SPARK and Reminder

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Hello Monday again!   Time to SPARK………………What exactly IS this Monday SPARK thing we do?   Well, most of you know that Annie of McGuffy’s Reader – who started SPARKS – was hacked and has been on an extended break from blogging although her idea to spread some inspiration on Monday of every week goes on.   Many of us who participated in her SPARKS Blog Hop and found value in sharing a thought on Monday continue doing that to hopefully give each other a “Monday boost” – perhaps something to think about to inspire us in the week ahead OR help us deal with something that’s on our mind.    Why not join us by sharing something that SPARKS you?   It might just start a spark in us too.

I was thinking this morning about how Christmas kind of wakes up the child in us……we talk a lot with others about Christmas memories – things that stand out about Christmases of the past – particularly when we were kids.   I have tons of memories of Christmas but can’t seem to recall a lot of “normal/non-Christmas” type memories.    Funny how the brain plays tricks on us.   Anyway, I found this quote and it SPEAKS to the child in me and my thoughts of excitement at Christmas to this day……..maybe it will speak to you too?

Oh I love this one.    I hope you do too……………………..I don’t care if I’m 72 – I intend to be a big old kid at Christmas……………….why break a 72 year tradition????

Love, Pam

P.S.   What’s a Monday Sparks post without a reminder from Teddy (oops – I mean PROFESSOR Teddy) that tomorrow is TUESDAY TEASER.    Remember it’s going to pop up at a surprise time THEN you have to visit the blog, behave yourself in class, and check out the photo of some mystery spot in the world and be FIRST to tell Professor Teddy WHERE the photo was taken!    Oh boy.   Always fun!

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  1. I can’t wait for Christmas! I know that a lot of friends we made the last two years will be at the hotel again this year and it will be like a big party.
    I remember the stocking that was on the foot of the bed on Christmas morning. It always had nuts, an orange, chocolate coins, sweet cigarettes, chocolates and little knick knacks. Kids nowadays would be so disappointed to get that, but we were always excited to see what Father Christmas had left us. Then it was down to open our presents under the tree. Happy memories.

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    • You’re right – things have changed significantly over the years. I’m glad that you have holiday plans. We will spend Christmas with our wonderful neighbors. Teddy no doubt will spend it UNDER the tree where he has taken up residence. The stocking was my FAVORITE part (still is) of Christmas morning. David, Teddy and I have stockings and they always are filled with fun treats. We wish everyone a wonderful Christmas but ESPECIALLY you – when you live “on the edge” (as we know!) you savor every single day but holidays maybe most of all.

      Love and Hugs, Pam and Teddy

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  2. Oh, I do love that quote!!! So many folks say Christmas isn’t the same as it was when they were a child, and I think the “innocence” has much to do with that.
    Merry Christmas, and I know that you’ll celebrate to the fullest!

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  3. A beautiful thought for this time of year. A thought that we can carry with us every day in our heart. A sentiment that gives us the “go ahead” to just let that little kid out. I love this… it says so much. A lot of emotion tied into this quote. Merry! Merry!

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    • I loved the smell of the Christmas tree too – we never had candles on ours but I clearly remember how wonderful the “smell of Christmas” was – and I still get excited on Christmas morning to open my presents. I’m grateful that no matter how old I’ve become, I still FEEL like a child sometimes!

      Hugs, Pam

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        • That’s a great tradition. In my family we always opened up presents from friends, relatives on Christmas Eve then saw what Santa brought the next morning! Also in my family the BIG DINNER was Christmas day. I love traditions – and they are different – but one thing they ALL have in common is that they are HAPPY times. ❤

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          • True, Christmas has a special feeling. Among my dearest memories is one Christmas, when my elder brother got an electric race cars and a track for them. At night, after two o’clock I was still racing with Dad, all the others were already ösleeping. These are so small and even childish memories, but so important.

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          • I love those memories….I have one from my childhood – not sure how old I was – but a lot of noise woke me up – I could hear metal scraping and a man’s voice coming from our living room and decided Santa was putting gifts around the tree so fell back asleep – my Mom told me years later that what I heard was my Dad trying to put my metal doll house together and not having much luck! He did manage though – I loved that doll house.

            Hugs, Pam

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  4. Pam, the quote is perfect and so true. I do still believe in Santa and the magic of Christmas in my heart. Many good and blessed memories.

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  5. Such a great Spark. I love Christmas and the memories, but I always get sad this time of year as well. My grandpa was born on Christmas Eve, so we always had a birthday party that night, which was the highlight of Christmas. After he died, Christmas wasn’t the same, and then my Dad died the day after Christmas, totally taking the pizazz out of Christmas. It still is the best time of the year. Love and hugs, Janet

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    • Oh Janet I do know how you feel….My Mom and Dad both had birthdays in December and our family tradition was to get our tree on Mom’s birthday. I’m reminded all month long of missing them. They both would have turned 102 this month! As the years pass by and we lose friends and family our happy holidays morph into “mixed emotion” holidays. Still, if we believe spirits go on in some form, the day will come when you just might have a huge birthday party for your Grandpa in a much HAPPIER and PEACEFUL place than we are in now. Sending you love and light………….

      Hugs, Pam

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