Shiny Objects

Why, yes, I am easily distracted by shiny objects and CHRISTMAS!

Why, yes, I am easily distracted by shiny objects and CHRISTMAS!

It’s Christmastime—my favorite time of the year. (It’s the shiniest holiday so of course it’s my favorite.)

No matter what religion you practice or don’t practice, no matter what your beliefs, Christmas time, to me, is a time for love, light, peace, and good will towards all people. And that is something I can celebrate.

Wishing you a warm and loving Christmas filled with joy.

Oooh, look at these shiny objects . . .

  • One of my favorite things to do is drive around neighborhoods to see Christmas decorations. I love how the houses are all lit up. Some people go all out–these are some Christmas lights!
  • Being from Turkey, I’m always on the look out for news about the country. While this article is about low tourism, it also gives a bit of the history of the real Santa Claus, the actual St. Nicholas. Reminds me of the true meaning of Santa Claus.
  • What’s your word? 
  • One of the most beautiful renditions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
  • Because this is a good idea.

I’ve been reading . . . The Sellout by Paul Beatty still, in between reading my Christmas books. I’m almost done. Finished the book The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson. Very schmaltzy and easy read. A little too much religion in there for me, but the “angel project” part is inspiring. Now onto The Christmas Town by Donna Vanliere, another well-known schmaltzy Christmas book author.

I’ve been watching . . . mostly Christmas movies but I did watch the movie Captain Fantastic on the way back from Mexico. I thought it was pretty good. Viggo Mortensen is great in it as the father of six kids. The family lives off the land in a wooded area of the Pacific Northwest and are isolated from society. It’s one of those thought-provoking movies that asks big questions that aren’t really answered. It leaves you thinking about the answers. Some really funny parts that made me laugh out loud, and, of course, some moments of tears.

I’ve been listening to . . . holiday playlists. And this song (and video) over and over again. It still brings tears to my eyes and fills me with emotion. Such an important song and, at the time, no one had done anything like this. Band Aid included many of my favorite artists—Paul Young, Duran Duran, Bono, Spandau Ballet, Paul Weller, Jody Whatley, and Bananarama. What a great production by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure.

Have a wonderful Christmas weekend!


(Image by Ela Aktay, Chicago, 2016.)

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