Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas is almost here...

I was at the mall today, getting some last minute shopping done. It was packed, lineups everywhere, and I loved every second of it! It is a great sign, that people are starting to feel confident again after the economic train wreck of the last couple of years. At least I hope we are on the mend.

Why is it that people  seem friendlier at this time of year? There seems to be some positivity in the air, almost like a magical spell has been cast. Yes I know what you may be thinking, there are also those who get so stressed and cranky, and the crazy drivers that almost run you over to get to a parking spot...but other than that, haha! I'm taking about people smiling more, even when in a line up, of wishing strangers a Merry Christmas, and connecting with each other if only for a brief moment.

Contrast this with the fact that this time of year can also be the most depressing for some people dealing with loss of a loved one, loneliness, depression, or illness. Christmas seems to magnify their pain. Watching others smile and feel joyful can make you seem smaller and lonelier. I wish I could do something make them feel better, unfortunately we all have to walk our paths alone, but if you can possible reach out to someone who may need a helping hand, please consider doing so. There are many people struggling right now, I have seen it in person, and in the blogging world. Sometimes all it takes is a kind word to let them know they matter.
What if we took just a single moment to look in someone's eyes, wish them a Happy Holiday, and silently bless them? Just so they know that they are not alone? Not only would they feel better, but you would too. The giver of the blessing receives as much as the recipient . Let's try and fill this beautiful  earth of ours with loving energy!

Well, we are getting down to the wire, and after I finish this post, I will sit down and watch another Christmas movie. One I saw a few days ago called 'Eve's Christmas' was sooooo boring! The bridal shop scene was so bizarre, it didn't belong in this movie. I had such high hopes, and felt like I wasted 2 hours of my life....consider yourself warned :-)

Yesterday I watched 'A Boyfriend for Christmas'  a cute sweet romantic movie. It's the perfect movie to pop into the DVD player, and relax with. It is about a woman who gave up on Christmas a young girl when she didn't get her wish. Fast forward 20 years, she is still single, but Santa has other plans.

Next on my list to watch in the next few days is National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, a classic! I never tire of this one, or 'A Christmas Story' , or even Elf, which I think will be around for a long time. So many movies, so little time!! Ok, enough of me babbling on about movies, I am off to watch one.
Feel free to comment with your favorite movies, or music,


icandy... said...

what a sweet post and a wonderful reminder of what the season is truly about.
blessings and happy holidays to you!

Nicola said...

I really enjoy National Lampoons Christmas, when he lights up his house it always makes me laugh, it's becoming a tradition to watcht his one with the hubby now and it's on telly on Christmas eve so that will be fun ;0)Love your angel, the little heart on her cheek is so sweet!!

Marlene said...

Christmas Story and Scrooge are at the top of my list.

Merry Christmas Betty!

Sue said...

A lovely post! I was out today and also thought how nice people seemed. It takes so little time to
smile and greet someone and you never know if that someone may be having a bit of a hard time of it this time of year.

Thanks for the movie suggestions. I think I will avoid Eve's Christmas! LOL

I love your angel! Beautiful!


slommler said...

Yes! 'Tis the season! I too love Christmas is great! I also love Scrooged with Bill Murray. And "It's a wonderful life" and all the Christmas Carol ones!!

MagicMarkingsArt said...

I bet everyone feels grateful after "bumping" into you while shopping. Your attitude and spirit are what makes this time of year so special! Have a wonderful Christmas and a bright and shiny New Year!

Mónica Zúñiga said...

Hello sweet heart! Merry cchristmas and may you have a fantastic year of great inspiration and let`s keep the spirit you talk about the whole year or at least the most we can, it sure benefits us and the entire world! It is amazing that all it takes is to smile to others to feel great and make others feel the matter, it`s soooo true!
Bleesings and Merry Christmas!

Julie-ann Bowden said...

No matter where we are we love Christmas films. One of my favorites, which was on in uk boxing day (not really a Christmas film as such) It was great to watch is Howles Castle I think I may of spelt howles wrong. About a witch of the west taking the youth from a young girl, as an old lady she finds Howle castle and ends up being a cleaning lady for him. The old lady reminds me of my nana solly so much. I think it is a Disney film. Have you watched it?
Similar to an anima but not so much on the fighting thing. More a good story.

Thank you so much for your lovely message, I jsut imagined you drivbing home in the snow and tired, just ready for a nice hot drink a bit of blogging, then a nice film.
Renee in your heart and mind.

Bless you so much! You are so right about how different many peoples lives are. Being you makes this whole world brighter and happier!
Have a great day!



Poetic Artist said...

Wonderful post.
Merry Christmas my friend.

readingsully2 said...

Way to go, Betty. Great post. :)

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Betty, I can't belive tomorrow (ummm well technically today) is Christmas Eve already! WOW! Great post!

I saw "Eve's Christmas" last year and hated it too! Lol

I haven't seen the others yet! I have a few tivo'd to watch soon!

Merry Christmas everyone!


Renee said...

Reaching out to others is always a wonderful idea.

Merry Christmas dear Betty.

Love Renee xoxo

Bone*Head*Studios said...

What a lovely sweet post Betty !!!
Thank you for the heads up on the movies too, I know what you mean about wasted time, after we watch dumb and dumber we both looked at each other and said " What were we thinking ? "That's time that we will never get back..."