Thank you, Muchas gracias, Danke

thank you 2Thank you, Muchas gracias, Danke, Merci beaucoup, Arigatô, Grazie, Gelic, Kamsah hamnida, Mahalo … a great big thank you to all who stopped by and supported my blog during 2012. (And ‘Tack så mycket’ to Viveka.)

WordPress displayed my 2012 blog report and visitors stopped by from over 140 countries! What fun! I received a refresher geography course browsing the map to see where all the visitors hailed from.

My top commenter’s were Louise (from Months of Edible Celebrations, currently off chasing dreams of another sort right now), Cindy (from Everyday Underwear – using her split personality to check in with two profiles, both of them in the top five), Viveka (from My Guilty Pleasures) and Ute (from Ute Smile).

Thank you all for your support in 2012. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013! Keep on celebrating life and all its delights.

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A Jar or a Journal ???

What a wonderful way to celebrate life. Thanks Ute!

Ute smile

I read a lot of positive blogs, facebook sites and articles.

Then I came across great ideas which I wanted to share with you.

1st January is a good day to start…..

Idea 1.

jar

Idea 2.

Write a Gratitude Journal

This picture is the one I will use, all ready for January 2013.

I will write down every day , at the end of the day, what good things the day gave me and what I was grateful for on this day.

A wonderful way to celebrate each day, think of the gifts and positive things of each day and I can show my gratitude and be thankful .

gratitude journal

And remember:

“When you expect nothing,

you can receive everything

as a marvelous gift.”

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

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Celebrate December – from candles to cats

candle heartDecember is a month of celebration. It’s also a month of remembrance. Sunday, December 9th is Worldwide Candle Lighting Day. Sponsored by The Compassionate Friends, this day unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

View their site for more information: http://www.compassionatefriends.org/News_Events/Special-Events/Worldwide_Candle_Lighting.aspx

December 11th is International Mountain Day. Celebrate life and celebrate the mountains in life; the physical mountains gracing our planet Earth, along with the emotional mountains that challenge our lives and strengthen us. Take a hike at a nearby mountain and reflect in its glory. Draw some mountains. Take an internet virtual tour of majestic mountain ranges.

On the 12th, celebrate Gingerbread House Day. Make a gingerbread house. Or, enjoy some gingerbread cookies in honor of the gingerbread season.

Tired of celebrating Christmas type holidays? Try your hand at something new. The 15th is Cat Herders Day. Meow! (Ouch!) That should challenge the stoutest of us all. I think I’ll go have a gingerbread cookie and contemplate my options.

Cookies and Christmas and Ties … oh my!

tie wreathDecember; it’s a month long celebration!

December is a month packed full of special celebrations: Hanukkah from the 9th to the 16th, Christmas on the 25th, and Kwanzaa from the 26th to January 1st.

A day of remembrance for Americans also falls in December. Pearl Harbor Day on December commemorates American lives lost on American soil and sea during World War II.

Lesser known holidays occur during this end of year month. Cookie Cutter Week is the first week from December 1st – 7th. Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week is December 2nd – 8th. And don’t forget National Tie Month. Try out a tie wreath for the front door or mantle place.

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