Making your spirits bright and your home fires warm,
makes me think of our Winter’s blustery cold and the
upcoming holidays. There are several directions your
faiths and belief systems may go- Kwanzaa, Chanukah,
Christmas or other ways. You may not be living in a cold
climate, you may be in the exact opposite of my location,
being greeted daily with warm sunshine, gentle breezes.
Wherever you are, I try to write a monthly newsletter to
keep up with various customs, cultures and faiths.
Please feel free to add in the comments section, a special
family tradition to make this interactive and meaningful.
Thomas Kinkade’s ‘healthy habits’ message for December is:
“Take care of your body, keeping your
body running the way it is supposed to
can be effective in lifting your spirits.”
In a December issue of Prevention Magazine,
there was a list of “7 Foods to Keep You Healthy.”
I took the list and added a few personal favorite
ways to use these in the Season of Peace:
1. Eating almonds over the holidays will add some
much needed Vitamin E.
2. Serving different peas or beans, not only add
extra fiber to our diets, fill you up more, but also
give you a great source of Zinc.
3. The special addition to carrots, sweetens your
salads or grated can be added to various casseroles
(even mac and cheese), along with Vitamin A.
4. Mushrooms, cooked or raw give you Selenium.
They can be used in dips, stuffed caps or in gravies.
5. Drinking tea, either black or green, boosts your
antioxidants. Over a warming cup of tea, sprinkle a
dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to create some festive
6. Tomatoes give you Vitamin C, which can be so great
at fighting off colds. I like to have them in salads, but
also enjoy the way you can stuff them with crushed
croutons and Italian flavorings. Nutritionists advise
heating tomatoes releases more of its healing power.
7. Yogurt, which you can include in desserts, sauces and
dips gives you those probiotics that we all need, especially
as we get older.
Birthstone: Turquoise or blue peridot gemstone
I think of Poinsettias, when I think of December.
There are so many new and old books of Christmas,
along with other December holidays. This is a book
which can bridge any personal choices: “Rabbit’s Gift,”
by George Shannon and Laura Dronzek
(Harcourt Children’s Books) Snowfall, blue skies with
the beautiful effect of snowflakes and a message of hope.
Full Cold Moon.
Full Night’s Moon.
Pearl Harbor Day
Wherever you live, take some moments to
honor your heroes. Those who serve and
protect us and our freedoms deserve our
meditation and gratitude.
“Believe in a Higher Being.
Believe in others and yourself.
Believe in miracles and wonders.”
December 14- Quarter Moon.
15- Bill of Rights Day.
December 16th (sundown)- 24th:
This is the 50th anniversary of the Pink Panther
theatrical short featuring Pink Panther harassing
his foil/enemy. These characters are the creations
of Fritz Freleng. This won the 64th Academy Award
presentations in the department of “Animated Shorts.”
Definitely, this is a reminder that December is the time
to enjoy, laugh and be playful. Pink Panther was so silly
22- New Moon.
December 25th- Christmas Day.
Many religions celebrate Christ’s Birth,
Rejoice and Follow the Stars wherever your faith
“December is a time
of celebration and joy.
A time of promises kept
and Love reborn.”
~ Flavia, 2003.
26th- First Day of Kwanzaa.
This is a festive celebration of African American
community, culture and faith. This continues
until January first.
Boxing Day- Canada, U.K., Australia and NZ.
Many people shop for the following holiday
season (2015), finding bargains and gifts for
the coming year.
28- First Quarter Moon.
New Year’s Eve.
“Another fresh new year is here. . .
Another year to live.
To banish worry, doubt and fear,
To love, laugh and give.”
~ William Arthur Ward
(American Writer, 1921-1994)
May you and your family enjoy many experiences of
happiness. This final month of the year arrived far
too quickly! I hope you find ways to make December
stretch, savoring these special moments. Include some
meditation to help you to relax and not get too stressed.
For me, nostalgia arrives as I take out the ornaments
and decorations of Christmas past.
May this lovely time of year fill your senses with joy and
wonder in the simple things.
Most of all, wishing all of you to experience feelings of
Hope and Peace.