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“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

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

DECEMBER WISHES:  As we celebrate all that this month/season has to offer us, it would be wise to pause and reflect on the ending year, the many events that occurred, and our wishes for the coming year. December is a special time for so many and yet, it is also a time of great pain, suffering, and loneliness for others. If we can take a message to heart from this post, it would be to remember to be compassionate with others and with ourselves. Compassion opens the door to our hearts and prompts us to remember to be charitable and kind. Compassion reminds us to be gentle with ourselves and less critical of others. So, take a moment to read the list of events below, and see if any of them speaks to your heart. Reach out, find some time to pick a cause that resonates with your own beliefs, and give someone a helping hand this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

 

  • December 1: World AIDS Day.
  • December 2: National Pollution Control/ Cyber Monday/ International Day Abolish Slavery
  • December 3: World Day of Persons with Disabilities/Giving Tuesday
  • December 4: National Cookie Day
  • December 5: International Volunteer Day/World Soil Day
  • December 7: International Civil Aviation Day/ Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
  • December 9: Green Monday/ Anti-Corruption Day/International Day Commemoration Victims of Genocide
  • December 10: Universal Human Rights Month/Human Rights Day
  • December 11: International Mountain Day.
  • December 12: International Day of Neutrality/Universal Health Coverage Day
  • December 14: World Energy Conservation Day
  • December 15: Bill of Rights Day
  • December 17: Wright Brothers Day
  • December 18: International Migrants Day
  • December 20: International Human Solidarity Day
  • December 21: Winter Solstice
  • December 22: First Day of Hanukkah, National Mathematics Day.
  • December 24: National Consumers Day.
  • December 25: Christmas Day.
  • December 26: Boxing Day, First Day of Kwanzaa
  • December 30: Last Day of Hanukkah

 

READ 2018: Motivation Mondays: Enjoyment of Life
Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS
Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day
Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes
Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

READ 2017: Motivation Monday: HUBRIS
Motivation Mondays: PRESCIENCE
Motivation Mondays: MORAL COMPASS
Motivation Mondays: Cherish Christmas & Holidays
Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

 

“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

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

DECEMBER WISHES: Over the 10+ years I’ve been blogging, I have accumulated a treasure trove of posts on so many topics dear to my heart. For this December post, I decided to revisit each year of my blogging journey and share some of those December topics with you. I didn’t share every single post from the many December topics I’ve covered but, I hope the carefully curated selections here will pique your interest and get you thinking more about what December means to you. I love that Christmas and Hanukkah coincide in December and that many kids, like mine, with parents of dual faith, can enjoy celebrations of both faiths. My kids enjoy the lighting of the menorah and Christmas tree, the gelt and holiday presents they receive from both and the solicitous attention of family near and far during this season…
My letter to Santa is a yearly staple and I share it unapologetically because it speaks to so many thoughts and wishes we all hold dear. Plus, as Coolidge aptly says in the quote above, Christmas is a state of mind and we might as well develop the real spirit of the season. Enjoy it.

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,
xoxo

Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
Buone vacanze!
Joyeuses Fêtes!
ハッピーバカンス!
节日快乐!
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!
Wesolych Swiat!

A Simple Request…

READ 2016: Motivation Mondays: ABUNDANCE
Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS
Motivation Mondays: The Holiday Season
Haiku: A Glimmer of HOPE
Motivation Mondays: What Matters?
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Motivation Mondays: HOLIDAY SPIRIT #mondaymotivation
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“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

 

Motivation Mondays: END OF YEAR WISHES

Motivation Mondays: END OF YEAR WISHES

 

DECEMBER WISHES: Yes, December is a bewitching month and it arrives and flies by so quickly that it can take a big memory jug to remember all the things we love and cherish about it. I love it because both my Mom and younger brother have December birthdays and birthdays are very special in my book. They remind us to celebrate the gift of life and be grateful for all the good around us. So, Happy December Birthday to my beloved younger brother,  to my beloved late Mom, and to all the December babies and celebrants out there!

On another note, I love poetry because it has always been a big part of my life. I wrote my own little poems from as early as I can remember during my childhood. Most of my poems were ghastly, a few treasures came through but, the process has always fascinated me. I continue to explore haiku and other forms of poetry in my leisure time and I have shared some, over the years, on this blog. Do you have a hidden creative side that you don’t share? Make an effort to share more in the coming year and let go of the need for perfection… the process is worth the effort. Press on and come back for more.

 

A Year of Nature Poems By Joseph Coelho
“December is a bewitching month.
The grey of cold teases
to explode into something worthwhile,
into a dream of cold,
a starlight shower you can taste,
a cold that does not chill.

I’ve lost my memory
of my first snow–
did I gasp at a field of white?
Or scream at the freeze
until my cheeks reddened?

The crunch underfoot is satisfying
and the thrill of virgin snow
near leaves.”

READ 2014: Motivation Mondays: ACCEPTANCE
Reflections: Homelessness & Holiday Seasons
International Volunteer Day: 10 Ways You Can Participate
Weekly Photo Challenge: Unforgettable…
Motivation Mondays: The BUSY BUSY TRAP
Try The World: Gifts Of Finest Foods Curated Globally
Interview with Peter Wells: Author of Living Life Backwards
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Reflections: What Makes You Feel Rich?
Motivation Mondays: Joy!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth
Musings: Merry Christmas Wishes…
Motivation Mondays: REGRETS

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Reflections: 2013 Redux

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for NOV–DEC 2019 are:

NOV

11/01 – 01 All Saints Day, 02 All Souls Day
11/03 – 03 Daylight Savings Day, 04 Election Day,
11/10 – 11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 16 International Tolerance Day
11/17 – 20 Universal Children’s Day
11/24 – 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 28 Thanksgiving Day

DEC

12/01 – 01 World AIDS Day, 03 Giving Tuesday, World Day of Persons with Disabilities, 05 International Volunteer Day, 07 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
12/08 – 09 International Day Commemoration Victims of Genocide, 10 Universal Human Rights Month/Human Rights Day, 12 Universal Health Coverage Day
12/15 – 15 Bill of Rights Day, 18 International Migrants Day, 20 International Human Solidarity Day, 21 Winter Solstice
12/22 – 22 First Day of Hanukkah, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Boxing Day, First Day of Kwanzaa
12/29 – 30 Last Day of Hanukkah, 31 New Year’s Eve

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2019?

 

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“December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…” John Geddes

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

DECEMBER WISHES: One thing I know for sure is that times flies by and waits for no one. Whether we like it or not, the clock of life and the days of our lives tick-tock by. We can spend our lives bemoaning all the things we wish we coulda, shoulda done, or we can get on with living it by being present to what calls our attention in the here and now. It is easy to forget that as we daydream about future events or plans we would love to accomplish. Start with being present and add some joy to someone else’s life. My Pastor recently spoke about three important elements we need, inorder to have success in all areas of our personal and spiritual lives: we need Passion, Commitment, and Grace. Think about it … the self-made man/woman is an illusion. We need the help and support of others to reach our goals and that is where grace is imperative.

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.

 

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Memories: The Longest Walk…
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“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” James M. Barrie

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

 

Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It’s a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play. Maya Angelou
December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come. Fennel Hudson
There’s something super special about December. Charmaine J. Forde
I’ve come to sing you a song called December. Ryan Murphy
Through the small tall bathroom window, the December yard is gray and scratchy, the tree calligraphic. Dave Eggers

 

DECEMBER WISHES: Recently, as some of you might know, I went to Nigeria for my Mother’s funeral. On my return, I shared some of my insights and experience with the admins/mods in the social media groups I manage. My wish for EVERYONE  this holiday season is that you make time to spend with your loved ones; that you remember to be compassionate with yourself and with others; that you give back to those in need; and that you take the sage advice of Oren Arnold’s 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.”

I will share the same insights about my trip here: I am completely emotionally, mentally, and physically wiped out from my trip home for my mom’s funeral. It was great to spend quality time with my immediate family, to reconnect with extended family, long-time friends and all the thousands of well-wishers who showed up for the services and funeral. It was great to reconnect with my youngest brother (from another mom) whom I hadn’t seen for so many years, to visit my ancestral home, and to touch my dad’s gravestone again and walk around his mausoleum.
I had a magical, protected, and beautiful time with my family back home; it was 12 days of nonstop events and activities related to the funeral. We gave tributes, readings, had meetings, dealt with some behind the scene drama, had the highest level security and shared some sad moments with close friends and others in between the grace and blessings.
For the first time in my life, I got on the plane back to NY, strapped myself into my seatbelt, and passed out from exhaustion. I was out cold when the plane took off… I woke up when the flight attendants were serving dinner. I’ve traveled a lot in my lifetime and I have NEVER fallen asleep before takeoff but I did this time. Again, I was mentally, emotionally and physically drained.
I am still digesting my experience and I am grateful that after 34 years of surviving a stroke and the challenges that came with it, my determined and God-fearing mother was given a beautiful and loving homegoing. That said, I am still exhausted and slowly getting back on track. I went straight back to work when I returned. Getting back on the grind in NY is not always fun but, it is my reality for now. I will be up and running again soon (literally, and more on that announcement in the New Year), and I wish all you a fantastic holiday season. May you all be abundantly blessed. I remain grateful. To God, I give the glory.

 WISHING YOU and YOUR LOVED ONES A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON AND A FANTASTIC NEW YEAR!

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Positive Motivation Tip: Make time to spend with your loved ones; be compassionate with yourself and with others; give back to those in need, and take the sage advice of Oren Arnold’s holiday gift suggestions.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos – via Pixabay, Hanukkah
Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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181 Comments leave one →
  1. Adriana permalink
    17/12/2019 5:05 am

    December is a wonderful month. I love the holiday times especially spending time with family means so much. I loved the poems in this post. I hope that you have a wonderful holiday

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 9:06 am

      Thank you and wishing you much more…

    • Hina Umar permalink
      03/01/2020 3:52 am

      What a thoughtful post! I didn’t know about a lot of things these events in December.

      • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
        03/01/2020 4:05 am

        I’m glad you do now…

  2. jenschreiner permalink
    17/12/2019 6:55 am

    All great reminders. We should be living each day like the holiday season. Thanks for sharing

  3. Margaret @ Live Like No One Else permalink
    17/12/2019 7:02 am

    I love this. I love the very first part with the quote of wishes. I feel exactly the same way. It’s a nice reminder now as the holidays are usually so hectic. It’s nice to reflect a little.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      03/01/2020 4:14 am

      Yes, it helps to do some reflecting frankly. 🙂

  4. Milica permalink
    17/12/2019 7:12 am

    These moodboards are absolutely amazing!

  5. Audrey McClelland permalink
    17/12/2019 7:26 am

    I have to agree with you that it is important to take pause and reflect. Thank you for outlining all of the important dates in December I love that list.

  6. jkblooming4gmailcom permalink
    17/12/2019 7:43 am

    Just stopped in to say thanks for the great motivating post and wish you happy holidays.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 9:05 am

      Thank you!

  7. Nina permalink
    17/12/2019 7:59 am

    I personally do not celebrate Christmas but I do think everyone could benefit from having a giving spirit and positive vibes year round. A grateful attitude is always a good thing to have!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 9:05 am

      So true… 🙂

  8. Neely permalink
    17/12/2019 9:09 am

    I love this! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to more of your posts int he new year.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 9:05 am

      Likewise too. 🙂

  9. Stephanie permalink
    17/12/2019 10:08 am

    I am so sorry to read about your mom, but as you said, it’s so important to remember to take time to enjoy those around you. That trip could not have been an easy one, but at least you were able to see family and spend time with them. Making those memories is so important. We spent time with my family for Thanksgiving this year and will be with my husband’s family for Christmas. I try my best to make sure my kids get ample time with both sides of the family.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 9:05 am

      Thank you and true… 🙂

  10. Chi Chi permalink
    17/12/2019 1:05 pm

    Heart warming gifts indeed, priceless generosity.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 9:00 am

      Thank you dear one. 🙂

  11. Marcie W. permalink
    17/12/2019 2:37 pm

    I love your heartfelt wish for December. I am hoping this month provides us all with clear self-reflection and peace.

  12. Bree L. permalink
    17/12/2019 2:41 pm

    I love the idea that Christmas is a state of mind, and that you need to develop spirit and enjoy it!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:58 am

      Same here!

  13. Matt Taylor permalink
    17/12/2019 2:43 pm

    Thanks for including the calendar of things going on in December! 🙂 And yes it is so important to be compassionate towards others. 🙂 If everyone acted that way, the world would be much better off!

  14. Fae Celine permalink
    17/12/2019 3:29 pm

    December is my favorite month, aside from the Holidays and all the festive vibe, it is also my birth month, its such a perfect time to reflect back on your year and makes me feel inspired and motivated and to look forward to what the new year brings

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:57 am

      Birthday blessings sent your way!

  15. Angela Tolsma permalink
    17/12/2019 4:00 pm

    The importance of spending time with loved ones is one I can’t express enough. It should be important year round. Making sure no one is alone is vital. So much inspiration here

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:57 am

      Amen and agreed! 🙂

  16. Tushar Nakra permalink
    17/12/2019 5:03 pm

    I have so many items from this wishlist in my wishlist!

  17. Michael Oyco permalink
    17/12/2019 6:23 pm

    Man, time flies so fast! December already? Anyway, as long as the Family is okay, everything is fine.

  18. HilLesha O'Nan permalink
    17/12/2019 7:23 pm

    This time of the year isn’t the easiest for many! Therefore, having compassion for others is crucial.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:56 am

      Agreed 100%

  19. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    17/12/2019 11:45 pm

    December is the one month I so much look forward to! That’s because of one reason…I get to reconnect with myself and my loved ones which I had failed to do during the course of the year. I enjoy myself the most and this year won’t be any different!

    Happy holidays, Elizabeth.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:56 am

      Enjoy it! 🙂

  20. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    18/12/2019 4:08 am

    Peace, Compassion, Love, Thankfulness – so many things to truly reflect upon this season. They bring a powerful connection into our lives.

  21. Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen permalink
    18/12/2019 5:14 am

    Love this post! It’s so easy to forget what is really important during the holidays!

  22. Renee permalink
    18/12/2019 8:22 am

    Very fun read! This is such a great time of year

  23. Ran | Travel & Lifestyle permalink
    18/12/2019 8:39 am

    Love this! Very nice round-up. Maligayang pasko to everyone!

  24. Alyx B permalink
    18/12/2019 10:40 am

    Wow, this is so perfect! We need more motivation Mondays! Thank you for sharing!

  25. Samar permalink
    18/12/2019 10:49 am

    Thanks for the advance wishes.

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  26. Mike A. permalink
    18/12/2019 11:30 am

    Lots of good, motivational stuff here! Really like your letter to Santa!

  27. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    18/12/2019 11:51 am

    This is such a good post. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Brianna permalink
    18/12/2019 12:32 pm

    Beautiful post! I pray for peace next year. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of this month!

  29. The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    18/12/2019 6:28 pm

    thanks for sharing the list of dates. happy international migrants day. i am proud to be an immigrant to america. joy

  30. amberleshae permalink
    18/12/2019 6:59 pm

    Love the holiday gift suggestions box!!

  31. Ewa permalink
    18/12/2019 10:18 pm

    Nice idea with this summary December wishes from the years. It shows an interesting perspective for you and your blog. Good work and I wish you many happy Christmas.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 9:00 am

      Wishing you much more… thanks again!

  32. Ewa permalink
    18/12/2019 10:19 pm

    Nice idea with this summary December wishes from the years. It shows an interesting perspective for you and your blog. Good work and I wish you many happy Christmas.

  33. Kate permalink
    19/12/2019 12:05 am

    December is always a month of reflection for me. I’m already thinking about the year about to end and looking ahead to next year…

  34. Autumn permalink
    19/12/2019 12:26 am

    I love the holiday season and they joy and love this time of year that people have in their heart. I didn’t realize their were so many wonderful days to celebrate during the month of December. Thank you for your list and happy holidays to you and your family!

  35. Yemi permalink
    19/12/2019 1:27 am

    Very informative I never knew there were so many special days in December.

  36. Susann Deysel permalink
    19/12/2019 2:45 am

    Wow, you really have aggregated quite a collection of posts on celebration topics!

  37. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    19/12/2019 4:14 am

    This year brought so much sadness and worry. My mom passed away in February. Then my niece was diagnosed with a hepatic cyst (thankfully it was benign), and then my husband had open heart surgery. All I wish for in the coming year is for all my loved ones to have good health. No more illness, no more pain.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:55 am

      Amen to that. So sorry, my condolences for your loss and best wishes for better in 2020 to your family.

  38. babygotbalance permalink
    19/12/2019 6:14 am

    I love your advice to be compassionate to yourself – so important, especially during stressful times/busy seasons!

  39. charlenemarie11 permalink
    19/12/2019 7:13 am

    This is such a fun post! What a great way to start each month. Also, there is just so much to celebrate this month. I love December!

  40. Luna S permalink
    19/12/2019 7:18 am

    Lovely read! You’ve jam packed a lot of great information and some great photos into the post.

  41. Kate Murray • Vogue Media permalink
    19/12/2019 7:46 am

    So true, time flies and waits for no one. I enjoyed reading this post, it allowed me to let time stand still for just a moment so I could reflect! Peace and blessings to you and yours this holiday season!

  42. Nicole permalink
    19/12/2019 8:13 am

    I always really enjoy your posts in these motivational posts. I agree that the holidays are always a little extra special when you get to spend them with close family. That’s definitely my plan for this year. Thanks for sharing!

  43. sabrina barbante permalink
    19/12/2019 8:30 am

    I find december is the best moment for re-connecting with the self and wait for the light of the year to come back again; it’s a month when I like going slow, respecting my need to stay home and thinking about the next projects but without the typical stress of planning. It’s the right time to dream more than to plan

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:54 am

      Dream… yes.

  44. Wren Marie permalink
    19/12/2019 8:51 am

    The holidays are a great time to truly remind people you care about them. It is not just about gifts, but togetherness and helping those in need. The holidays are a great many things to everyone and no two people are the same.

  45. WanderlustBeautyDreams permalink
    19/12/2019 8:59 am

    I think it’s so important to reflect on the year in December. So much to look back up whether it’s highs or lows and plan new goals for the next year!

  46. Beauty with Lala (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    19/12/2019 10:22 am

    This time of the year is my favorite season. It really is a magical time x

    Laura

  47. Marjie Mare permalink
    19/12/2019 1:14 pm

    Happy Holidays to you, my blogger friend, once we take time to pause and reflect on our blessings, we fall in love with everything and we appreciate more.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:53 am

      Amen…

  48. Bella permalink
    19/12/2019 6:29 pm

    This is such a wonderful post, Thank you for sharing this so lovely.

  49. Courtney permalink
    19/12/2019 7:05 pm

    Omg love it! I always try to forgive everyone. It’s jut always easy, but it does give you peace!

  50. Christa Anne permalink
    19/12/2019 8:44 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Wishing for you peace and love and light and rest. ❤️

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:59 am

      Amen and thank you! 🙂

  51. Kevin Akidi permalink
    19/12/2019 9:46 pm

    I agree We should remember those going through hard times at Christmas time because the happiest time for others is also the hardest time for others. Share the Christmas blessings with those who need it the most.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:52 am

      Well said… 🙂

  52. Angela permalink
    19/12/2019 10:06 pm

    I love the idea of picking a good cause this Christmas. That’s what the spirit of Christmas should be all about – reaching out to others.

  53. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    19/12/2019 11:31 pm

    thanks so much for this sharing, very insightful as always & happy Dec to all!
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  54. Chad permalink
    20/12/2019 4:17 am

    I am so sorry you lost your mom, of course you’re emotionally drained, this is not easy!!! Wish you all the blessings this holiday season.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:59 am

      Wishing you much more… thank you! 🙂

  55. aisasami permalink
    20/12/2019 4:21 am

    Happy Holidays to you as well. For me, I tried something new during this month: I donate a present to an orphan. This is my first time doing such a thing and I was really happy to help out. I don’t know if he enjoyed his present yet as the program said they will give out the presents on Christmas.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:52 am

      He will… good for you

  56. Think Happy Thoughts permalink
    20/12/2019 8:18 am

    I love reading your Motivation Mondays posts! Keep it going!

  57. Claudia H. Blanton permalink
    20/12/2019 11:13 am

    I love the visual and the sensations that the poem brought forth in me – memories from childhood snow piles, and that delicious crunch of freshly fallen virgin snow – delightful! Thanks for taking me back. Now that we are living in Las Vegas, there is not much snow, if any around – at least not in the City. However, while driving I can see the snow-caps on the mountains that we are surrounded by, and it always makes me smile

    Happy Holidays !

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:52 am

      Glad you remembered… 🙂

  58. Jay Mih permalink
    20/12/2019 1:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing your list. On Nationals Consumer Day I will refrain from shopping…we don’t need a lot just the basics!!!

  59. karen permalink
    20/12/2019 1:58 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  60. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    20/12/2019 2:27 pm

    This year has been good to me (though there were sad things too) but I’m just so grateful I can’t wish for anything more, except for better and best things maybe for deserving people.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:51 am

      Just wish best for all… you will be fine. 🙂

  61. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    20/12/2019 2:39 pm

    By far my favorite month of the year and I love to grant my friends and family’s wishes as to what they want as gifts! If I can make it happen, I will make it happen! 🙂

  62. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    20/12/2019 7:27 pm

    Peace and slowing down in this month are important to me. Need more time with my family and friends.

  63. Lala Kerry permalink
    20/12/2019 10:42 pm

    This year I won’t be celebrating Christmas with others apart from staying home XD
    Thanks for sharing!

  64. myspiritualshenanigans permalink
    21/12/2019 12:51 am

    You’re very brave and strong to undergo the situation with your mother. Warm wishes and love and light to you.

  65. destinationscassie permalink
    21/12/2019 6:34 am

    I learned a lot from this article. So many ways to give. So many ways to step out of comfort zone and make the world a little brighter. Thanks!

  66. Jasmine - Blogging and Living permalink
    21/12/2019 9:05 am

    I love December! It is one of my favorite months of the year. I not only get to spend more time with family and friends, but I also start thinking about the new year and the goals that I want to set for my life.

  67. WanderlustBeautyDreams permalink
    21/12/2019 10:08 am

    Loved this motivational post. Especially almost ending the month and year, it’s good to keep these things in mind.

  68. Myrah Duque permalink
    21/12/2019 11:37 am

    Thanks for the December wishes list, it comes in handy. I love the letter to Santa.

  69. Gervin Khan permalink
    21/12/2019 5:54 pm

    I do love your gift suggestions and these are a perfect gift to give on this Christmas day and I can say no more on it.

    ” 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”

  70. Samar permalink
    21/12/2019 6:58 pm

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy good health and prosperity.

  71. amayszingblogs permalink
    21/12/2019 8:04 pm

    Before the year ends I want to thankful because I’m still blessed despite those challenges that I encounter this year. My December wish is to be grateful in 2020 and good health for me and my family Happy Holidays Elizabeth 🙂

  72. jkblooming4gmailcom permalink
    21/12/2019 9:05 pm

    Seasons greeting to you and thanks for such a well thought of motivational post. It is heart warming.

  73. Lily permalink
    21/12/2019 9:47 pm

    Wow it’s amazing you’ve been blogging for 10+ years. You are one of the most passionate bloggers out here, cheers to 10 more years!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:49 am

      Haha… and likewise

  74. Kevin Akidi permalink
    21/12/2019 10:23 pm

    December is my favorite month of the year, everything is a lot more colorful, people are more joyful. It all seems to go by so fast that we barely stop to ponder the true meaning of Christmas or to even think of others.

  75. Marjie Mare permalink
    22/12/2019 9:01 am

    The holiday gift suggestions from Oren Arnold is phenomenal. Forgiveness tolerance, service, charity are perfect gifts to give oneself and others.

  76. ameliapollock147 permalink
    22/12/2019 9:59 am

    This is really inspiring and helpful. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!!

  77. The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    22/12/2019 1:38 pm

    that was so cool to see all the different ways to write merry christmas. how fun. thanks for sharing so much. joy happy christmas.

  78. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    23/12/2019 2:26 am

    2019 was not a good year for me and my family. My mom passed away, my husband had open heart surgery, my youngest son was not hired for his dream job on a cruise liner. Financially we were struggling the whole year. Hopefully, the coming year will be easier (God Willing.)

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:48 am

      Wow… My condolences on your loss… Sending you love, hugs and prayers for a fruitful 2020

  79. Scott Gombar permalink
    23/12/2019 5:36 am

    For me December wishes would be for everything to slow down a little for a few days so I can enjoy it with my family, especially my kids. Then by Jan 2 I will be refreshed and ready to go for 2020.

  80. Gervin Khan permalink
    23/12/2019 5:41 am

    I am sure that one of the most favorite month of every person is the month of December because this is the month of celebrating Christmas wherein LOVE, CARE, KINDNESS. FORGIVENESS and CHARITY are so pure in every hearts.
    And before this year end, my wishes are to have peace on earth and more love and unity for everyone.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:46 am

      Amen. 🙂

  81. Jasmin permalink
    23/12/2019 7:05 am

    Nice motivational post as always. It’s good to take a moment to reflect and hold on to our dreams and wishes.

  82. Jasmine Watts permalink
    23/12/2019 7:25 am

    Indeed, this month is really special. A lot of important gatherings to share with families and friends. Great post!

  83. EmmanDamian permalink
    23/12/2019 7:36 am

    December is all about giving and being nice. Also, it’s all about giving priority to your loved ones and friends.

  84. A Chronic Voice (@AChVoice) permalink
    23/12/2019 8:47 am

    I am sorry to hear about your loss, and love that your wishes are so simple and meaningful. Wishing you a blessed season, and sending some warm hugs your way.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:45 am

      Thank you an likewise. 🙂

  85. Bella permalink
    23/12/2019 9:17 am

    This is such a wonderful post, Thank you for sharing, hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  86. Stephanie S permalink
    23/12/2019 10:01 am

    I think giving to a cause is a wonderful thing. Thank you for providing those links for each cause on your blog. I will be checking out some.

    Stephanie@crazylittlelovebirds

  87. Semmarys permalink
    23/12/2019 10:27 am

    Love your article. So not first poetic.

  88. Fransic verso permalink
    23/12/2019 10:29 am

    Amazing words and wishes, I always do have these wishes on December and other months as well. true, Christmas is state of mind.

  89. Angela permalink
    23/12/2019 11:14 am

    I love the letter to Santa, that is such a wonderful idea. I enjoyed reading the quotes you shared too!!!

  90. kidneyfornikki permalink
    23/12/2019 12:13 pm

    I appreciate your sentiments about spending time with loved ones. My mom passed in 2018 and my father moved in with our family. I try to encourage my kids to spend time with him while he’s here. Happy holidays to you!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:44 am

      Hugs and Happy Holidays to you too.

  91. Henson Bee permalink
    23/12/2019 12:37 pm

    it seems a lot of fun things you can do… happy holiday

  92. Silviya/forthebabywithlove permalink
    23/12/2019 12:47 pm

    It’s really good post and in the right period pf the year! Thank you so much for this, it’s really motivated and inspired me to continue on my goals! But also, you remind me about something very important – to believe in miracles and to not forget that they happen every single day!!! December is the most magical month of the year!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:22 am

      Yes, I believe in Miracles! 🙂

  93. bella permalink
    23/12/2019 12:51 pm

    this is such a great post, thank you for sharing this! happy holidays.

  94. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    23/12/2019 12:56 pm

    I hope you have a better than fantastic holiday! <3

  95. Nicole Anderson permalink
    23/12/2019 2:39 pm

    This is certainly the time of year when the majority of reflection takes place for most of us. Although under tragic circumstances, it was wonderful that you were able to make the trip back home to visit and connect with family. I’m sure that experience will always stay with you and was super-relevant for crafting this wonderful post, reminding us of what is so special at this time of year. Best wishes to you over this festive season.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:21 am

      Thank you and you are quite correct on that observation… Happy holidays to you/yours. 🙂

  96. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    23/12/2019 4:23 pm

    It’s so weird that this year is nearly over, it went by so fast! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  97. Jerri permalink
    23/12/2019 5:28 pm

    I love your pictures and your Christmas photos.

  98. Rosey Marie permalink
    23/12/2019 6:06 pm

    I just saw a man taken out of the woods on a stretcher. We prayed for him. All I could think is it’s Christmas. I know there are bigger problems at hand than that, but I still wished for that person to have a warm bed and content heart for the holiday. December is a time to be grateful. Any time is, but wrapping up the end of the year, with good thoughts in our hearts and ambitions for the new year, is always a good thing. Merry Christmas to you!

  99. Fuzion Mag permalink
    23/12/2019 8:14 pm

    Nice quotes here..! Love this blog, it’s perfect to read this as the year ends.

  100. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    23/12/2019 9:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a nice blog.. It’s great reading blog like this about peace as the Christmas approaches.

  101. Tiffany La Forge-Grau permalink
    23/12/2019 10:01 pm

    It is insane to me how quickly this month goes by every year. I wish every one a happy and warm holiday this year.

  102. delhifundos2014 permalink
    24/12/2019 1:16 am

    Indeed! I’m totally agree with this “There’s something super special about December”. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you too

  103. Lorita permalink
    24/12/2019 6:19 am

    Thanks for sharing all your past post. Merry Christmas to you.

  104. Sarah M permalink
    24/12/2019 9:42 am

    Spending time with love ones is so important and I keep this in my head because there are loads of distractions these days and I don’t want regret later in my life.

  105. Margaret | Live Like No One Else permalink
    24/12/2019 10:57 am

    Wonderful post. Loved the poetry too. By the way, Merry Christmas in Polish is “Wesolych Swiat”. 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/12/2019 8:08 am

      Thank you. I will add it to the list. 🙂

  106. The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    24/12/2019 12:38 pm

    happy christmas! i can’t believe i never heard of holidays by longfellow. thanks for sharing! JOY

  107. Surekha-dreamingloud.com permalink
    24/12/2019 8:41 pm

    Thanks for the very uplifting blog, I love the quotes that you’ve shared here. Christmas is here, we should all celebrate it with peace.

  108. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    25/12/2019 4:00 am

    Everyday is a reason to celebrate. Nothing is perfect, especially the people in this world, but we can all be grateful enough for the life given to us to be happy.

  109. Djiksea permalink
    25/12/2019 10:38 am

    Can you please do the next Motivation Monday about the new year?

  110. Henson Bee permalink
    25/12/2019 1:53 pm

    Wishes and wishes are good to say…. reflects our mind

  111. Razena permalink
    25/12/2019 9:04 pm

    I read the intro quote from Oren Arnold and it gave me all the feels. It also made me want to be better and do better as a human, a sister, an aunt and a provider.

  112. Bindu Thomas permalink
    26/12/2019 2:46 am

    December always brings joy and happiness. And hope. For the next year, for a better year. Loved your post.

  113. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    26/12/2019 3:47 am

    I’m taking all inspirations for positivity and I think being grateful for everything that has happened throughout the year should be appreciated, whether they are good or bad, because after all, all of these are learning experiences.

  114. Myrah Duque permalink
    26/12/2019 5:35 am

    These is a super motivational post. Thanks for the December wishes. I love poetry too, it is so relaxing.

  115. Mallory Bohling permalink
    26/12/2019 5:39 am

    A year of nature poem was a very enjoyable addition.

  116. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    26/12/2019 6:47 am

    Very powerful and effective gifts we cannot touch, rather to bring people closer together, improve who we are, and celebrate our connections. So many of them are calling to attention today!

  117. Christopher Mitchell permalink
    26/12/2019 8:35 am

    I love that poem by Longfellow! I didn’t even know that he wrote it, but it’s highly applicable to the whole ethos of then post!

  118. ameliapollock147 permalink
    26/12/2019 10:38 am

    Great Post. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  119. Sonali Choudhury permalink
    26/12/2019 10:59 am

    Loved the year of Nature poem. Beautiful!
    A Good read this December. Thanks for sharing.

  120. Dana Peller (@Pellerini) permalink
    26/12/2019 2:22 pm

    These are lovely wishing for this time of the year. I love the one about time flying. It definitely goes by way too fast.

  121. Marjie Mare permalink
    26/12/2019 4:43 pm

    Such an inspirational post as usual. My wish is for people to take more time to appreciate each other and be there for each other.

  122. MaJAc Collection permalink
    26/12/2019 9:11 pm

    I thought Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas were the only holidays.

  123. Alexis permalink
    27/12/2019 12:20 am

    I love that you revisited pervious December posts. Blogging is a journey and its fun to see where we were in years past.

  124. remo permalink
    27/12/2019 4:41 am

    Inspiring as usual. Keep up the good work. Happy Holidays!

  125. Jasmin permalink
    27/12/2019 6:56 am

    Love those quotes. Wishing everyone a great Decembver!

  126. shnooks gf permalink
    28/12/2019 11:44 am

    Happy holidays! And I really like that Poem and wishes .Thank you so much for sharing <3

  127. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    28/12/2019 3:33 pm

    thanks so much for this sharing, very insightful as always & happy Dec to wrap up 2019 & welcoming 2020
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  128. jojo vito permalink
    28/12/2019 7:44 pm

    I have so many wisher these holidays.for my family and friends and even those who have hurt me.

  129. Suanlian Tangpua permalink
    29/12/2019 1:11 am

    Great list! December is the most important month in the year. Thank you for the share.

  130. Lily permalink
    29/12/2019 3:26 am

    This is one of the most festive blogs I read. Not only do you appreciate every holiday season you do this all year around. Thanks for the wishes and many more for 2020

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      31/12/2019 6:00 am

      Likewise and thank you Lily!

  131. Jackline A permalink
    29/12/2019 4:15 am

    Always an interesting read. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  132. Ricardo Suarez Jr. permalink
    29/12/2019 3:24 pm

    All good reminders during the holiday season but actually throughout the year. Well done!

  133. Ms. P permalink
    29/12/2019 9:20 pm

    Your blogging Journey is admirable! Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays:)

  134. ebonynrobinson permalink
    30/12/2019 3:46 am

    This was such a useful post! I love tracking “it’s national day” type of days to celebrate the little things. Saving this for future use for sure!

  135. ameliapollock147 permalink
    30/12/2019 10:12 am

    Beautiful poems. I love the time we spend with family and friends in the Holiday Season. Happy Holidays!! Spread Love!!

  136. Subhashish Roy permalink
    31/12/2019 5:51 am

    December is such a wonderful month for celebrations. Hope you had a great time. Wish you the best for 2020.

  137. King permalink
    31/12/2019 1:02 pm

    December has always been a great month. Thanks for a wonderful post.. Happy New Year

  138. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    31/12/2019 3:47 pm

    ‘Christmas is a state of mind’ that’s a very beautiful line.

  139. You, Me and Benny permalink
    01/01/2020 5:18 pm

    December is a great time to celebrate and enjoy!!

  140. clydequin93 permalink
    02/01/2020 5:27 am

    How I wish all of us have this December state of mind, then we’re all happy and just celebrate life. Happy New Year to you and your family. 🙂

  141. Danielle permalink
    03/01/2020 8:46 am

    December seems to come and go so quickly with so many things to do and see. It s a fun month though and I love all the quality family time that I get.

  142. amandacroaff permalink
    03/01/2020 3:22 pm

    Life is too short to not treat every day like it’s a holiday. Loving the idea of a December state of mind. Happy New Year!

  143. Sonali Choudhury permalink
    06/01/2020 5:34 am

    Loved the New Year poem and really appreciate for the links you mentioned. The ways people can help others.
    Thanks for the motivation words.

  144. Lyanna Soria permalink
    09/01/2020 4:14 am

    This was such a wonderful read and inspired me for the year 2020. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  145. mblivinglife permalink
    22/01/2020 11:42 am

    I hope you enjoyed your holidays! I’m sorry about your mom – but I’m glad you got to spend quality time with family. Here’s to a happy & healthy New Year!

  146. Joanna permalink
    23/01/2020 12:25 am

    Happy holidays, I hope you had a great time together with your family. And may your new year bring you everything that you desire.

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