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It is going to be a strange Christmas this year. All the plans I had at the beginning of the year were shattered by my brother’s death. Still I need to try and get through the holidays and try and bring as much joy to Mike’s daughter and grandchildren as I can. I am going to try and focus on some of the positive things between now and Christmas. One of the positives in my life has been my art. The Daily Kos community has really been here for me. I don’t have much in the way of monetary goods but I can share my art. So for the next few days I’ll be sharing some of my art here as a thank you gift to the community as we count down towards Christmas.

I have my tree up with the “help” of Merlin and Pixie. Of course Trimming the Tree would have been easier if I had these two to help instead.

 Trimming the Tree

I loved living in the Chicago area. In fact if it hadn’t been for Bernadette and the kids being down here in North Carolina I may have moved back there. One year when I was in the area we had so much snow on the ground that I swear that Chicago Winter Dreams was happening.

 Chicago Winter Dreams

Thinking about Christmas always reminds me of my Dad. He was the biggest kid around Christmas time. He loved the song Ghost Riders in the Sky.

 Ghost Riders in the Sky

My Mom taught school and it is no surprise that one of her favorite songs was Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Of course I had to put Pixie in the picture for her.

 Teddy Bears Picnic

We end today’s pictures with an image that my Mom really loved The Star and the Moon. See you again tomorrow with more art.

 Star and Moon


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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 06:40:38 AM PST

  •  Just beautiful, thank you. (4+ / 0-)
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    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 10:28:29 AM PST

  •  Thanks for sharing your artwork. These pieces (4+ / 0-)
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    are wonderful.

    The first holiday season cycle after my mom passed was very very hard for my dad and me but at least we had each other to get through it.  Our tradition was to open presents on Xmas Eve, just the three of us: me, mom and dad.  That first time opening gifts without mom there was very, very hard.  Dad and I both had tears streaming down our faces as we opened our gifts.  Later after going off to bed I imagined my mom celebrating the birth of Christ up in Heaven and what an amazing celebration it must be.  It made me feel joy that she was there no longer in pain, or afraid, or sad.  That helped a lot.  (I'm not trying to push God on you if you're not a believer BTW.)

    Maybe it will be a good thing for you to be able to shift your focus to the kids.  It might not hurt any less but the distraction factor could prove valuable.

    Anyway I look forward to enjoying more of your work in the coming days and again, thanks for sharing :)

    "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." Ted Kennedy 1980 DNC Keynote Speech

    by Dumas EagerSeton on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 01:49:34 PM PST

    •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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      I am religious and that has helped to get me through. In addition to losing my brother I lost my favorite Aunt this year. It feels weird to not be sending her a Christmas card. I know they are up there celebrating together but it will be a strange Christmas without them.

      "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

      by michelewln on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 02:23:23 PM PST

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  •  Fascinating as always. (4+ / 0-)
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    I love your celebration of the imagination.  

  •  Wow! Just WOW!!!!! Thx..... (4+ / 0-)
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