Dec 28, 2007

New Year's Countdown — Times Square

Vintage Postcard of Times

As we count down to 2008, I thought it would be fun to take a vintage look at a monumental timekeeper: Times Square. What a slice of history! Talk about saying bye-bye to bygone days! I have only visited Upstate New York. Have you been to Times Square?

Dec 27, 2007

The Results of the "Interactive Christmas Story"

[Two posts ago, I invited my blog buddies to help me write an Interactive Christmas Story—one sentence at a time. Being that not everyone identified themselves, the participants may be viewed 2 posts down under comments. With 21 submissions to work with, I then began to weave the story together by refining the continuity, editing repetitive thoughts or words, and working toward an ending that makes sense. I did my best to stay as close to the original comments as possible. Thank-you so much for your wonderful images and enthusiasm!]

Written by a circle of romantic hearts...

Charisse held the gift in her palm uneasily. Her lack of emotion seemed so discordant with the thrill that had driven the hunt. After all, she had spent an exhausting three weeks pursuing what she believed to be the perfect Christmas gift. Now, as she wrapped her fingers around the prize, she sensed that there was something missing...

Her mind swirled just thinking of all the time she had devoted to finding the perfect gift. She cuddled it close—careful not to crush it—as she also considered the one who was to receive it. This gift had taken so long to find and yet she realized it was incomplete, it wasn't perfect…

She reflected back to the first moment she had seen it; so beautiful and beckoning her from the highest shelf in her favorite store. She had it wrapped in blue with velvet ribbon that she petted as if it were a kitten.

She recognized that she was devoid of the exhilaration she dreamed she would feel at the completion of her mission. Now she was beginning to think that the perfect gift had more to do with the spirit of the giver rather than the gift itself. And her spirit just was not in it this year.

"Oh sweet nibblets, whatever shall I do," gasped Charisse. “Must I return this gift to find the true Spirit of Christmas?” Suddenly, a vision of Christmas Past stopped her in her tracks as an inaudible voice emphasized, "The perfect gift is your companionship on Christmas Day." She agreed that there were too many Christmas's in the past where they had both focused on the gift and not the giver.

Perhaps she needed to add a beautiful card; a card that showed her warmth and personality, something he had not truly understood—or so she thought! So, she set off pursuing again, this time for what she believed to be the perfect card.

Later at the card counter of one of the village shops, she found it—the card that captured the emotions tumbling between the two of them all of these years! It was a handmade card—not for sale—tucked in amongst the cards gleaming with glitter and sparkle, but lacking refinement. Who had created it?

While pondering this cut-and-paste, haphazard greeting, Charisse began to laugh—not so much at the card, but at herself. This card was not a carbon copy but a one-of-a-kind. It reminded her of the relationship the two of them shared. The edges had an uneven deckle-cut design and the center contained a small window in which to peek at the one word that summed it all up. Charisse thought, "I’ve been searching so hard, and here—in all its simplicity—is the true expression of my feelings."

And that one simple word was LOVE; a message with such power that it brought tears to her eyes. She now understood that imperfection had become the messenger.

Dec 25, 2007

Christmas Blessings!

C H R I S T M A S !

My family is awakening with expectation and the hope of Christ! Before embarking on my day, I wanted to extend Best Blessings to all of my blog buddies! I must be craving sweets because I pictured the globe as a big scoop of vanilla ice cream with my affection spreading luxuriously—like rich chocolate syrup—to every part of this luscious orb! I pray that all of YOU are enjoying this delicious day of celebration and miracles!

If you are curious about how Santa got along last night, check out the Santa Claus Blog!