Friday, December 19, 2014

Ghosts of Christmas Past


There's such a tendency to think about the past at Christmastime.  We have sweet memories of loved ones that have gone on before us.  We have traditions and maybe even rituals that we might not even realize we have.  That can be a good thing for holding families together and making them strong.  But not all of our memories or traditions are positive.  We may be left with a longing for the way things used to be before circumstances changed or certain people came into or left our lives for some reason.  Some of us may be facing an empty nest for the first time or a parent or spouse or child may have died recently, this year, last year, or twenty years ago.  Christmastime makes it all fresh again, doesn't it?  



Let's make a decision to live in this moment, to love this moment, to enjoy those with whom we're with right now or to enjoy the solitude of being alone with God.
Enjoy memories of Christmas past, but don't let the ghosts of memories spoil Christmas present.
Have a wonderful Christmas week!
Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage
Laura
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20 comments:

  1. Excellent advice, Laura! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

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  2. Lovely Christmas thoughts Laura...let Christmas time renew us is a great thought. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  3. You are very right...I always long for my dad, who passed away more than 30 years ago, at this holiday time. I try to remember the happy times, I know he would want it that way, but yes, it's all fresh isn't it??

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  4. Sending prayers for a blessed and Merry Christmas for you and family.. May you have a great week, in all your preparations.

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  5. For me it's my mom who passed 15 years ago and my mom in love who passed a year ago.
    Happy Christmas Kim!

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  6. Blessings to you Vickie and Joyful! Thanks for talking back!

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  7. Blessings to you Vickie and Joyful! Thanks for talking back!

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  8. HI Dianna,
    I hope your Christmas is sweet.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  9. Great post, thanks so much for sharing. Merry Christmas.

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  10. This year we will be doing something completely different for Christmas Eve. Steve and I will be alone, together, for the first time in 45 years. We are realizing that things change and that we can create new traditions. We are going to a favorite French restaurant in an old house that is beautifully decorated for Christmas. Rather than bemoaning what used to be, we look forward to doing something new.

    Have a Very Merry Christmas

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  11. What a wonderful way to embrace the change! Happy Christmas Art and Sand.

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  12. Thanks for sharing this at good morning mondays, blessings

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  13. Each year does bring many changes - good and bad - reflecting on the best of the year and positive memories is a wonderful blessing - I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  14. HI Kathy,
    I'm coming to realize that there will always be changes. The happily ever after that I'd hoped for just isn't reality. It's more of a making the best of things and trying to focus on the positive in our families, our friends, and our situations. Happy New Year!
    Laura

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  15. What an excellent post, dear Laura! I am so glad you shared this with Roses of Inspiration. Happy Wednesday!

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