December 24

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes

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“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes
Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas

May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility. Mary Anne Radmacher
This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays! D.M. Dellinger


Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Each year, as this particular holiday rolls around, I marvel at how quickly the year seemed to have flown by. I pause and take stock of the fact that soon enough, exactly one week later, the New Year will ring our doorbells laden with new gifts, goals, and opportunities for growth. How did 2018 end up for you? How are you preparing for the coming year? What will you do differently in 2019? At the start of the year, so many of us jumped in feet first and made promises to conquer the world, create new planets and exhale and excel. While some of us dared to try, and achieved a modicum of success, others rolled back their plans as unexpected demands took over their plans. Yet, a few simply found it all too enervating and threw in the towel well before the end of spring.  Regardless of where we started and ended up in 2018, what matters is that if you are reading this, you made it. Okay? You made it and have another chance to give it your best shot in 2019. Never give up. As long as there is life, there is HOPE.


READ: Motivation Mondays: Cherish Christmas & Holidays
Inspiration: Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
Weekly Photo Challenge: NOW – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!


Holidays by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows;–
The happy days unclouded to their close;
The sudden joys that out of darkness start
As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;–a fairy tale
Of some enchanted land we know not where,
But lovely as a landscape in a dream.


To many people, holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance. Philip Andrew Adams

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas
Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas

Holiday gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. Oren Arnold
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge

What was 2018 like? For me, 2018 was a year of challenges, tests of faith, loss, miraculous blessings, and renewal. My daughters lost their beloved grandfather in December, and one of my best friends lost her boyfriend in the same month. Health issues were not minimal but I weathered them. My car got totaled in a nasty accident in May and other types of challenges kept me on my aching back and feet fighting. An online group I created content for and helped manage went south leaving many of us hurt and disappointed. Yet, through it all, there were many moments of joy, magical grace and peace. I spent time with family here and abroad. Renewed my faith by joining a local place of worship and making friends – Northway church.  Started several new Facebook groups/communities that are thriving. Reconnected with a few old friends and rekindled my love for music and concerts. The year isn’t quite over but I am filled with gratitude for the good and the difficulties. Christmas Day will be upon us In less than 24 hours and I am excited about celebrating the birth of Christ with my loved ones. What about you?

READ: Inspiration: Happy Holidays To All!
Happy Holidays: Grace & Gratitude to All!
Musings: Merry Christmas Wishes…

A Letter To Santa
Dearest Santa,
Thank you for the blessings you showered on us this year. Thank you for the new friends and fresh opportunities. We are all grateful… My wish for the coming year is more goodwill, grace and abundance in the world, and less misery, meanness and scarcity!
Please don’t mix these two up like you did last year! 🙂
With love & gratitude to all,

Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
Buone vacanze!
Joyeuses Fêtes!
أعيادا سعيدة!
Maligayang Pasko!
விழாக்கால வாழ்த்துக்கள்!
छुट्टियों की शुभकामनाएं!
С праздником!
С Рождеством Христовым!
تعطیلات مبارک!
हैप्पी छुट्टियाँ!
¡Felices Fiestas!
גליקלעך האָלידייַס!
Շնորհավոր Տոն!
Boas festas!

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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for NOV 2018/DEC 2018 are:


1/01   –  01 All Saint’s Day, 02 All Soul’s Day,
11/04   –  04 Daylight Saving Time  ends USA, 06 Election Day, 07 Diwali
11/11  –  11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 14 World Diabetes Day, 16 International Day for Tolerance
11/18   –  19 International Men’s Day, 20 Universal Children’s Day, 21 World Hello & TV Day, 22 Thanksgiving Day
11/25 –    26 Cyber Monday, 27 Giving Tuesday,  30 St Andrew


12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

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Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” Ruth Carter Stapleton

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas
Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas
Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes
Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas

I have always thought of Christmas as a good time; a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time; a time when men and women seem to open their hearts freely, and so I say, God bless Christmas! Charles Dickens
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” Dale Evans Rogers

Happy Holidays to everyone! As I prepare to wrap up the holidays with my family, I can’t help but think of those in need. The holidays is NOT always blissful for everyone. It is a sad time for some, a rehashed memory for a few, and a mixed blessing for others. One thing I know for sure about this season is that it is called the giving Season for a reason; it’s the end of year,  Hanukkah, Christmas and the spirit of Kwanzaa beckon us to reflect, rejoice and return the goodwill by sharing our largess with the less fortunate in or communities. As we purchase and share holiday gifts, we should remember to offer a helping hand to those in need. The true spirit of giving in this season is about giving to those who have no one to give them anything. Reach out and give to your favorite charities, include others at your table and in your heart. We are all deserving of the goodwill of the Christmas season. Make a difference. No effort is too small or wasted. I also want to say THANK YOU to everyone who reads or helps me with this blog. I thank you for your support, blog love, visits and comments!  Without the support of our communities, we toil in silence. May abundant grace always meet you at your door…

READ: Haiku: Christmas Is Love In Action
Happy Holidays: Grace & Gratitude to All!

A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Loving Father,
help us to remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and the worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate and
open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and
good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing
which Christ brings, and teach us to
be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy
to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening
bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus‘ sake. Amen.” Via yahoo.voices


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Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
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Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet



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  • Hi mirth,
    I am a first time reader , so happy holiday season from my end.
    It was refreshing to read such a nice content on Christmas.

    • Hi Shivam, May you never get jaded from reading posts across the blogosphere. Happy Holidays and thank you for stopping by.

  • Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing your life with us all. This year has been an amazing year full of blessings in our household and we can not wait to see what 2019 brings!

  • I’m sorry to hear your year was so tough. Thank you for your honesty. You perspective is inspirational!

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I appreciate your honest feedback. 🙂

  • 2018 was a great year for me and I’m looking forward to a great 2019 just like you. It is inspiring to read how you are ending the year in gratitude.

  • Happy Holidays! Despite the challenges you faced, it’s good to know that you pulled through unscathed. Anyway, I still could not believe how the year’s most awaited holiday quickly went by.

    • Right? Thank you for reading my post … to some degree, I was unscathed. Yes, Christmas appeared and then quietly made its exit.

  • I’m also amazed sometimes at how fast the years go. I feel like we just celebrated Christmas last year! Time seems to fly even faster now that I have my own children. Overall 2018 has been a decent year but I am ready to rock 2019!

  • 2018, for me, was a good year. I accomplished a major goal, celebrated 4 years with my husbands, traveled, and generally it was good. However I can’t say the same for all my loved ones, so hopefully 2019 is nicer to them.

  • Happy Holidays! The holidays are a time when I reflect and give thanks for everything I have… whilst remembering those who are not so fortunate.

  • Merry Christmas 🎄it does make everything look more beautiful! New year new hope new plans..

  • Happy Holidays and thank you for your wonderful holiday wishes. May you enjoy your loved ones and have a great time.

  • I hope the rest of the year is good for you. It’s sad when we lose people we love. I hope that you are healing well from your car accident.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my post… I am healing and we are making the best of the situations.

  • Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Festivals are the best way to connect with your loved ones.

  • I am glad you had a good year in spite of its challenging times for you and your family. Our biggest challenge in 2018 was having our basement flood in May – not fun!

    • Wow! We had that experience a couple of years ago and, thankfully, our homeowners insurance kicked in and handled the matter.

      • Thankfully ours did too! But the repairs took over 4 months from flood to completion, and our garage is still full of stuff waiting to be sorted through and either put back or discarded grr…here’s to a better 2019!

  • You’re 2018 seemed rough, definitely ups and downs, but you’ve put out a lot of positivity this year!

    • Thank you! I found that what we focus on becomes a path to healing and growth. I am grateful.

  • Merry Christmas my friend, sorry it’s a few days late. Wishing you and your family a blessed and love filled festive season and may 2019 bring you only joy and happy memories

  • Remembering that not everyone is able to celebrate the holidays like I am is a huge part of our Christmas and while we don’t spend a lot we try to match dollar for dollar spent on gifts to donations. It’s a small part.

  • 2018 was my first full year living with my brain injury. I found out WCB was not going to cover my meds, but my private insurance would. I have been learning to live with a traumatic brain injury. I found a renewed interest in writing and photography and started a blog. All in all progress.

    • I am so proud of you Blair; especially because of all the effort you are making to stay positive with life. Best wishes for an inspired 2019

  • I love your Motivation Monday lists! I only wish I had come across them earlier! What a great post. Hope you had Happy Holidays and you have a great new year! I look forward to incorporating these inspirational Mondays into my days.

  • It was such a Merry Christmas for me! And i hope everybody else did have a Merry Christmas too.. 😘 I dressed up my child with a batman costume and went to all of his godfather and godmother.. It was so overwhelming.

  • Happy holidays, glad to hear that the challenges didn’t bring you down, and I am sorry to hear about the losses, but the next year will be your year, as for how this year was for me it had it’s ups and downs, I tried to accommodate everyone’s wishes, and in doing that I neglected mine, so for me I hope that the next year is the year where I will probably try to focus more on myself, because I need it, thank you for this motivational and informative article, and I hope that the next year is filled with good things and blessings for you.

    • Thank you too Matija. You always bring your A game to whatever you do and it will pay dividends for you too. Here’s to a terrific 2019!

  • The holiday season always make me look back at the year that just FLEW by. I think back to my goals back in January and how I have achieved them or how I can set out to achieve them next year. Happy Holidays!

  • It was indeed a challenging year for most of us. I think holidays is the time when everyone should just take a break and enjoy the moment in the end of each year. I’m glad it was going well for you 🙂

  • I love your ideas for gifts to give to others especially the forgiveness to your enemies! Keeping this in mind during this holiday season.

  • I’m sorry 2018 was so tough for you. Your outlook on the New Year is so inspiring and I know good things will come along in 2019!

  • Thank you so much for reminding us all of the true essence of holidays and that we should give to others befor expecting to get anything.

  • It was great to read about the holiday wishes in so many different languages and the letter to Santa. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your entire family. Have a fab 2019 🙂

  • Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful families! I do take time away from work and spend quality time with family! SO so important!

  • Happy Holidays dear! Thank you for all your beautiful wishes. I am sending you regards from my country, Greece and Merry Christmas in Greek: Καλά Χριστούγεννα!

  • I definitely feel the idea of Christmas waving a magic wand. I always feel that this time of year! Happy Holidays! -Tonya Morris

  • I always enjoy reading your blogs. They are so motivational. First I am sorry to hear about your children’s loss of grandfather. I lost my grandpa in November along with several other relatives throughout the year. It helps me to remember to be grateful that I am alive and about to make it into a new year. In 2019 I want to continue to try to grow my business, to focus more on my own happiness, and to spend more time with family while they still here on this Earth

  • Hi mirth,
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance.
    It was a great article on Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas. Hope you get everything you want in Life.

  • 2018 was a great year for me, absolutely. And I am looking forward to better and much more happiness in 2019. Happy New Year!

    • Same here… thank you for checking in. It’s appreciated. 🙂 Wishing you continued success in 2019

  • Merry Christmas and hope everyone is enjoying. The holidaying mood is in the air to welcome the new year with smiles and good things

  • Christmas is always the best time here in the Philippines. I hope you get to visit.

  • Here is wishing you a greater and even better 2019. Life itself comes with tough moments for a sweet ending… Stay safe Liz

  • It’s so good to reflect. My 2018 has been awesome and can’t wait to ring in for 2019!

  • Sounds like we both had bad 2018’s. Mine was filled with unemployment, loss and struggles. only a few good things came of the year. But im trying my absolute hardest for a better 2019 and it looks like you’re hopeful to do the same. So I wish you a happy new years and hope that 2019 is much kinder to you than this past year.

  • Christmas is just so magical and it’s a time when people are happy, excited, and together with their loved ones.

  • I love the holiday season, the happy smiling faces,friends, good food, presents and everything in between not to mention it`s a time of the year for us to indulge.

  • Happy holidays too 💗 I’m really looking forward to start a new year and I really like Motivation mondays post. I’ve read some of them and I became a huge fan 😍

  • The holidays are my favorite time of year. I get stressed but I also feel so blessed to be around friends and family. Although, I cannot wait until 2019! It should be a great year!

  • What an honest look over the past year! I think the most important part of the end of the year is looking back over how you have grown since the beginning of the previous year, and then look at the year to come as an opportunity for more growth and a blessing that you are still here!

  • Thank you so much for being such an inspiration! I love how positive you are, next year is gonna rock.


  • Several of the quotes in this post will stay with me for a while, I can tell. Holidays are reassurances vs. discoveries. That makes so much sense – and it’s especially fitting for the end-of-year holidays after a tumultuous year.

  • 2018 was a challenge for me as well. Thanks for the inspiration and your positive post. I love the Morivation Monday’s!

  • Happy Holidays! I’m sorry to hear about your loses, it is inspiring how there’s just so much positivity and hope radiating from this post Its been quite a year for me with celebrating my daughter’s first Christmas in our new home, I’m excited to what the new year has in store!

  • Merry Christmas, Elizabeth! Hope you had a lovely time with your family and loved ones! Cheers to more motivational blog posts in 2019! 🙂

  • I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Next year I plan to really push myself, I want to go beyond my limits. I just overall want to become a better person, and focus on changing myself any way I can.

  • Happy Holidays to you and to everyone. I had a wonderful year and wishing you guys a good one this coming 2019!

  • Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope you had a wonderful one like me who had the best Christmas ever as I celebrate the day with a complete family.

  • The holidays are a favorite time of mine. Being with friends and family makes my heart happy! I wish you a great New Year!

  • Your posts have so much positivity. We really look forward to them every week

  • Happy holidays, I’m really glad to know that you didn’t let anything bring you down. This year was rough for me and I’m hoping for a better year for the both of us.

  • I love the time between Christmas and New Year….. As it gives us the opportunity to look back what had been and count our blessings and look forward for new beginning and new hope for the year ahead…. .

  • Happy Holidays! It sounds like 2018 was a bit rough, so I am hoping that 2019 is your Best year ever!! Cheers to a wonderful New Year!!!

  • Best wishes to you for upcoming holidays too! Bless you! I am always happy to read you and hope to read you even more in 2019!

  • Our year might not be perfect , but I am still thankful that I have those challenges and learned a lot. Happy Holidays!

  • I had such a wonderful holiday that I don’t want it to be over! I hope you had a great one as well!

  • I’m glad you found a good church thats very important. I bet 2019 will be a great year!!! -Nikki Hall

  • I love your honesty here, around this time of year it’s something I feel is lacking. Happy holidays

  • I am so happy and proud to have been able to follow you through 2018 and see you come out ahead of all your challenges. Wishing you and yours a prosperous and memorable 2019! Thank you for everything you do!

  • Happy Holidays and an advance Happy New Year. The past year seems like a bit of a haze right now even though I travelled, spent time with family and was more productive. I guess what I am most grateful for is still being around and kicking.

  • Happy Holidays! Thank you for sharing this with us. My 2018 was great, probably one of the best years of my life 🙂

  • It’s been a wonderful 2018, tough, but wonderful nonetheless!
    Thank you for the precious inspiration you provided me throughout this year with words nd images Elizabeth. I wish you the best for 2019!

  • 2018 may have been a tough year but this coming year will bring all the joy, happiness and good health to you. Thank you for sharing your 2018 memories with us. Best wishes

  • I am so thankful to hear you made it through an accident that totaled your car. So glad (and bummer about the car)! I’m sorry to hear of the losses in your family/circle of friends, and that you had health challenges. I am happy for you that you renewed your love of concerts, are in a church you enjoy and have so much to share with your readers, including me. I love that your blog is always written with substance, and never anything less. I am grateful for you. Wishing you a wonderful 2019!

    • Thank you so much dear Rosey, the sentiments are mutual and I’m so glad we are friends.Stay blessed in 2019

  • This is such a beautiful post for the holidays! 🙂 I hope you’ve had a great end to the year. Robert Louis Stevenson is my favorite, too.

  • I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I agree that 2018 came with a lot of challenges. Here’s to a challenging but fulfilling 2019!

  • Hope you had an amazing time celebrating the birth of Christ. I know I loved being with my family and loved ones during this time. Each year definitely brings challenges and losses but it can also be times of tremendous joy as well. Hope joy finds you this year.

  • Happy holidays! im sorry you had such a rough time, but it sounds like you’re pushing past it and going to make 2019 a great year!

  • I hope you had a wonderful christmas with your family. You have shared really nice quotes in the christmas spirit. I wish you all the best for 2019 and hope that you will have a better year!

  • Happy holidays! I wrote a blog too before my year ends and I would totally to say despite all of challenges in life I ‘am still feel blessed. I love the way you write it’s very inspiring and motivated more post in 2019 happy new year!

  • Marry Christmas to you. 2018 is very tough year for me but this year taught me many things too. I am a completely new person now and for this I am grateful to 2018

  • My web developer friend just posted on his fee and it made me smile! Here’s hoping your 2019 would be fantastic as ever. Thank you for all the great posts that you have shared this 2018.

  • I love to read your posts. Such a wonderful write up.Wish you had a great Christmas. Wishing you a great 2019.

  • Very inspiring. I hope to see more articles like this. I will definitely follow your blog so I get updated for more articles like this.

  • I always love your posts so much! I completely agree about keeping those in need in mind over the holidays, I always try to give more to charity or something over Christmas. I hope you have a lovely new year! 🙂

  • We didn’t have a white Christmas but that is okay A wonderful time was enjoyed. Bring in the new year

  • What a beautiful post. I’m sorry you had it rough at times but I’m thankful your faith remained strong. It’s so important to hold onto faith in the good times and the bad times. Praying 2019 is your best year yet. You got this!

  • I’m sorry to hear about your challenges this year, I’ve had quite a few of my own. But you know what they say, pressure makes diamonds!

  • Like you I marvelled at how quickly 2018 passed by. Yes, there were ups and downs but overall I choose like you to focus on the positives. Here’s wishing everyone an AMAZING 2019!!!!

  • i wish you a great end of the year and beginning of the new one! ñloved the xmas wishes and greetings. This year i have been a bit busy before the holidays so i couldn’t prepare xmas cards.

  • I’m sorry you had a rough year this 2018! I hope you have a merry christmas and a great start to 2019!

  • Christmas is my favorite occasion of the year. Every time this season comes I feel renewed and calmed. 2018 is my painful year for me, I could say. Lots of unexpected problems, but this 2019 I believe it will become more relaxed and peaceful year. I claimed it! Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

  • I find it interesting even the non-christian countries like Japan have a ‘Merry Christmas’ Expression. 🙂 It must be something like happy holidays but still,how thoughtful.

  • i hope that you had such an amazing holiday. It seems like the end of this year just flew by!

  • Hope you had a wonderful christmas with your family. 2018 was such an average year for us with many up and downs. Hope that 2019 will be full of lucks. Wishing you a joyous 2019.

  • Happy Holidays! Thank you for sharing your story with us, reading something personal is a breath of fresh air – kikaysikat

  • Great Read! I get the chance to learn new things! I will definitely follow this blog so I get updated for new articles!

  • been busy this holiday,. Thanks for always sharing.. I am in my happy corner reading your article.
    happy new year!

  • I hope that your holiday was filled with love and happiness. Your posts are always so uplifting and positive. When I read them when feeling down, I always feel better afterwards.

  • Happy New Year for you and to your readers! 2019 would be a more fantastic year for us all.

  • Everything IS softer and more beautiful in Christmas!!!!!! I absolutely love the Christmas season. It brings me joy no matter what is going on around me.

  • happy Holidays to you and your family! I am happy to read your blog and hope you will have a lot success in 2019!

  • 2018 was definitely a time of test. We’re ready for more successes in 2019.

  • My 2018 was challenging. So much illnesses in my family. I am thankful though, that we all made it to 2019. That alone is so much to be grateful for. Wishing you the best of the New Year, Elizabeth!

  • You had such a rough year, I’m so sorry! I will say that while I didn’t see the entirety of the group fallout, it seemed like you handled everything very well and I’m still enjoying following along with your new groups. You work hard and it doesn’t go unnoticed!

  • 2018 was definitely trying. There were so many sad and depressing things. But there are many things to be grateful for still.

  • Another beautiful and inspirational read. I am looking forward to a wonderful 2019!

  • Such lovely Christmas wishes 🙂 You do such a great job of being generous and thorough in your posts – it’s no wonder you’ve developed such a following!

  • Such a beautiful post and I really love reading your inspiring story. I am so sorry for you to have a rough year of 2018 but I am glad that you were able to overcome everything. Wishing you all the best wishes for this coming year, happy holidays to you and to your family!

  • Sometimes things do happen for a reason…my hard year was 2016…so just hang in there and I bet 2019 will bring beautiful memories!

  • I love that you included a letter to Santa, here. Whether you “believe” in Santa or not, the true story origins of St. Nicholas are enough to bring a person to their knees. What a great way to show gratitude.

  • I am so sorry your 2018 was hard. It seems like your persevered and stayed strong. 2018 was a good year for me. I hope 2019 is even better! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

  • I had a wonderful year of 2018 and 2019 despite of many challenges I am still grateful and thankful to God for everything. I hope that everyone always share love to others not only on this Christmas day but also everyday.

  • Another year- FLOWN BY. Last year at this time I was waiting for my son to COME ALONG… And tomorrow would have been my baby shower! My son is now ALMOST one! It’s nuts!

  • I cannot believe that it is officially the holiday season. I hope that 2020 is going a better year for you.

  • Happy Holiday from me as well! It is another year now! Thanks for the inspiration and it is a good time to read here.

  • I really enjoy the holidays and spending time with family as well as friends. I am really looking forward to the new year though. I feel like it will be even better than this year!

  • Love the idea of motivational Mondays. I think some folks really need extra motivation during the holiday season, so this is the perfect time of year for motivational Mondays!

  • I love the fact that the holidays means that I get to enjoy a Christmas dinner with my family – this year wasn’t the best but we can only hope for better 🙂

  • 2018 and 2019 were very challenging with our family dealing with many health problems. I am hoping for a happy and healthy 2020 for everyone!

  • Wow so many great pieces of motivation in one post! Thank you for wrapping this all up in an easy-to-read way

  • While the holidays always has people who don’t have enough during the holidays, but this year, this issue has exploded. We need to help when we can and keep everyone in our hearts! Happy holidays, everyone!

  • Despite of everything, I’m happy and thankful this holiday season because there are a lot of blessings that we received as well.

  • It is always fun to look back on Christmases past and see what it was like compared to now. So, Elizabeth, it seems that 2018 was a tough one in that you lost a family member and that car accident seemed bad. But you too survived. I wonder how it was compared to this December during a year of pandemic, financial crisis, and other possible pains? I always think it is funny when I hear, “if I knew then what I know now..” Well, this year has been brutal for us but I wonder what it taught me and how it compares to pains of my past that I thought were too hard to over come yet I did. Perhaps by reflecting on that, I can see the true Hope in the Holidays and in life.

    • Yes, each year brings its blessings and challenges and it is often in retrospect that we come to understand and appreciate both. There is hope in the world. Stay faithful.

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