What If Wednesday: The Real Christmas Spirit?

Holy Night, Christmas, Savior is Born, Wise Men

What if people truly observed and celebrated what they exclaim the spirit of Christmas is all about? Would wars cease and there be peace? Would there be more love instead of hate? Would we really feel better to give more than we receive? What if?

#WhatIfWednesday

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Chariot of Poinsettias on National Poinsettia Day

National Poinsettia Day, Poinsettia, Christmas Flower

What do you think about when you see a poinsettia? When a poinsettia captures my attention I naturally think about the festive burst of nostalgia and celebration this flowering plant brings during the holidays. Although there are over 100 species and many in other colors, we typically recognize the traditional blood red color of its flower that graces many homes during this time of the year. To commemorate the celebration of this beautiful flowering plant, today I pause to spotlight National Poinsettia Day!

Great Poinsettia

oh beautiful plant
flower of the Holy Night
festive at Christmas

©Kym Gordon Moore

National Poinsettia Day, Christmas Flower, Poinsettia

National Poinsettia Day, Christmas Flower

Poinsettia, Christmas Flower

Poinsettias

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National Poinsettia Day, Christmas Flower

Poinsettia

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Poinsettias, Christmas Flower

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Poinsettia, Christmas Flower

Dusting Off Thanksgiving, Peace, Love and Joy

Thanksgiving, Joy, Peace, Love

This time each year, when I read greeting cards or listen to people’s perspective of why we celebrate the Fall/Winter holidays as we do, the same thing is repeated year, after year, after year…like a memorized speech.

Are the spiritual virtues of Thanksgiving, peace, love, and joy only unwrapped and dusted off for perhaps a couple of weeks…maybe…and then back in the box they go? Do we only express our love and affection on Valentine’s Day? Do we only recognize giving thanks and giving back on Thanksgiving Day? Do we only recognize and embrace joy and peace on Christmas Day?

Instead of showcasing these important characteristics primarily during the holidays, why not put these spiritual elements into play every day? Can you imagine how much better humanity would be?

My Thanksgiving Wish

Happy Thanksgiving, Gratitude, Thanksgiving Day

Throughout the week, I wrote about some element in our life that gives us the opportunity to be thankful for. As I reflect periodically on the news reports that leave us feeling hopeless, bewildered, and defeated I try to shift my thoughts on recognizing the gifts of gratitude that surrounds us every day. I try not to allow the senseless, challenging things in life to overshadow my feelings of being grateful for each breath I take and the people I love that surround me.

So, today we have arrived at Thanksgiving Day. It is my wish that you truly enjoy this day with friends, family or neighbors as you embrace the heartwarming love shared with others. Yes, many retailers are having some amazing sales today, but I hope you do not spend more time with them than you will with loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Fiestas Patrias, Chile’s Independence Day Celebration

Ah, the jubilation, liberation, and celebration of declaring independence. Such declaration for change is of great historical significance for generations to commemorate in years to come.

Fiestas Patrias is a Spanish phrase meaning “Patriotic Holidays” or “National Holidays”. Although in Mexico it refers to a set of Mexican holidays, in Chile it means the Independence Day celebration of Chile. This celebration lasts for two days, September 18-19.

Fiestas Patrias is often referred to as the Dieciocho, or “18th” within Chile. This holiday in Chile commemorates the proclamation of the First Governing Body of 1810 beginning on September 18. On September 19 the day is known as the “Day of the Glories of the Army”.

Independence Day in many cultures is observed with great festivities to honor this momentous occasion. In Chilean culture, traditional activities associated with the Dieciocho include Chilean rodeo, dancing the cueca (a family of musical styles and associated dances from Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia), going to fondas (places that sell food and beverages during the Fiestas Patrias), and barbecue.

#HappyFiestasPatrias

All You Who Labor

Labor Day, Happy Labor Day, Work, Workers, Laborers

Ah, Labor Day! This annual celebration honors the American labor movement and contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the United States of America. As I think about workforces around the country observing this day, I am emotionally reminded of this Bible verse,

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28

Many people have the day off from work, and it also serves as a signal to many that summer is over, although it officially ends on Friday, September 22, 2017. So whether you commemorate this day by grilling out, embarking on some adventurous leisure pursuits or simply basking in relaxation, make it a spectacular day!

#HappyLaborDay

Let Freedom Ring on Independence Day

4th of July, Indepenence Day

Happy 4th of July!

As we recognize this Independence Day, let us never forget nor take for granted the sacrifices that were made in the past to enjoy the freedom we have today.  Have a safe and fun-filled 4th of July!