I don’t come from a region or family that celebrates Christmas. But we celebrate the Christmas spirit in many ways, on many occasions during the year: peace, harmony, blessings, love, giving.
This Christmas, I’m working on my novel, trying to finish up what I started during Nanowrimo, take the 50k words to their conclusion. A first draft, telling myself the story. I’ll spend my days with family, my sister-in-law who’s visiting, and try and do what I can to relax while I nourish the novel! It’s been a hard year on many fronts, but it has also been a year of personal blessings. I found my agent this year, I finished the nth draft of my first novel, my short stories got published in various places. I’m grateful.
My miracle is that I’ve stayed upright despite the odds, the often punishing hours. That I’m still friends with all of you, and this blog is alive despite the many challenges of keeping it updated. That I’ve been associated with Project Why, an organization I wrote about during April. Anouradha Bakshi, the founder of Project Why, has received her own miracle: it is sure to bring you a smile: her 8-yr old grandson donating his Christmas gift, a princely 20 Pounds, to his friends at Project Why.
I hope each one of you, whether you celebrate the festival, or just its spirit, receive your miracles. The world, our planet, and all of us, needs miracles: we can try to be these miracles for each other. In love, in kindness, in compassion. May you all have blessed holidays, and a wonderful beginning of the year.
How are you celebrating Christmas? What’s your Christmas miracle? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what are your holiday plans? What are you planning for the new year?
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