Holiday Magic and My Favorite Things

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love
~ Hamilton Wright Mabie


Holiday Magic and My Favorite Things

The holidays of Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and New Year’s have officially begun, and I am so excited as it unfolds each special gift. What a wonderful time when all is focused on love and giving – the sentiment, the change in focus, the energy and the opportunity for celebration, gathering and stopping to give thanks and outwardly show our love are the things I love most about it.  Even though these qualities can and do occur year round, for some reason, there is a bit of magic that infiltrates everything this time of year.  And I love it!

old fashioned favorite things

Today I want to wish each of you a very happy holiday season!  To start it out right, here are a few of my favorite things to remind you of the magic that is all around us. These are the simple beauties that inspire and motivate me. I invite you to take a minute and share with me what inspires you too.

Love and hugs – Sandy

joshua and jay my favorite things

A Few of My Favorite Holiday Things:

  • a crackling, cozy fire in the fireplace
  • decadent hot chocolate topped with homemade whipped cream
  • listening to Carpenters Christmas album
  • drinking eggnog
  • looking at the cards at Papyrus
  • being with my two wonderful grown up kids
  • going to pick out the Christmas tree
  • making and eating squash casserole (for my recipe go to:
  • rubbing up against the Christmas trees at the tree seller and taking the pine scent home on my coat
  • cooking with my family and the mayhem in the kitchen
  • drinking hot spiced tea by the fire

My Favorite things christmas magic

  • presents under the tree
  • fresh baked pumpkin pie with real whipped cream
  • hanging a lights and decorating the front porch
  • drinking wine and baking with friends
  • creating the perfect holiday cards to send to special friends
  • watching classic holiday films – It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street
  • shopping for little stocking stuffers
  • hitting the $1 section at Target and sending “care” boxes to my loved ones
  • snow flakes falling on Christmas Eve
  • listening to and singing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “White Christmas
  • laying under my mom’s HUGE Christmas tree like a kid
  • snow sledding under the full moon

moms stockings my favorite things

  • hanging the stockings by the fireplace for my kids and granddogs
  • mom’s stockings that she hangs over her mantel and the surprises they contain
  • shopping for treasures and special ornaments
  • taking chilly walks and stomping through the colorful leaves
  • Bing Crosby, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé, MJB holiday music
  • learning about and experiencing how others celebrate their holidays
  • donating time or singing for local charities or special schools
  • hosting a festive gathering at my home for special friends and family
  • having coffee and shuffling around the house early in the morning in my cozy pajamas
  • a chance to reflect on the amazing year I experienced
  • endless scarves to choose from

holiday tree my favorite things

  • city streets and trees outlined in colorful lights
  • going out in the neighborhood and doing some old-fashioned Christmas caroling with the family
  • wrapping presents with beautiful papers and ribbons
  • pumpkin bread with a homemade latte topped with cinnamon
  • spending more time with my parents and family, loved ones and friends
  • dressing up and going out to dinner for a special holiday night
  • quiet walks and talks with family after we have eaten the holiday turkey
  • an opportunity for a fresh start
  • new chances to love and give

Wishing you a grateful heart, unconditional love and abiding peace – Happy Holidays!
sandy hibbard at #saturdaysoul



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A world created from passion – passion has it’s downfalls, but how could we live without it?

love’s the only gift worth giving – we look for what will heal and comfort us, but it is right here in front of us!

Dazed in an Ice Cocoon – sometimes we think we will die in our icy little cocoon, but we will emerge again.

You Will Receive Wisdom on Your Journey – don’t forget to grab a little wisdom along the way!

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