Celebrate the Sixth Day of Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, six geese a laying

I think of meals as sacramental moments; each one a remembrance of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. As you celebrate the birth, take time at each meal today to remember the reason for Christ coming to earth.

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Celebrate the Fifth Day of Christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, five gold rings.

Think of the gold rings a symbolizing all that you have and share with someone in need.

  • Make a post-Christmas donation to a charity. The need is still there.
  • Go grocery shopping and donate some of your purchases to the local food bank.
  • Give some cash to a panhandler.
  • Buy a coffee for someone on the street.

As you share what you have, much more will come back to you.

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Celebrate the Fourth Day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, four calling birds

Use today to prepare your personal communication tools for next year.

  • Make sure you have a diary or journal (aff)
  • Bring your address book up to date
  • Organise your calendar with dates that require greeting cards or letters
  • Start or work on a scrapbook
  • Start or work on your web presence: web sites or social media, etc.
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Celebrate the Third Day of Christmas

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, Three French Hens

On the church calendar, today is the feast day of St. John the Apostle (St. John the Divine). When Jesus was on the cross, he gave John the responsibility of looking after his mother, Mary.

On this day, look for ways to support, help or celebrate a mother. Perhaps a relative that was unable to make your holiday celebrations; a mother who has lost a child in the past year; or a senior who is on her own at this time of year.

  • Give them a call
  • Invite them for a meal
  • Take them out for coffee
  • Take them a gift basket
  • Volunteer to take them or run errands for them.

This can be a lonely time of year for some mothers. Look for ways to wrap them in friendship and love.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Self-Improvement

Often our new year’s resolutions focus on specific behaviours we wish to change: weight loss, exercise more, etc. It’s good to have specific goals with outcomes in mind when trying to make changes to a specific habit.

What if you’re looking to improve the way you live your whole life? What sort of resolutions can direct you to an improved quality of life? Here are ten resolutions that can affect change in all areas of your life. Print them and stick them someplace where you will see them daily.

This year I resolve:

  1. To live life to the fullest of my ability, in everything I do.
  2. To never waste the time available to me, but to make each minute count.
  3. To never do anything which I would not want to do if I knew it was the last hour of my life.
  4. To never do anything motivated by revenge or a desire to get even with anyone else.
  5. To always look for the best in others and never idly speak in a negative way about others.
  6. To always ask myself, how I can improve what I am doing.
  7. When I experience difficulties, I look for lessons I can learn from the circumstances and for things that make me stronger.
  8. To learn from the successful behaviours and actions of people around me.
  9. To look for ways to improve the lives of those less fortunate than I.
  10. To always think and speak positively.
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Celebrate the Second Day of Christmas

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a piece on ending Christmas slowly. I like the idea of stretching the celebration of Christmas through the full twelve days. Over the next days, I am going to post some ideas for celebrating using the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as a guide.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two turtle doves.

Turtle Doves form strong pair bonds and therefore have been used to symbolize love. On the second day of Christmas, make a date with someone you love. Whether spouse or significant other, family or friend, do something special together.

  • Go for a walk.
  • Meet for coffee
  • Have dinner at a special restaurant
  • Take in a movie
  • Invite them for a home-cooked dinner

There are lots of options. Make a special time for just the two of you.

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