A Christmas gift…

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Never get tired of doing little things for others, sometimes those little things occupy the biggest parts of their hearts – Unknown

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A Christmas story..

When I was little, my grandpa had cancer.  He and my grandma were exhausted from all the treatments and emotions over the previous months, and so decided not to make the two-hour drive to have Christmas with the rest of the family. So my mom arranged for us to drive to their home without them knowing and when we arrived, we all stood outside their home singing Christmas carols to surprise them.

I’ll never forget the look on my grandma’s face when she drew back the curtains to see what was going on outside — it makes me tear up just to think about how excited she was. My grandpa died a month later, but my grandma has always said how grateful she was that we didn’t forget about him on what ended up being his last Christmas.



Sometimes the best gifts we can give each other at Christmas is our time.  The story above reminded me to be more thoughtful and considerate when it comes to giving this year.  Often we can get caught up spending far too much at christmas, when deep down, we all love receiving gifts from the heart.

I also wanted to take this time to thank all my beautiful readers who have contributed to my blog this year.  Thankyou for taking the time to share your thoughts and views on my posts, thankyou for your support.  Thankyou to the wonderful bloggers that I follow as well.  Thankyou for inspiring me and for creating space for me to laugh, learn and be present each day.  I wish you all a peaceful, warm christmas and I look forward to connecting with you all in the New Year.  Namaste!

53 thoughts on “A Christmas gift…

  1. You, dear Karen, are the embodiment of the law of attraction. YOU create a space where all feel welcome to laugh, love and share in this Merry-go-round we call life, and thus you reap what you sow. Sending you all the blessings of the season, and ever so much love….

    1. You are very kind Lori! Thankyou. Is it possible in the New Year we may have your blog up and running again? I hope so. Sending lots of love to you and your family too during this season. Take care. 🎄🎉🎄🎉💕

      1. Awwww, thank you for asking, Karen. I really do need to get back to it, and goodness knows those two give me plenty of fodder! 😉 wishing you and yours the most blessed of holidays, too….

  2. Thank you, Karen, for always providing thought-worthy reading here at you “home”. I enjoy your wise words and sage advice every time I come here. I wish you & yours a wonderful Christmas and a very happy 2017 ❤

  3. Wish there was a LOVE button Karen – what a great story to illustrate what’s really important. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year as well. ❤
    Diana xo

    1. Yes let’s create a “love” button Diana, I have wanted to press that a few times on many blogs.,Have a wonderful and warm snuggly Christmas, I will send you my sunny days and I look forward to connecting with you in the New Year. Much love 💕🎉🎄🎉💕🎉🎄

    1. Thankyou Sawsan. It’s so lovely to connect with such beautiful people around the world. I am very grateful too. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and I look forward to talking in the New Year. Much love 💕🎄💕

  4. I love this reminder, Karen! So many times it is the “little” things that add up to giant things in our hearts. I’m glad your family took that trek that Christmas. ..and I’m glad you never forgot it! Blessings ♡

  5. Beautiful story, as tells directly what Christmas should be about, Karen 🙂
    Thank you for being you and for all you wonderful posts, dear friend. You never disappoint your readers.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    1. Buon Natale Alan! Thankyou for your kind words and for your wonderful support of my book and blog this year. I wish you a very peaceful Christmas and many blessings to you and your family in the New Year. 🎄🙏🏻🎄🙏🏻🎄

  6. What a sweet memory. Your story reminds me that singing Christmas carols to people at nursing homes or to those who don’t get out much, has been one of the most meaningful and enriching experiences of my life.

  7. Thank you for your inspiration! I look forward to your blog each and every time. And I agree with you on time. Each year, I pare back a bit more on the Christmas “fuss” so I can be more relaxed and present with my family. It has made a huge difference. Happy New Year!

  8. So late to this one Karen but love the story. Christmas is a time to be thankful that we are able to come together once more because you never know if you will make it to the next year. There are no guarantees and so we must live for the now.

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