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On the 9th Day of Christmas...

I feel like I am chasing my own tail. Running around and around in circles and accomplishing very little except an occasional bite of fur in my mouth. And when I feel that bite - I stopped stunned, like where did that come from? Anyone else feel that way?

That's not how Hallmark delivers the holidays. Hallmark lets us believe that every holiday, all families are excited to see each other, and cookies are constantly in the oven, but never burned. Every young romance blossoms and though a disagreement always ensues, love conquers all. Oh, yes. I too can be sucked in quickly with those lovely Hallmark movies. (One was filmed in Covington a couple of years ago. My hometown has lots of good movies filmed here!)

We have about a week left before the magic of Christmas is over. Presents will be given, diets will be discussed, decorations will come down and be stored until next year. Some people count down the days until Christmas ends, and some listen to Christmas music year round. No matter which type of person you are, I want to encourage you: Stop. Take a deep breath in. Release slowly. Look around you, I mean really take in the sites and sounds. The twinkling of the lights, the dishes of goodies prepared by friends. Take the next week or so and intentionally enjoy at least one thing a day. My research says that The Ninth Day of Christmas

Nine Ladies Dancing - This symbol represents the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Oh, how the 9th day symbolizes so much of the fruits! During Christmas, do we not have to exercise these fruits? Love (for the crowds). Joy (when we want to be bah-humbugs). Kindness (in adopting families for the holidays). Goodness (in sharing to those less fortunate). Self-control (not buying self something every shopping visit!) On the 9th day of Christmas, Curvy Market wants to give away a $15 gift card. To enter, simply comment on this blog which fruit of the spirit that you think is your strongest, and give us an example of why. I know it's difficult to talk about ourselves in a fashion of goodness, so I know this will be hard, but we want to hear how you practice love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control! A winner will be drawn on Saturday!

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