A Year of Smiles – Day 346: The SMILES of Christmas

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Christmas SMILE #12 (Reason to SMILE #346): THE MOVIES

My Christmas Movie Marathon begins the day after Thanksgiving and lasts through Christmas Day. I watch as many Christmas movies as possible in these four weeks to keep me in the Christmas spirit and the first movie in the line up is always Elf. I love that movie! It’s ridiculously goofy but it makes me laugh every time I watch it – every. single. time.

Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?

-Buddy, when answering his father’s office phone

Santa!!! Oh my God! Santa’s here? I know him!

-Buddy, when hearing the news of Santa’s arrival at Gimbels

You sit on a throne of lies.

-Buddy to the Gimbels’ Santa, when realizing he’s not the “real Santa”

This movie is chock full of funny little treasures that make me SMILE.

After Elf, I work my way through what I consider the best Christmas movies ever like Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Disney’s The Grinch, The Santa Clause trilogy, the classic “claymation” Christmas specials like Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer and Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town and other children’s classics like Frosty the Snowman. But of course, my Christmas movie marathon could never be complete without watching Ralphie’s crazy family Christmas antics in A Christmas Story – because Christmas just isn’t Christmas without hearing “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” at least once. 😉

“What about the Hallmark movies?” you ask. Are you kidding me! I cry enough while watching the silly Christmas movies (You know they always get you with those happy endings of love and hope!). There’s no way I could handle those sappy Christmas love stories.

So, what about you? What Christmas movie makes you SMILE (or cry -it really is okay to admit it 😉 ) ?

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A Year of Smiles – Day 339: The SMILES of Christmas

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Christmas SMILE #5 (Reason to SMILE #339): THE MUSIC

During this Christmas season, please be safe. Stay alert as you are driving and be especially cautious of a white PT Cruiser in the southwestern Georgia region. The driver has been known to play Christmas music at an extremely dangerous volume and is often found singing at the top of her lungs as she is driving. She will most likely not be aware of you or her surroundings. Share the road with this driver at your own risk.

This has been a public service announcement of The United Christmas Music Lovers of the World.

SMILE and go turn up that Christmas music!

But seriously. Watch out for those Christmas music lovers barreling through traffic. We don’t mean to be reckless; we’re just caught up in our Christmas jam!

 

A Year of Smiles – Day 338: The SMILES of Christmas

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Christmas SMILE #4 (Reason to SMILE #338): THE CLOTHES

Of all the holidays, Christmas has to be the one with the largest clothing line. (I’m pretty sure the sale of this yuletide apparel is how Santa funds his “little” toy-making endeavor! 😉 ) And if you’re in the market for festive fashion, there are plenty of options to choose from:

Rudolph T-Shirts,

Santa Hats,

Candy Cane striped leggings,

Elf Pajamas.

Men’s Wrapping Paper Suits (at least that’s what they look like to me!),

“Jesus is the Reason for the Season” Neckties,

Jingle Bell Scarves,

Blinking Christmas Light Necklaces and

Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

If you think about it, we probably all know at least one person who seems to own every piece of Christmas-themed clothing or accessory known to mankind! From the moment the holiday season begins, there isn’t a day when these folks aren’t clad in something that screams, “I’m a Christmas lover!” But somebody’s gotta pay for all of those toys being delivered to millions of kids all over the world, right? 😉

Sadly, I’m not a big contributor to Santa’s toy-making fund. I own very few items of Christmas clothing. I’m too practical to spend money on clothing I can’t wear all year ’round! But I have to admit that I do own many pairs of Christmas socks. I love them. They’re cute. They keep my tootsies warm and they make me SMILE.

And this year, instead of an Ornament Swap, I convinced the ladies at church to do a Christmas Socks Swap. (Betcha didn’t know I had such persuasive powers, did ya! Hehe!) Everyone is asked to bring a pair of Christmas socks stuffed with goodies to exchange. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? As far as I’m concerned, though, they can skip the goodies. A festive pair of Christmas socks is all I need to find a SMILE!

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A Year of Smiles – Day 333

Reason to SMILE #333: NUGGETS OF TRUTH a/k/a I KNEW IT! MOMENTS a/k/a GOD MIGHT GET ME FOR THIS ONE

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“Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as CURSING.”

Proverbs 27:14 ESV (emphasis added)

See there. Even God thinks all you overly animated morning people need to bring it down a notch! At least give the rest of us grumps time to have our seemingly excessive but completely necessary eight cups of coffee.

Hehehe! I couldn’t resist this one today.

SMILE! But please do it quietly. I’m only on cup number three. 😉

A Year of Smiles – Day 331

Reason to SMILE #331: DRESSING UP

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I’m pretty sure I’ve thoroughly established that I am not a morning person. Give me til 10 or 11 o’clock. By that time, I should be a fully functioning human being.

Should be. (That may depend on the available supply of coffee.)

The problem is I don’t have the luxury of waiting til mid-morning to start my day. I have a 9 to 5 job so I simply must face those early morning hours. Facing them with a SMILE can be a challenge.

But there are all kinds of ways to begin the day with a SMILE even if the day begins too early. You can start by remembering that waking up is a blessing. (That was yesterday’s SMILE!) If you’re still dragging after counting your blessings, though, I have another idea for you. Get yourself dressed up! Yep. Find you’re cutest outfit. Style your hair differently. Wear your favorite shoes. Whatever clothes, makeup, accessories you have that always make you feel good about the reflection in the mirror, wear them.

I know what you’re thinking. It does seem a little shallow, doesn’t it? Nah. When I think I’m looking particularly good, it helps me to feel good, too. I’m sure there’s some psychological explanation for this but I don’t know it so you’ll just have to trust me. Better yet, go try it. The next time you’re feeling discouraged or you’re dreading the day ahead, make yourself look your best. It’ll help. I promise.

And remember: no matter your outfit style, color scheme or choice of shoes, your best and most beautiful accessory is always your SMILE! (Yep. Betcha knew that was coming! 😉)

And, by the way, guys, this goes for you, too!

A Year of Smiles – Day 308

Reason to SMILE #308: PRACTICAL JOKES

It was late in the evening. My husband and I had settled in our bed to wind down for the day and watch a little TV. All was well in our world until we both received this picture from our older son.

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It took me a second but I finally saw the blue lights flashing through the rear window of his car. “I am not paying for that ticket!” I thought to myself.

I immediately texted him.

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After what seemed to be a ridiculously long span of time, enough time for me to imagine the whole “License and Registration” conversation between the cop and my kid,  I finally received a response:

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Yeah. Not funny at all.

But my kid sure was SMILING!  🙂

 

A Year of Smiles – Day 297

Reason to SMILE #297: THE RIGHT SONG AT THE RIGHT TIME

I knew my afternoon was going to be busy. I had a long “to do” list and a short amount of time in which to finish it. You see, the church’s fall festival is days away and although there are only small tasks to complete before the big day, those small details can really add up.

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I needed a burst of energy to get me hyped and ready to conquer the busy afternoon. Caffeine wasn’t going to be enough. Food would have been a huge help but who had time to eat! I hopped into my car to go pick up the items still needed for decorations and games. I turned on the radio in the hopes of finding some energizing tunes and as I was arriving at my first stop, there it was – the perfect song.

Celebration by Kool & the Gang blasted through the radio and a SMILE grew on my face. “There’s a party going on right here – a celebration to last throughout the years!”

Yessss! I had a celebration to finish planning and this 80’s flashback was exactly what I needed to get me going. I finished all my errands and even had time for lunch – although it was an extremely late lunch.

So, if you’re anywhere near Albany, Georgia, this Sunday, you’ve got to join us for Game Day: A Fall Family Event ’cause “we gon’ celebrate and have a good time. Yahoo!” 😉

A Year of Smiles – Day 292

Reason to SMILE #292: MUSICALS

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I can hear the doubt filtering through cyber space now. “Really? Musicals?”

Ab. so. lute. ly.

I love a good musical. Musicals draw me in, engage my senses and emotions and create a longing within me to jump up and sing at the top of my lungs. I really should’ve pursued a Broadway career. (Hahaha! I’m laughing at myself right now! 😉 )

My husband and sons don’t share my affection for musicals, however. (Imagine that!) I once took them all to see the movie Frozen. They agreed only because the trailers for the movie showed scenes of a goofy little snowman and a big oaf of a reindeer frolicking in the snow. As soon as the first song began, though, all three of my boys, husband included, turned to me and asked, “Why didn’t you tell me this was a musical?” Well …

Not all musicals are created equal and I’m sure a true aficionado of musicals would have a vastly different definition of a “good” musical than I do. I’m a simple little lady who’s a sucker for happy endings, innocent stories and fantastical whimsy. I’m talking The Sound of Music, GreaseInto the Woods, The Wizard of Oz and Sister Act. Ooooh, or Sister Act 2. Now, that’s a musical that makes me regret my decision to not pursue a career in music. When that kid hits that high note near the end of “Oh Happy Day”, it makes me wanna shout. I could do that! (Hahahaha! I’m laughing at me, again!)

Well, that’s my case for musicals. Though some of you out there agree with the men in my life that musicals rank right up there with having a root canal, I think they’re wonderful. They make me SMILE.

Now, do me a favor. Listen to this:

Oh Happy Day, Sister Act 2

Minute 2:51 – YESSSS!! Ah, c’mon! There’s no way that didn’t make you SMILE!

 

 

 

A Year of Smiles – Day 163

Reason to SMILE #163: THE 5 SECOND RULE


I was cooking.

Yes, I was cooking.

This has been a year for cooking for me.  I’ve cooked more this year than I’ve ever cooked in my life! It’s strange since the cooking in my house is usually done by someone other than me. But I’ll let you in on a secret.

Are you ready?

Come close because I can’t speak this too loudly…

I really do enjoy cooking!

It’s relaxing and it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Who knew!

I digress.

Tonight, I was bagging a few unneeded cobs of corn to put in the freezer. One slipped from my hand and fell to the kitchen floor. I immediately picked it up and just did catch myself trying to put it in the bag with all the rest. Ewww! I couldn’t help but laugh at myself, though, for the only thing going through my mind at the time was the voice of one of my church kids screaming, “Five second rule!”

It’s times like these when I know I’ve been in children’s ministry entirely too long! But what can I do? It’s my calling and it makes me SMILE – but not when it almost ruins my supper!!

A Year of Smiles – Day 150

heart-home-imageReason to SMILE #150: HOME

 

Home is where the heart is.

It’s the place where I belong,

The place where rest comes easy,

Where I never feel alone.

 

Home is where guards are dropped –

True colors can be shown –

Where PJs can be worn about

And hair need not be combed.

 

Peace and love fill its walls;

It’s often filled with laughter.

Of course, no home is perfect –

It’s worth we must look after.

 

Times may get tough and bleak.

Trials may come and tempers flare

But a multitude of sins

Can a loving home repair.

 

I find it hard to wander

From this place that I call home

For it’s where my SMILES begin

And where my Loves are grown!

 

 

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