Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Invincible Holiday Spirit ~

Age-old songs, jingling bells
glitter and glow that 
outdo the stars ...
Herald the Holidays!
Now is the time for family gatherings 
for friendly chatter around a fireplace
for cheery letters to distant loved ones 
to stretch a kindly hand to lonely strangers 
to bring out the good dishes 
light the candles 
to celebrate Christmas dinners and Hanukkah feasts
for spiritual renewal and growth 
to sing peace and goodwill ~

We, however, cannot ignore 
"the dark side of the moon"
depressing headlines, impassible traffic jams 
frenetic partying, overworked credit cards
the parents who can't affords gifts 
the broken marriages 
the sick children!
The list goes on 
we know too many beyond comfort 
too many hurting, weary, hungry or dying!
yet the sight of a baby's unwritten face 
brings tears, hope for the future 
certain knowledge of a saving grace!

With Holiday spirits rising 
we exchange warm greetings 
Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas!

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(I am sorry I have not been around to visit 
  any of my blogger friends, I lost my enthusiasm 
  to blog or post a poem for a long time now!
Maybe the New Year may bring back enthusiasm to blog again
Time will tell ~ 

My sweet dog Jake had surgery this past Thurs. to remove 3 masses
We hope the biopsy results bring good news!
Jake is recovering quite well from the surgery
He is truly a trooper!)

Wishing all who see this post much love
and joy during the Holiday season 

Blessings to all of you!
I hope I get to pay a visit to your blogs, soon.) 

Margie

(Picture was taken of Jake a day before he had the surgery
  He so loves the snow!) 

60 comments:

  1. It is wonderful to see you here again, dear Margie...I've missed you!
    Your post is so true...but we keep humans keep trying to be positive and looking forward. It doesn't always last.
    I am so sorry about Jake. I am wishing him a healthy recovery with no cancer!!!
    I have been a terrible blogger as of the past months. Today I started anew...again!!! I am trying to blog as I used to, but I understand how you are feeling...I have been feeling this way, too!

    Wishing You Lots of Love and Great Big Hugs
    to You and Yours this Holiday Season and Always~

    Jan
    xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks dear Jan for all the kind words!

      Lots of love & Hugs
      xoox

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  2. Hi Margie - so good to see you, Merry Christmas - prayers for Jake - hope for us all
    Love Gail
    peace.....

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  3. Hello Margie, In these days of light and darkness, it's good to be reminded of saving grace. Keeping my fingers crossed for Jake. I hope you'll come back to blogging soon - perhaps in 2016. I find when I take a break, it's hard to start again! Hope you're surrounded by the love of family and friends over the holidays.

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    1. Hi Barb
      I so appreciate your visit!
      Have a wonderful New Year

      Hugs

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  4. Delighted to see your excellent and caring poem! I send my best wishes to you in this and all seasons.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Geo, so much!

      Happy New Year!

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  5. Jake is a marvel. I am glad he is recovering well from his surgery. Continued prayers for you and dear Jake. It is wonderful to see another of your poems, and it is so true. There is, it seems, a dark side and a bright side in this old weary world. We sure need to keep our eyes on the Light. I am having difficulty getting back to blogging. I haven't posted for about a month. Moods go up, down, up and down. Blessings to you and yours, and give little Rose and big Jake a hug from someone who cares. Hugs.

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    1. Hi Bonnie
      So nice to read your comment!
      Thank you for the kind words!
      I care about you too!

      Hugs

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  6. I enjoyed your poem, Margie, and it's good to see you back here again. I hope you get good news about Jake.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Connie, so glad you enjoyed the poem!


      Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

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  7. __Margie... I, from the past, offer my best seasonal wishes to you and yours, and to Jake.
    __Too... if you are still in contact with Lorraine, please extend my Christmas wishes to her as well. Thank you, Margie. _m

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    1. Hey DD how lovely to see you here, through Margie I've put up a post today for Christmas, you are the kindest man, may you and your family have the very best wishes xo

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    2. Happy New Year Magyar
      And Happy New Year dear Lorraine

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  8. I missed you, Margie!
    "glitter and glow that
    outdo the stars ..."
    Yes, we need that, especially in these rather dark times...
    All the best for the Holidays, to you and your family and all the best to Jake!
    xoxoxo

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    1. Cora, your lovely comment made me smile, thank you!

      Have a wonderful 2016!
      xoxo

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  9. A beautiful poem embracing the light of christmas without forgetting the dark.
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas for you and your loved ones and hope for a quick recovery for Jake. Take care

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    1. Marja
      Thanks so much for the kind words!
      They mean a lot to me!

      Happy New Year!

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  10. Love and Christmas blessings to you and your loved ones.

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    1. Thank you Shadow!
      Blessings to you this year.

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  11. I wish your dog better. Thanks for that beautiful season-themed poem.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Thanks so much, ACIL
      My dog is doing good now!

      Have a great year ahead!

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  12. This is a beautiful poem. Sending good wishes and blessings to you and yours. It's always worry when a pet is ill. Praying that the results are good.

    I know how it is with the blogging - this year hasn't been a good blogging year for me but am hoping that 2016 will be better.

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    1. Oh, thank you, The Blog of Bee.
      I do appreciate your stopping by.

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  13. Hi Margie - lovely poem .. and I do hope Jake is still doing well and that the biopsies will be clear - always so difficult.

    Have a very peaceful and fun time - Happy Christmas and all the best for 2016 - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks , Hilary, so much!
      Jake is well again :)


      Happy New Year!

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  14. What a sweet and lovely poem Margie! I'm so glad Jake is doing better! Big hugs, Lisa

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  15. Family gatherings, burning lights, fine dishes - this is all there's to it ,and that's a lot.
    Blessings to you and a full recovery to jake!

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    1. So nice to see you, Duta,
      Thank you for the kind words!

      Happy New Year , may you have joy and blessings!

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  16. It's so nice to see you blogging again! I hope we see more of you in 2016.

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    1. Thanks Martha, nice to be back!

      Have a wonderful year!

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  17. No fear dear angel he'll be right as rain, your poem is beautiful and full of truth and happiness and hurt and sadness but mostly filled with hope, and i love it, and talking about rain which is falling right now, I received the most astonishing gift yesterday, nuh ah,I'm not telling you'll have to visit me, just today
    Love always and always and Jake will be just fine, count on that xosoxoxox and my best wishes to you and your family on this Christmas and may the New Year bring health, posperity and happiness to you and yours including beautiful puppies and all lol love it angel

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    1. Dear Lorraine
      You are just too kind and such a dear friend!
      Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

      Love you!
      xo

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  18. So good to see you my friend! I have missed you! You take your time! You know we love you! Big Hugs, Much Love!!! Merry Christmas! Here's to a great 2016! Sending healing prayers to your puppy!

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    1. Hi Stacy
      Your kind words mean so much!
      Thank you!

      Hugs xo

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  19. Good to hear from you, Margie. I know Jake will rebound soon! :)

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    1. Thanks, Michael.
      Jake is doing well :)

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  20. merry christmas and a very very happy new year

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    1. Happy New Year, dear Neers
      Be happy and well :)

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  21. Beautiful and well written poem. Sure miss you out here. I hope you've had a lovely Christmas. Here's to a blessed, new year for you. xx

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    1. Oh, thank you , dear Alexandra.
      Wishing you a most lovely New Year! xx

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  22. Beautiful poem Margie - hoping for the best outcome for Jake. It's so hard when a loved one - is sick.

    all the best to you and i hope you find that inspiration again to blog.

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    1. Hi Sandy
      I appreciate the kind words!
      Jake is doing good now :)

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  23. I'm so glad that Jake is fine! :-) Happy New Year, Margie! The very best to you and your loved ones!

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  24. Happy new year dear Margie, I so hope Jake will get good results, our pets are family and we love them all dearly. Thinking of you.

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    1. Hi Summer
      Thank goodness, Jake is well now!
      Thank you!

      Happy New Year!

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  25. Hey there sweeties i miss my friends so much I'm back today and to hell with money I'll never have enough anyway...

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    1. Back again but not for long :(
      Love you dear friend!

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  26. you might have called in between calls between my son and I totally didn't see your name if you did, let me know and yes I'm back on blogging in the morning not at night as I thought I might...

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  27. oh and i have Lily on today...xooxoxo

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  28. I'm back angel but i'll stick to mornings I'm useless at night

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    1. I am a bit useless at night time too ... LOL
      xo

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  29. Oh I do so hope all went well with Jake...oh my heart really goes out to him - that beautiful face!

    Happy New Year, my dear Friend...and my heart-felt thanks for your kind support these past few months. I appreciate it so very much. xoxoxo

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    1. Hi Ygraine
      Good news about Jake :) Thanks for caring!

      Happy New Year, be well and may this year bring you much joy and peace!

      xoxo

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  30. I'm so glad he's ok, and my gosh I remember my German Sheppard when it comes to snow, they're like little kids, they love it so, all the best, all around dear Angel!

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bearing its own gifts ...
Untie the ribbons.

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