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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Fri Dec 26, 2008, 9:10 PM
  • Listening to: silence
  • Reading: a long procession of notes & messages
  • Watching: christmas lights twinkle
  • Playing: with some ideas
  • Eating: pistachios
  • Drinking: pepsi
My goodness it's been a long while since I've had time to visit DA and catch up with all your notes, messages and wonderful artwork. I've missed everyone! :)

I've been ridiculously overwhelmed by work, and add to that the getting ready for Christmas panic...suffice it to say that I've barely had time to breathe the last two months.

I hope everyone had a happy and joy-filled Christmas.

It was a peaceful and heartwarming one here. I got a very special gift that still has me emotional. My siblings and I don't exchange gifts any longer, since we all grew up and had families. So my sister had me a bit taken aback when she sat down beside me and handed me a gift yesterday. I looked at her, very puzzled and she said..."you'll understand when you open it".  I unwrapped the package to find a box with a small can in it. Through the clear top, I could see water inside covering a oyster. The etched card that came with it said that in the oyster, was a Love Pearl. I looked at her and started to cry. There is a reason that this is significant.

My father, who is no longer with us...was the heart of Christmas in our family. He loved to shop and always found each of us the most unique and imaginative gifts. He delighted in delighting his children.
When I was 16, I was unwrapping the gifts from my stocking, and the last one I opened was a can, filled with water and an oyster. After Christmas, he and I opened the oyster, took out the pearl. It was then set in a pearl cage and I wore it as a necklace for many years. A couple of years ago while wearing it...I looked down, and realized that the pearl was missing. It had slipped out unnoticed and I was devastated. That loss, has been a source of sorrow for me ever since.

It seems that my sister is now the heart of Christmas in my family :)

Well....now that I have a few peaceful days to myself between now and New Year, I can finally get caught up on notes, take a good long browse and add to my list of favs. Who knows...maybe I can even get a new manip done myself.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays all, and may the New Year bring each of you peace, prosperity and happiness! :)

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Endymiasyzygy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww...your journal almost made me weep! that's a true Christmas spirit...family being together and close again:heart: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!=D
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:) It really was the perfect storybook Christmas.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! :hug:
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silber-englein Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008   Photographer
What a beautiful gift. I'm glad to hear you had such a heartwarming christmas :hug:
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :hug:
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WillRipamonti Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
What a story, your sister been so sweet to do that...it's your own Christmas Story :)
I'm so happy you've got that moments :hug:
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Will!! It was very touching, and a remarkable surprise. I'm very fortunate to have such special people in my life! :hug:
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sandpiperw Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How super special that gift is, and your sister for giving it to you. Having family and being part of one that is close is the best gift any one can have. :hug: :heart:
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true Sandy! :hug: I'm so blessed. :)
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Br0wnnie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww. You've got a great sister.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:) I'm very lucky!
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Br0wnnie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Be sure to tell her that. :D
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I have. :D
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silver- Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
aww that is cute :)
Once agian happy holidays!
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:) You too! :hug:
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bindiimoments Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
That's so sweet and beautiful! :heart:

I see a huge parallel with my sister in law, which is also like a big sister to me. She takes care of the whole family (siblings) and has a heart of gold.

Both of our parents have passed away. But the spirit of my mother in law which i loved very much, lives on through her. :)

I wish you a very Happy New Year Linda! :) :hug:
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:) It's such a blessing to have people like that in your life. A very happy healthy and prosperous New Year to you too!! :hug:
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archseer Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
that's such a sweet, thoughtful and touching story, and of your sister too :) nothing like family eh :)

hope you have a great New Year :)
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:) I still get teary eyed when I think about it. I hope you have an awesome New Year too!
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archseer Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
thank you, will definitely do :)
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Crossfire-Inferno Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
Wow.. your sister is ever so kind.. i cant believe she did such a nice thing.. its just so ,, im speechless o.o
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:) I was too...all I could do was cry for a little while. I still get teary eyed when I think about it.
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Crossfire-Inferno Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
xD well i hope its all well :4
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