Christmas Is More Than Just Your Imagination

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Author: Patricia Feager, 12/16/19

 

 

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward

in this faith is to see what you believe."

 --- St. Augustine

 

 

Whether it was right or wrong to believe in Santa Claus makes no difference. What matters to me are the rewards you reap when you believe in being good. Doing the right thing always has a positive effect - at least that is true for me. This past weekend I went on a retreat. The theme was reflective life... wondering, pondering, and of course, reflection. 

 

No. We did not talk about Santa Claus. And I'm not going to give you a report. However, as I continue to reflect on life during this season of the year,  I shall continue to use my imagination and reflect. It is hard for me to imagine growing up without faith, having something to believe in, or customary family traditions that encouraged me to be good and stay connected. 

 

Things change. I get that; however, it is hard for me to stop sending traditional Christmas cards and writing letters to family and friends. As the years go by, I get less and less cards. To date, I received five. Therefore, I'm glad I saved the most important ones written by loved ones that are no longer here on earth. It may sound silly to you, but just reading their Christmas cards along with seeing their handwriting and a special Christmas message still feels as good today as it did years ago. Out of sight, really isn't out of mind. 

 

For me Christmas wasn't just about our faith and family traditions, we focused on priorities. Each member of the family had a job to do - identify your own critical goals and address issues that needed to be corrected. What I learned and passed down to my children was focusing on conduct, honesty, obedience, loyalty, and developmental skills. Although the Christmas traditions I once enjoyed are mostly all gone, I still believe goodness matters. 

 

In preparation for the holiday, I continue to stretch outside my comfort zones to do good for others. Years ago, challenges included figuring out why lights on the trees didn't work, and how to unravel things without breaking something. On the night before Christmas, we reflected on, what's next? Not only did we learn to adapt and plan, we transferred what we learned down to the next generation. 

 

Clearly, none of us are perfect. Some of us have more imagination than others while others struggle. Carl Sagan was right: "Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere." Without a doubt, I believe Christmas is more than just the imagination. After all, it isn't my birthday!

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Patricia, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 17, 2019 11:39 AM #24
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Patricia, The commercial part of Christmas is fun and brings out a lot of joy in people. However, it also brings out stress. We need to learn to take a step back, think about how we want Christmas to be, and focus on that. I can give my family gifts and things any time of the year. It is the time with family and friends that I like to focus on. Today I had lunch with a friend. I gave her a gift but, the time with her was most important. I'm scheduling time to spend with family and friends throughout the season and time to meditate on my faith and why I celebrate Christmas. I do send out Christmas cards and I hope my joy is contagious and it makes people smile to know I took the time to include them in this very special occasion. If you send me a card for the holiday you celebrate whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. it will be received with a smile. I encourage you and others to celebrate the season and don't be stressed over the commercialism of it all. Merry Christmas!

Dec 17, 2019 11:58 AM #25
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I sure can identify with all you said Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . I also love the quote. I want to add (from experience) I did not originally go to church because I had faith BUT after years of attending I built an unshakable faith.

Dec 17, 2019 12:08 PM #26
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Carla Freund - That commercial part of Christmas is long gone for me and my son and daughter.  Because of where they live and personal reasons we rarely get to see each other on Christmas. The best part is we love each other and celebrate anytime we can be united and we send thoughtful gifts not just because of an occasion or a holiday. We love to spread joy whenever, wherever, and however possible. Oh, don't get me wrong, if we could celebrate on Christmas, in the traditional sense, we would. 

Stress is an inside job and most of it is instigated by us. Nothing is more important to me and my family than family. You certainly the right idea and I really like your thoughtful comment too. Merry Christmas to you too!!!

Dec 17, 2019 12:19 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
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Bob "RealMan" Timm - I have no doubt you are a man of faith. I think there comes a point in every person's life when they decide to choose faith or the church and they make a conscious decision to follow through with or without it. 

Dec 17, 2019 12:21 PM #28
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - Thanks for the FEATURE! I thought that was a very appropriate and unusual quote that was so true. As far as I'm concerned imagination involves all our senses. Then when someone like Walt Disney or Steve Jobs comes along and uses their imagination to change the world with creativity, engagement, and inspiration, well that's genius! In reference to Christmas, I definitely believe it is so much more than imagination and goes to a deeper level. 

Dec 17, 2019 01:08 PM #29
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Oh I don't think you silly at all regarding those past Christmas cards. It brings me great joy (and sadness from missing them) to look back at them. I have saved many.

You have me beat on the current card count, by the way. We have only received three so far. I can't really complain since I only sent out 7 this year...to my children, siblings and parents only.

Dec 17, 2019 01:19 PM #30
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
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Hi Sharon Tara-I must have sent out at last 2 1/2 dozen cards. I'm glad to know that there are others like us who still mail and Christmas cards with letters. I wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas. 

Dec 17, 2019 03:54 PM #31
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP My parents were so poor that they couldn't afford presents for me & sisters for Christmas, but we had the tradition of going to Church for Xmas eve mass and then we came home and all neighbors came together and share food and celebrate until morning. 

so this time of the year I always reflect on how blessed I'm to have the ones I love close to me and every time I see the wrapped presents under my tree I get so, so sentimental...

I couldn't send Xmas cards out this year because I've been taking care of my sister that just had a surgery, but looking forward to send an email to everyone wishing them Merry Christmas.

Take care Patricia , hope your ankle gets better pretty soon. Hugs

Dec 17, 2019 06:17 PM #32
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Santa Claus is just a tool to project or channel our ideals, loves, caring, and sharing with others in this way. Throw in some catchy music, candy canes, hot cocoa and other people and you get warm, fuzzy, cozy returns. Do the richie reverse rule here. How about we don't do any of this how does that profit us? 

Dec 17, 2019 07:46 PM #33
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I have saved letters and cards from the past and do look at them from time to time. At the moment, they are all stuck in boxes in a storage unit, but soon I will have them back with me.

Christmas cards and letters seem to have fallen by the wayside. Most younger people don't send them - I think with the advent of emails and ecards people don't see the need. But it is nice getting something in the mail that someone took the time to send!

I hope your foot is on the mend!

Dec 18, 2019 05:37 AM #34
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Speaking of Santa Claus, do you like the outfit that Sharon Tara put together for me?

Dec 18, 2019 05:40 AM #35
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Ptricia:

Thank you for such a touching, and thoughtful, post for the holiday, but really appropriate for anytime. Clearly this had touched a chord with many, and will encourage reflection by all!

Jeff

Dec 18, 2019 08:16 AM #36
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Beautiful, beautiful post, Patricia. Keeping the faith and believing in goodness - and even magic - is something worth remembering, this season and throughout the year.  I sent out over 100 cards this year. The personal ones were handwritten too. All of the envelopes for our business related cards were also handwritten - people are worth time and effort. 

Dec 18, 2019 09:35 AM #37
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I absolutely love your comment. You have a good way with words to make the other person feel good. Thank you! 

I saw that I did strike a chord with many members on ActiveRan and I appreciate hearing what everyone has to say. There are so many good and interesting stories. I think it's a good topic because it resurfaces something good and worth repeating. Savoring Christmas stories is timeless and nourishment for the heart, mind, and soul. It's a boost to positivity and happiness, which we all need more of these days. If everyone could find value in joy 365 days out of the year, wouldn't that be a Wonderful Life! Every little bitty good story from the source of authentic reflection from good people helps.

Dec 18, 2019 02:24 PM #38
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - You have been a tremendous support to me and others here on ActiveRain. I have no doubt your heart is pure and good and that you do keep the faith. It really helps to have people like you on ActiveRain, so caring and kind. That was quite an undertaking to write over 100 Christmas cards and letters. I surely believe everyone will appreciate your thoughtfulness. It's good to advance technology skills; your videos are superb! But I also think it's important to do both. Everyone isn't tech savvy and a handwritten letter is becoming rarer, and rarer with every year that passes. Whenever I go to the mailbox and get something other than junk mail, my heart leaps with joy! It REALLY is the thought that counts! Your effort pays off to those you stay in touch with at this holy time of the year. I pray your mom will have fond memories and smiles this Christmas. May there be peace, soft candlelight, good food, quite moments, and time for sharing good stories with the family. 

Dec 18, 2019 02:34 PM #39
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I am sure you enjoyed your retreat and it obviously helped spark the idea for this post which is really enjoyable. I often think loved ones are all around us, keeping an eye on us and making sure we are OK. Just because they are not visible doesn't mean they never existed or exist still, just not in physical form. Happy Holidays and enjoy them.

Dec 20, 2019 01:29 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Happy Holidays to you too Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - I hope your days are merry and bright and that the New Year wil bring you many blessings and joy. Also, I wish you good health always. 

Dec 20, 2019 05:16 PM #41
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Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
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Thanks for post and enjoy the Holidays.  Christmas for many is a special time; one of the few times many families can actually get time together with our busy lifestyles.   Sadly many have turned it into a marketing game where everybody puts all the focus on what to buy and how much to spend.  It really should be a time to spend with each other not on gifts for each other - we do not need more gifts in this world and our lives, we need more time together.  

Dec 22, 2019 04:18 AM #42
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Robin Wells - Your points are well taken. I never let the marketing game defeat the purpose of my celebrating Christmas or sharing the Christmas love with my family. I agree with everything you had to say! 

Merry Christmas Robin!!!

Dec 22, 2019 11:52 AM #43
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