Christmas Wish

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On this beautiful sunny and warm Christmas morning, I wanted to wish all of my on-line friends a happy and joyous Christmas. My wish for you all is that your getting to spend this time enjoying the company and spirit of your families and friends. The greatest gift you can give is that of your presence. If you can’t be there yourself, give them a call and say hello. As Alexys says over at Soul Meets World says, The Best Gift is your presence.

There is one other thing I have been thinking of. There are a lot of people who can not be with their family and friends this Christmas. Because they have dedicated themselves to serving their countries and protecting the ideals that represent those countries. I wish for them a quiet and peaceful holiday season, one that has no need of their services. Please take a moment and think of the sacrifice they have given, and send some good thoughts their way.

I hope everyone has a happy and wondrous holiday season, and great new year.

P.S. I'll be gone for the next few days, doing what I love. So I'll get back to you all on my return.

PPS.  Join me Saturday morning at 7:00 AM Blogger time.  I'll have a special treat for you.

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derfina said...

Thank you, Eric. Every time someone takes the time to stop and think about our servicemen and women, I count it as someone praying for my son. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Melissa Ward said...

May the spirit of the season bring you much happiness and joy!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Excellent reminder.

May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas. :)

Robert said...

on this wet and sloppy morning..:) Merry Christmas Eric

Allison said...

I too would like to Thank You for remembering our service personnel on this day,
Merry Christmas!

Eric S. said...

@ Derfina, consider him added to our prayers, Thank you and merry Christmas.

@ Melissa Thank and I'll send the greeting right back at you. I loved the story of your Christmas traditions and the meal you made.

@ Sandee, thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

@ Robert, I',m hoping you get some sunshine, merry Christmas.

@ Allison, Thank you they are why we can do what we do. Merry Christmas.

Tara R. said...

Thank you for remembering our service men and women this Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you and yours too!

Kay said...

This is a beautiful and important post. We definitely need to remember those brave ones who have given their lives for our country and those who are presently putting themselves in danger in our name.
Merry Christmas, Eric!

Pearl said...

Hurry back! Bring me a present!


Jena Isle said...

Enjoy your time out Eric, Happy holidays.

Shadow said...

thank you for your wishes. i hope your christmas was a beautiful as you envisioned it to be. enjoy what you're off to do and see you soon!

Myst_72 said...

Wishing you a happy holiday season Eric,


maggie's mind said...

Hope your Christmas was merry and that you are enjoying yourself. Indeed, so very sad all the families that will no longer be whole again at Christmas or for birthdays or for other special times. Or just every day times. My heart is sad but grateful for their service. Thank you for remembering and reminding me to remember, too.

tashabud said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration. Enjoy your time in the outdoors.


Cloudia said...

Wild blessings to you, Eric!

Kel said...

Happy Holidays dearling

Momisodes said...

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for the reminder. This time of year is indeed tough for those missing loved ones.

Kate said...

Yep, this is a great time of year to remember to pray for all our troops and their families. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

soulMerlin said...

Hi Eric! ~ I agree absolutely. I had a wonderful christmas with Liz and I hope your Christmas was the best you could wish for yourself and your family and friends. I tried the video, but it seems to be no longer available - no worry, your thoughts and sentiments are enough.

Merry Christmas


Eric S. said...

@ Tara, I couldn't forget them, Thank you.

@ Kay, Thanks, I always think it's important for people to remember our young men and women sacrificing and serving for our ideals.

@ Pearl, LOL, OK I'll see what I can dig up from the trip.

@ Jena, I did, I did, and I'll have a couple good posts to show for it. Thanks.

@ Shadow, Thank you, we had a nice Christmas, nothing spectacular, but this year that's OK.

@ Myst, Thank you, I hope you had a nice Season also.

@ Maggie, Yes it was merry, and I always enjoy myself. Yes we do seem to forget there is far more sacrificed than what is right there on the surface.

@ Tasha, I did enjoy my time, but then I do anytime I'm out there. Thank you and I hope you had a great celebration also.

@ Cloudia, Aloha, and blessings to you also.

@ Kel, Yes sis happy Holidays, I hope you had a good time with your special duties.

@ Momisodes, Thank you, and I hope you had a very special Christmas also.

@ Kate, Yes it is nice to remember those special people, and all they do. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas too.

@ Henry, Thank, We had a very nice holiday. I'm glad you and Liz enjoyed your celebrations. Those videos come and go at times. Happy New Year.

Liara Covert said...

This festive season reminds me of reasons I have to be grateful for people who exist in my life and also those who have quietly passed through. For example, my maternal grandparents passed on in 2007. They are no longer in the physical world. Nonetheless, I relish happy memories of what festive seasons were like when they were part of it in a more physical way. I have other relatives who are facing daunting health and emotional challenges this Christmas season. Each one chooses to take things one day at a time. I love and encourage everyone to be themselves and live each moment to the best of their ability. Not an instant is wasted. They appreciate where they are, what they have already done, and what they have planned through the recovery to a different level of awareness and well-being.

Eric S. said...

Liara, yes indeed, those special memories are the ones that sustain us, and keep us going, yet never forgetting the one who are still here. I applaud your family for their approach to their daily life. It can't be easy, but I think it's the best way. May you have a beautiful 2009, and be allowed to share as many moments with those you cherish as often as possible.

Kel said...

The "special duties" busted my butt!!! LOL. We were posted to the kitchen, all three of us, and during our shift (1 to 6) the center fed almost 3,000 people; mostly families with young children, thought there were many elders and the usual assortment of down-on-their-luck homeless alcoholics and drug addicts.

It was exceptionally well-organized though, my hat's off to the local folk that organize this every year.

But the small of my back, my knees, my thighs muscles, and the joints of my elbows and knuckles were swollen and tender for most of three days recupperating. I mostly washed dishes, while the RanDawg and JulieBug prepared a steady stream of mashed potatoes, corn and dressing, but we also were the team members doing the swap out of the turkey, ham, and yams from the commercial ovens to the servers outside the kitchen (hence the tender thigh muscles from the deep squats with heavy pans in and out of the ovens).

It was an interesting experience. And very fulfilling, especially to see the thinner elders sitting down to plates piled high with good wholesome holiday food.

Aferwards, the three of us went for cervesa and tacos at a small family-run tacoria on Todos Santos square that we were surprised to see open (being Xmas, most retaurants in the area were closed), and then on to a movie at the cineplex in Concord, as we were yet too "pumped" from the manic pace of the cooking frenzy to be ready to head home and relax.

We saw "The Spirit." Good old-fashioned, richly-stylized, escapist cinema, would enjoy it as a double feature with "Sin City."

Eric S. said...

Kell, sounds to me like you had a grand time, even with the work. I bet it was rewarding.

Kel said...

Yes ~ though exhausting, it was, indeed, a grand time and we felt our karma meters were registering a full tank again *wink*.


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