Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Mary-ness

"4 Candles to Illuminate the Christmas Cookies I'll Sneak from the Kitchen and Eat in a Closet"
by Thomas Boulan

Today is Christmas Eve, a day on which people will engage in activities as varied as attending Midnight Mass, shopping at gas stations and drug stores for last-second gifts, eating Chinese food, cursing while trying to put toys together according to incoherent schematics, watching "A Christmas Story," making pierogi or serving 7-course seafood feasts, stuffing stockings and leaving cookies for Santa ... an entire buffet table of choices, each continuing a tradition whether cultural or religious or individual.

And so, in honor of that variety (and because we all know how notoriously bad I am at making decisions!), today I'm offering an assortment of my own: one of Tom's beautiful artworks, which began life as a simple photo of our menorah at Chanukkah, as well as a most festive and fabulous song. These are bestowed as gifts to my friends and followers, albeit without a bow or curling ribbon or wrapping paper.

In closing, let me also share a strikingly poignant note that I found while perusing a display of Christmas cards as I waited for a friend who works at an office which serves the homeless and mentally ill; this was written in one of the cards, and it truly brings tears to my eyes each time I read the words:

"Thank you all for helping me find & keep a Home where I can have a Christmas."

How many Christmases did he wake up, knowing what day it was and feeling alone, forgotten, heartbroken ... and cold??? (His card also offered prayers for those who are still outside or in tents.) How many times did he feel isolated, not a part of the festivities and the joy of a day which clearly means so much to him??? If only we could all be so grateful for our blessings and for the important people in our lives, and have such a deep appreciation of the specialness of the season! I do hope that all his hopes and dreams come true, however simple or grand his plans are for celebrating.

May all of you receive the most precious gifts this Christmas:
peace, love, health and happiness. Each is more priceless than any material item, and I wish them to you with all my heart ... :)

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Sheila said...

The saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is true for everything. The card you read showed that an absence of a home can really make you appreciate it when you get one back. My wish is that everyone could have this gratefulness without having to go through that absence.

Mary, you are a wonderful person. I'm so happy I've found you. Thank goodness for the internet! Merry Mary-ness! And, Happy Christmas!


Karen Harris said...

Ah, beautifully said my friend! Happy Christmas to you, Tom and Jeremy.

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Merry Christmas Mary! Thank you for making my blogosphere a little warmer & brighter with your wonderful attitude and positive outlook :)

Leanne said...

What a wonderful post, Mary. I wish you the merriest of days, dear friend. It's been a joy getting to know you through your heart felt posts. Your wit, wisdom, and recipes (can't forget those) have warmed my heart so many times this year. I am honored to call you my blogfriend!

Chef Dennis Littley said...

Everyone deserves someplace to call home, where they can feel safe and warm. Thank you for reminding us how fortunate we are.
Have a wonderful Christmas my friend

Robin said...

Homelessness has been on my mind, too. Ah Mary, do you feel the winds of change about to blow? You do? Me too. Love is a powerful force.

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

thank you so much for this beautiful message....Merry Christmas to you both!

Cranberry Morning said...

The photo is amazing. I love it!

Miriam said...

You're fabulous Mary!! I hope you're having a very happy holiday weekend :)! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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