Christmas Date Night

Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE Christmas… I love everything about the entire Christmas season… And it’s not about getting presents… Bill and I don’t even give each other presents for Christmas. The only gifts we give at Christmas are to our grandchildren who are under the age of eighteen.

For me, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. That is what gets me excited about Christmas, and the reason that I want to go all out in decorating our home , cooking special meals, and welcome family and friends into our home to help celebrate this joyous season. I also want to show joy and love for the beliefs, and traditions, of others, no matter what they believe, or even if they have no particular belief… I just think it’s a wonderful time of year to come together with family and friends and share peace, joy, and love together…

That said, there have been some years when I didn’t feel so much in the Christmas spirit, and I thought it would be easier to just not decorate or try to embrace the season at all… I would just let others do the decorating, cooking, and making their homes joyous… But what I found was, that when I did that, I not only let myself down, I let my family down as well. My family looks to me to make Christmas a special time of year in our home. So how do you rise to the occasion during those times you may not be that into it yourself…?

I don’t think the Christmas spirit just falls upon you every year… I think because of circumstances that may have taken place throughout the year…. you might have to make a choice to make the Christmas season joyous for yourself and others…. I’m sure you have all heard the old saying “fake it until you make it…” Well, I think that applies to Christmas too. I have found that if I think I’m not in the Christmas mood, because of unpleasant life events that took place throughout the year, or old memories of Christmas past, that I don’t want to revisit…, that is when I need to push through all that much more, and move past the negative and move forward even more with welcoming the season.

I don’t ever want my children or grandchildren to see me rejecting Christmas or this beautiful season because I’m not that into it this year…. I remember one year, years ago, I was so excited about Christmas, and someone said “I’m just not going to do anything this year… what is the use…? I thought to myself I hope I never get like that. I hope I never get to the point where I can’t find a reason to decorate, cook, help and/or welcome others, and celebrate this joyous time of year… no matter what..

Our house is decorated, and last night my husband, Bill and I attended the play “A Christmas Carol”, featuring Cory McCloskey as Ebenezer Scrooge at our local Hale Centre Theatre in downtown Gilbert. What made this play extra special for Bill and I is that Corry is the familiar weather guy for FOX 10 Arizona Morning, but formerly he made his living in the theater and on television. He performed on stages in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington in roles ranging from Josephine in Sugar, to Teen Angel in Grease and young Michael Hudson on NBC/s Another World. Cory also performs with America’s premiere “Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons” tribute group, December 63. This was his first debut at Hale Centre Theatre.

Also of special note, is that Cory’s wife, Mary Jane McCloskey (Charwoman/Narrator) was grateful to return to Hale for A Christmas Carol!  What a great Christmas present to be performing with her husband and daughter… Yes, Cory and Mary Jane’s daughter, Lydia McCloskey (Topper’s Girl/Ensemble) was thrilled to be acting at Hale Theatre again and excited to perform with her mom and dad in this show for the first time.

Bill and I both agreed that the performances were EXCELLENT by all the actors. But to know that our own weather guy, Cory, and his wife and daughter were all celebrating this joyous occasion together… well isn’t that what the season is about…?

Find a reason to be grateful, happy, and CELEBRATE…!!!

All are welcome in our home!

Stay Tuned!



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle Hamson
    Dec 17, 2014 @ 20:35:57

    I just love you! I wish I lived closer.. I will call you over the holidays and see what you are up to. This was beautiful.


    • beyondcinderella
      Dec 18, 2014 @ 00:14:23

      Thank you Michelle. I would love for you and yours to come visit us anytime. Just call and give me some dates and we will make it happen and I’m sure we can get Jl and Tracie and some other family members to join us… Hope you and your family are enjoying this beautiful Christmas season. Many of Gods blessings upon you for what you do for those children… XoXo


  2. gotham girl
    Dec 18, 2014 @ 17:15:49

    Merry Christmas my sweet! Just got home and devouring your beautiful posts as I work through laundry and mail, ha! I love that you enjoy this holiday so much!! Love you!! More! xoxoxo


  3. katsbynp
    Dec 21, 2014 @ 02:16:47

    Christmas is also one of my favorite holidays. Now that I have my granddaughter and she is old enough to decorate this is something we enjoy doing together. She has her tree and is permitted to decorate and direct how the tree should look.
    She also helps me put my Nativity scene (which is actually my Mom and Dad’s)together as well. We don’t put the Baby Jesus in as we do this on Christmas.
    She is helping make new and special memories
    I agree we need to CELEBRATE the Season.

    Love you


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