Guess What - The Shoe was on the 'Other Foot'!

Real Estate Agent with Long Realty SA657797000


 Christmas 2017 - Roger, Lola, and Allie


This is about a Christmas Blessing for us, though starts off with our "Friendsgiving" over Thanksgiving, for others!


Every year since we moved to Arizona we have been doing a "Friendsgiving" for Thanksgiving - I loved the idea of it! - as every year there were some of the same folks, and some different folks who joined us.  And those that were no longer 'with us', were in spirit.  Mainly our guests who are friends and neighbors are widows or widowers, and either are not seeing family for a major Holiday, or do not have family in the same state.  How fun it's been for 'me/us' to make that special dinner, have folks bring something that we all share, have some lively conversation, and then take home a plate of food and a small 'early' Christmas gift - it's different each year - one year it was small poinsettia plant, one year it was a small Panettone bread, etc.  


Well, guess what happened for us, this year at Christmas - the 'shoe was on the other foot' - who knew? 


Roger and I had tentative plans for Christmas Day that just fell apart, as they were planned by others and it was not something that gave me the Holiday Spirit.  I couldn't see spending an afternoon in a casino gambling, and then going to a buffet line at the same small casino.  Maybe I'm more traditional than I thought - HA!


So one evening, when walking Lola, I was talking with a neighbor who we have had over in the past for our annual Friendsgiving.  She asked if we had plans for Christmas Day, and I said that we were going to meet others at a casino.  I must not have sounded very excited about that prospect!  So this kind soul invited us to her house, with a few others who were not with 'family', for an early dinner.  It was w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l, and I cannot adequately express how it made my heart feel to be in a home with the Christmas Spirit and meeting others for the first time.  A small intimate group always has the opportunity where everyone can chat, and share part of themselves - especially since most of us were meeting for the first time.  Being invited as I viewed it, was more than special, it was meant to be . . .


So, for me, 'the shoe was on the other foot', and someone was kind enough to offer and include us in on their Christmas Day evening dinner, and that was a Blessing that I did not take for granted!  Now I really understand how others feel when we invite them, and have them in our home and share our 'good cheer', 'good food', and 'being included and listened to', over a major Holiday. 


Our Gift to Others in the past, was now Another's Gift to Us. 

Doesn't get any better than that . . .


HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2018 - TO ALL of the Active Rainers!!



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Comments (34)

Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

How wonderful for you - and how wonderful for the people you include at Thanksgiving.

Jan 02, 2018 03:34 PM
Allie Angeloni

Thank you for your kind words Marte Cliff!  It was a win/win situation for everyone . . .  and I had no idea we would be so lucky.   

Jan 02, 2018 09:11 PM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

What a nice story. I appreciate you sharing it  :-)

Jan 02, 2018 04:43 PM
Allie Angeloni

Thank you for your comment Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster.  It was not the first time we've done a Friendsgiving, but it was the first time we got an Invite for Christmas, when we really didn't have special plans!  Kind of like, 'what goes around comes around!'

Jan 02, 2018 09:10 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

You're so cute! <3

Jan 02, 2018 04:45 PM
Allie Angeloni

Well, thank you so much . . .    And, without a doubt, you are, too Candice A. Donofrio!  Just so we don't leave Luna out . . .  another beauty is recognized! 

Jan 02, 2018 09:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

When you give, you get, Allie and this is just one shining example! Like you, I'd rather be among a smaller, intimate group of friends 'at home' than in a casino, for sure!

LOVE your picture too! Hope you're having a great start to the New Year!

Jan 03, 2018 04:28 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Allie.  I'm so glad that this wonderful neighbor invited you in for Christmas.  That's the spirit of this holiday.

Jan 08, 2018 03:48 AM
Allie Angeloni

Yes, absolutely Gabe Sanders - it certainly was the Holiday Spirit and it made me feel so good!  Thank you for your comments.

Jan 08, 2018 10:31 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Allie, we do this for the holidays as well. We invite friends that can not be with their family or have no family. It is always a wonderful time. I am so glad you did not have to spend Christmas in a casino. Our friends wanted us to meet them in DC for the holidays. I told my husband I am not spending any holidays in that is what our friends like to do. 

Jan 13, 2018 11:31 AM
Allie Angeloni

How similar our Holidays could have gone Rebecca Gaujot!  How special that you do the same for friends, because for us, they become our family around Holiday time, and this gives it a true meaning for me, when we can share that way . . .  Love your comments - thank you so much!

Jan 13, 2018 08:30 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Just popping by to say hello and hope your year has started off with a bang, Allie! 

Have a great week!

Jan 15, 2018 07:01 PM
Allie Angeloni

It's starting off interesting, and I love it that way Debe Maxwell, CRS.  I do appreciate your comments, and hope that your New Year is off to an amazing start, too!  Take Care . . .   

Jan 15, 2018 09:51 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

So nice! We were fortunate enough to have been invited to our neighbors house for Christmas since there was only 3 of us this year. It was amazing!

Jan 23, 2018 06:09 PM
Allie Angeloni

I agree, that is so nice!!  When you live in an area where there is 'alot' of family around you, as well as parents, and then you move, and there is 'no one', it's just not the same Carla Freund

Jan 24, 2018 03:31 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Allie it is a heartwarming story and loved the Title, Endre

Feb 19, 2018 11:06 PM
Allie Angeloni

Thank you Endre Barath, Jr. - it was so appropriate for the situation!

Feb 20, 2018 06:36 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Allie Angeloni - I hope you keep writing on ActiveRain because I love how your write with meaning. It all comes straight from the heart and I think you're an exceptional writer.

Happy Spring!!!

Mar 10, 2018 09:23 PM
Allie Angeloni

What a lovely and kind comment Patricia Feager - thank you so much!  No one has ever really commented on my writing style, and I have to agree that it was from my heart.  I enjoy your style, too, and always learn from you . . .

Mar 18, 2018 12:00 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Allie, what a beautiful story, and so glad the shoe was on the other foot!   Hope you return to AR and write some more!  

Mar 21, 2018 06:02 AM
Allie Angeloni

I will Joan Cox, and had started a wonderful Blog for a Contest in January, had it all completed, but had difficulty with the photo.  I had inserted it twice, and then saved it, and when I would go back in, it was gone - I know others have had the same experience.  So I never submitted it to Debbie Reynold's Contest a few months ago - I should go back and see if I can resurrect it, and then just not mention the past Contest.  Thank you for your encouraging words - much appreciated!!

Mar 21, 2018 08:56 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Jun 13, 2018 08:55 AM
Allie Angeloni

Thank you for your comment Roy Kelley - it's very busy right now, and not just with real estate - new volunteer work at a hospice and an elderly neighbor who needs help but is very independent.  Soon I will do another Blog - promise!! 

Jun 14, 2018 11:37 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Your story is so inspirational. I wish we could all be more "neighborly". Many people spend the holidays alone and we could all be more aware and considerate to open our homes to those who don't have friends and family nearby.

On another note, I've missed you! We are all busy, I understand but it was great to see your comment on another post earlier. 

I have an August challenge and would love to see you contribute. Check it out under "contests".

Aug 12, 2018 08:01 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Thank you for your kind comments - I totally hear you Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty.  And, thank you for missing me.  Alot has been going on and it's very easy to get pre-occupied when it is not all real estate related!  Right now, Roger is a sickie (just started yesterday) and we have cancelled his appointments for tomorrow.  Just know symptoms but not specifically what he has - seems close to the flu, though I know it's not the season - similar symptoms (though again, not all of them) to Valley Fever, which is not uncommon here.  Don't know.  I did read your Blog on your wonderful Challenge, and do not know yet if I will participate.  I do think it's excellent! 

Aug 12, 2018 09:23 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

I'm just getting over what appeared to be a summer cold. Not fun and there is a lingering cough. Hope Roger feels better soon. Allie Angeloni 

Aug 12, 2018 10:02 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Allie Angeloni - I'm glad you heard from Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty and you responded. I've been missing you too! Sorry to hear about Roger. I hope he will be doing fine quickly. There are so many things outside our control but I know you have faith, love, and hope. 

I wish you both the best, good health, and happy days with many smiles daily. Every day is a blessing and so are you. 

Aug 13, 2018 11:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Allie Angeloni - You belong here on ActiveRain! It's a pleasure to always hear from you and read what you have written.

Wishing good health and great times for you and Roger. 

Aug 16, 2018 10:20 AM
Allie Angeloni

Thank you so much, my dear!  I learn from you, and know that you always write from your heart - you are a true caring soul Patricia Feager

Aug 16, 2018 08:15 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

What a beautiful story....the true meaning of Christmas!

Aug 17, 2018 05:32 PM
Allie Angeloni

Yes, you are so right Sharon Tara - this time I got to 'receive', even though I've been more used to 'giving'!  Thanks for your comment. 

Aug 30, 2018 05:32 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Thank you. What a great story. 

Thank you!

Aug 29, 2018 07:57 PM
Allie Angeloni

Thank you Valeria Mola - you are very kind!!

Aug 30, 2018 05:33 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Allie, good to see you on my blog. Hope all is well with you and family. Have a fun and enjoyable Labor Day Event tomorrow!!

Sep 02, 2018 06:35 PM
Allie Angeloni

Thanks so much Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®!  And I wish the same to you and your family - ENJOY! 

Sep 02, 2018 10:49 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Allie, this warmed my heart, and always nice to invite those who have no place to go for the Holidays.   My mom did that for years while growing up - we always had "strangers" join us for dinner.

Sep 18, 2018 09:34 AM
Allie Angeloni

Love it Joan Cox!  And, those 'strangers' weren't for long . . .  especially on a Holiday!  I can remember one widow lady in her 70's, who after dinner took me aside, and said, "I didn't have anywhere to go, until you invited me over . . ."  Dang!  Now that would bring tears to your eyes.     

Sep 18, 2018 03:04 PM