Good Things Come In Small Packages, Including Wee Little Dogs & Christmas too!

From front to back, left to right: Tanner, 2 1/2; Sampson, 13; Next to blue cabinet, Pugsley, 5; Next are Boo and Bella, the new black babies. Boo is on the left and Bella is on the right. They are 4 and 5 years old. And finally my wee tiny girl Penny is bringing up the rear. Shes is 9 1/2 years old.

GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY!!!

You can’t wake up sad in the morning when you have a bevy of
babies joyfully dancing about happy that it’s a new day, it’s time
to eat, and they are with Mama, and that’s all they care about.
Ah, if the rest of life could be so simple…

Well, what a joyful Christmas this will be. All the kids and their families are coming in for Christmas. I love the family time, and yes, the food. But this year two things are happening and they are both so wonderful that I wanted to share. Obviously our new little pugs Boo and Bella who both came because they were bonded and couldn’t be separated, have added immense joy to our wonderful puggery household. Something that people don’t understand about pugs, and I didn’t either until I had them, is that they are not just absolutely adorable little dogs, they are funny. Yes, funny. They have the cutest and sometimes hysterical personalities and I promise you, and I know from years of dealing with clinical depression, that you just can’t be depressed with a house full of pugs. They have made me happier than I have ever been. Oh I love them so very much. I just can’t even express it.

And then I was thinking about Christmas. I, for one, have had trouble balancing money in my life. It is one symptom of Bi-Polar disorder that has been a lifetime issue with me. I try to overcompensate by buying too many presents because I want SO much to give my children a wonderful Christmas but the thing is, they worry about me spending too much money rather than getting so many gifts. And it makes them uneasy. So THIS year I am actually sending back some of the gifts I got before Christmas and will have just the right amount for everybody. I had this funny thought. Mary didn’t give birth to baby Jesus and then say, “Hey, I’ve had the baby, where are my presents?” It has always bothered me that this holy time of year, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, the Solstice, Kwanzaa or whatever other holiday you celebrate has become far too commercial (Most of all Christmas) and I find my self deeply depressed when I see Christmas cards at the end of the summer. Way back in the day when I was little Christmas started the day AFTER Thanksgiving, You never saw Christmas trees or decorations before then, that’s when shopping began. And as I grew up in the St. Louis area, long before there were malls, the big deal was walking around downtown and looking in all the magical department store windows where they would have enchanting moving things that would just make you ooh and ahh. Christmas, confined to a shorter period of time, makes the whole thing a grand celebration. And next year I am going to do something very different that they kids will like and will be more meaningful, but I can’t say here because my kids sometimes read my blog!

The most beautiful thing, the most meaning thing, about Christmas was that little baby in the manger, the simplicity of Mary giving birth in the stable, and the offerings of the wise men of  Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. It was a very humble beginning and not meant to be celebrated amongst towering gifts of presents.

There are so many things that I am learning in life. When I was little, I’ll admit, the thing about Christmas was presents. At 57 I can tell you that being with my family, eating good food, and enjoying each other’s company is what matters most to me. And the wee little pugs will wake me up Christmas morning with many many kisses and out we will go, and in for meds, and breakfast, and the 4 parrots will be fed and then the turkey will go in the oven and the cooking and preparing and joy will begin.

It is Christmas. This year I am learning about the small things. This year I am learning what Christmas really means. This year I am learning how I want to live my life year round. It is a glorious time, and I hope all of you, dear readers, find peace this holiday season, and are surrounded with love…

Blessings and Love To Each and Every One…

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”

~ Mother Teresa ~


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