Saturday, December 5, 2020

You Light Up My Life


First of all, a very happy Christmas and, dare I say it, pretty good riddance to 2020. What a year it has been. While there has been darkness, I feel we have also managed to find some light - a greater appreciation for nature comes to mind, and getting to slow down a little. Not easy I know. Wishing you and your loved ones as wonderful a Christmas as you can possibly have. I feel good about a brighter year ahead. I hope I'm right! 

Have you made lunch bag snowflakes and stars? They are huge, and we hang ours from a tall ceiling.

Bringing joy to others does not go unnoticed. My sister Diane decided to decorate all the trees on her property this year for all to enjoy. She bought a ton of new lights and it took her several days to decorate. One evening she came home to a mailbox filled with cards and letters. Here are just a couple notes she received from neighbors she did not know since she lives on a very busy country road.. The positives of 2020. She brought joy to her neighbors and they brought it to her with their thoughtful letter and cards. A feel good story for sure. 



This photo was shared with me, and was taken at Macy's Herald Square in New York City. We are very much looking forward to visiting Joe's family in NYC once it is safe. Hopefully we can look back on the progress we made some day soon. 
xx
Deb

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

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  1. How special! Your sister must feel validated for all that hard work! Love your corner with the lighted branches and felties (?) decorating them!

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    1. I stopped by my sister's house last evening and WOW oh WOW. I asked her how many extension cords she had to buy. She said over 50!

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  2. How nice of your sister's neighbors to send notes! We always choose our favorite in the neighborhood and let them know with a xmas card! I made one of those paper stars quite a few years back out of lunch bags! The same year I wrapped all my presents in craft paper! A little bit 'country' !!

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    1. Great idea to choose your favorite in the neighborhood and let them know in a xmas card!

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  3. Debbie, I just returned from a neighborhood walk with a friend, and as we walked I commented to my friend about the time and care some or our neighbor have gone to with adding wreaths on doors and windows, and garland, and decorated outdoor trees. I love the idea of writing notes of gratitude. Your sister's neighbors are very thoughtful, as is she to have decorated the outdoor space. I'm going to write some note myself this afternoon and deliver them one my walk tomorrow. Spread kindness!!!

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  4. How special that your sister’s neighbors appreciated her beautiful lights and took the time to thank her.
    Your nature corner looks especially lovely. Happy December, my friend!

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    1. (SORRY.. Had to correct a word misspelled.) Debbie, I have followed and enjoyed your blog for years but have never commented. I love this post! How nice of your sister's neighbors to leave notes of thanks. I know the kindness will continue after this idea. Your decorations are amazing! Thanks for all you do to inspire us. Merry Christmas! P.S. We need to see a picture of your sister's lights.

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    2. Thank you for your comment Maureen. I will do my best to take pictures of my sister's lights. We took a drive by last evening, and discovered that photos do not do it justice. I will keep trying!

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  6. Awwww:) Love the letters and your decos..it takes one minute to make someone's day..in writing a bit longer..but so worth it!

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  7. How lovely for your sister to get cards and notes of appreciation from neighbors!! Renews your faith in the goodness of people! I am a firm believer in positive energy and pretty surroundings really help that happen!
    Jenna

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  8. I made one of those paper bag stars last week too :) That room looks so pretty! How nice of your sister's neighbors to express their gratitude for all her hard work decorating. It really warms the heart.

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  9. Debbie, your decor is so pretty. I love the snowflakes! Thanks for sharing your sister's nice notes. I love reading uplifting stories like that! Do you decorate much outside? We really don't except outback where we spend a lot of time (patio area). I wish you would post photos of your sister's outdoor decorations ;P

    xo,
    RJ

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  10. How very special. Your sister’s neighbors are such lovely people to show her the appreciation she deserves. Love the paper bag stars-and snowflake,lakes.Love your decorated corner with branches and lights. Here’s to a brand new year full of promise. Wishing you and Joe a Merry Christmas and bright New Year. Xo

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