry Christmas with all the blessings.
    3425 days ago
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    Linda, you brought tears to my eyes.
    Many gifts you have and many you share with us!
    Thank you and bless you!
    Merry Christmas!

    3425 days ago
  • SUZIEW27
    Linda--Have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!! Enjoy your time with family.

    Thank you for sharing your blessings!!
    3425 days ago
    Linda, wishing you and all your family a very Merry Christmas.
    Your blog was written so well, and I know how you are feeling. Everything this year has been hard for me, husband and my family with me going thru the cancer. I'm a survivor and doing well now. Hair is starting to grow back and I'm back to my dancing like we use to do every weekend!!

    My sister will be coming over tomorrow for our Christmas get together. Then she will drive me and her to visit my mom tomorrow in Orange City, FL.

    3425 days ago
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