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I realized I haven’t blogged for awhile and it makes me feel remiss in sharing with my friends here.  

One thing I love about the holidays season (both Thanksgiving and Christmas) is that each year can go in any direction. It can be brand new or steeped in tradition, it can be elaborate or toned down, but as long as we stick with the reason to celebrate it’s the same holiday with the same importance to us that will make fond memories of it for us.  

And if something awful happens one year, we have the rest of our life of Holidays to feel the power of time to change us and change how we enjoy life. Maybe this is a spiritual attitude of mine, a faith in what I believe? Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful and Christmas is a day to celebrate Hope, Faith and Love. Best part of either is we get to choose how we bring those into our celebrations and share it with others.  

This Thanksgiving my brother wanted to celebrate our mother’s life with me because I hadn’t been able to be there (the best I could do was send him up to Oregon). So we did that in the hours long after dinner and company had gone home. We laughed and filled each other in on our fond memories of Mom. And then we played music together because we got our love of music from our mother. My brother gave me some of her ashes since my sister hadn’t sent me some as she said she would back in March.  

Oh... and here’s a memory I’m not going to forget! I’d heard from my brother and his girlfriend many times of how they walk across the road to visit a neighbor’s horses. We walked over with a bag with some carrots and celery my brother loaded up, and seeing them interact was so Sweet! I wasn’t as trusted by the horses as they are, but I got to feed them a few carrots, talk to them and touch them a little bit. I loved it!  

Now we have Christmas ahead to enjoy. I’m thinking strongly about moving down to the town where my brother lives so I’m sitting on the fence for going down to their house for it or inviting them up here? Either will work for me. Depends on the weather too. It has snowed pretty heavy up here already and it’s only November.  

I know what I want to give my brother for Christmas. Some copies of family pictures he doesn’t have.  

Happy Holidays and wishing you all treasured memories!  

Cathie

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