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Hi Dear Friends,

Happy holy holidays to all of you! The angels share a message of love and acknowledgment as their gift to us and I'll share a few thoughts about sharing the light, as we take time to celebrate a light that is reborn in every act of kindness, and a spark that can never be extinguished.

Love you all!
♥ Ann

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My dear friends, we love you so very much,

While so much has been unpredictable, scary, and unfamiliar this year, our wish is that you find peaceful solace in the celebrations of your season of light.
Whether you are alone or with family and friends, the light in the manger and the lamp that burned brightly are the same light that lives and breathes, and burns brightly within you.

You are, in effect celebrating not only miracles that occurred in years past, but more importantly, the miracle of every single expression of love that you bring to the surface in your hearts and your homes, in your here and your now.

For wherever Love is birthed, you find Christmas. Wherever the Love remains shining in the dark, you find Hanukkah. Whenever you listen to your hearts, you follow the star - the guiding light within that has helped you navigate these unprecedented and uncertain times.

So many of you have been this light, throughout the years. You have been the beacons of hope and inspiration, peace, kindness, and truth in a world where many have been possessed by fear, or mired in divisiveness. You have been the mangers and the menorahs. You have been the light of the living Christ, the Presence and embodiment of Divine Love in a world very much in need of hope.

With every simple act of kindness to self or others you have brought the season to life. You have birthed this love as you honored your own hearts and accepted your own feelings – whether that meant staying at home and having your groceries delivered, or going out and about and proceeding with life as you adapted to a new normal. You have birthed this love as you sewed masks, delivered groceries, helped a neighbor, shared a smile through your eyes, worked in your regular jobs, learned new skills, connected on your computers, baked, enjoyed time in nature, or simply allowed hope for a better world to rise up within you.

In a million ways, great and small, you have brought the holiday season to life in your hearts and homes all year long. As you gather, where and how you can; as you celebrate – whether in silence or in solidarity with those you love; as you listen to your holiday music, sing your holiday songs, enjoy your traditional foods, or simply allow yourself to have a few days of quiet peace, know that it is You that you celebrate – your light, your love, and the miracle of your Presence here upon the earth.

Merry Christmas dear ones. Happy Hanukkah., Happy Kwanzaa, and above all Happy holy season of light. We honor you as the pioneers in a wondrous new world that is still in the process and pangs of birth. We honor you as the lights in the darkness. We celebrate your willingness to work through your fears, your frustrations, your upsets, your disagreements, and your challenges, and to bring to life again and again, the miracle of light that burns within you.

You are the brightest bulbs on God's tree. You are lights in the dark. You are the sparks that will eventually kindle a very beautiful and bright flame of love within the human race. Enjoy your holidays. Slow down. Savor the moments. Gather your energy. You are needed dear ones. We celebrate you and the birth of your light in every moment of your lives.

God Bless You! We love you so very much.
-- The Angels

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Hi Everyone,

Merry Season of light dear friends! What a journey it has been this year. In spite of it all, the holidays go on and give us time to pause, and – whether in real life or virtually – to gather and to celebrate the things we have come to cherish more dearly this year – our health, our happiness, our simple pleasures, and above all the very breath and life that live within each one of us.

No matter whether or not the holidays look anything like they have in years past, the spirit of the season remains the same. As I've been out and about Christmas shopping and preparing late at night after work, I've seen people smiling with their eyes, being kind, courteous, and generous spirited with one another. We seem happier and more appreciative to just be human and to be in line together, even six feet apart and sporting masks. We are all counting our blessings.

I'm enjoying the holidays in many creative ways, even though they're different for me this year. When the postal delivery picks up my packages I've left little presents for pickup too. Just today my dear mail carrier left me the kindest thank you card in my mailbox. I baked gluten free cookies for my postal store people and they shared their source of gluten free flour with me. I shipped some yummy food to friends out of work and enjoyed knowing they'd have a good holiday meal.

I caught the FedEx guy tossing a package on my driveway and gave him a box of chocolates. The look on his face was so appreciative and happy, it nearly brought me to tears. In many ways, I feel more creative about my giving, and even more appreciative of all the amazing souls who quietly and selflessly support our lives throughout the year.

So while the world still has more than its share of challenges, we can still enjoy and celebrate the light in our own hearts and our own homes. We can be the small still lights shining bright in the most simple and organic ways. There is nothing that feels safer, healthier, happier, or more authentic than finding and feeling the love within and sharing it as your inner compass dictates. This, to me, is the true spirit of the season that can live and thrive within us all year long.

Here are a few ideas to cultivate that light within and feel the Presence and spirit of the seasons:

1. Thank & bless people who quietly support your life

Leave a note of thanks, a card, or a simple gift for delivery people, postal clerks, city service workers, and others who quietly go about their business every day keeping us going. Thank the grocery store people, the folks who take out the trash, the waiters and waitresses and cooks at your local restaurants. Thank your hairdresser, and all the people who had to give up their work temporarily and live on faith and kindness. Pray for those you might never meet, but who quietly assist us all. Post kind acknowledgments on social media. Shine a little holiday light on those who have been quiet lights for you all year long.

2. Give from your heart

The most meaningful gifts are the ones that come from the heart. My family loves the lemons I grow, pick, and ship more than anything I could buy them. I have a friend who bakes cookies for all her doctors and helpers and they just adore her. A dear one (you know who you are!) has sent me beautiful photos of light. I love making cookies, creating gift baskets, and making decorations out of found treasures. One year I made little glittery snowmen for friends with a reminder to be mindful and treasure the present. They loved them. Another year I gave a "meal a month" to friends and then delivered their dinners made with love. When you get creative about your giving, you actually receive the love you are sharing as it flows through you first.

3. Take time with the Divine

Set some time aside to connect with the Divine. Talk to God and your angels and dear ones in spirit. Share your heart, your prayers, your hopes, your fears, your dreams, and all you want with them. Thank them for their assistance all year long. Then sit, breathe, and allow yourself to receive their love.

I am writing this late at night because I decided to watch a happy holiday movie tonight, and while I was on the couch, covered in my favorite blanket, sipping cocoa with a heaping dose of whipped cream on top, I felt the angels all around me, warming my heart and celebrating the fact that at long last I was resting after a very intense year. This love is around all of us, just waiting for the moment when you rest and sit still and allow yourself to receive it.

I wish you all the most blessed and beautiful holiday no matter what you are or aren't doing. After all, the angels remind us constantly that what we do is so much less important than the love and light with which we do it. I wish you peace, joy, and the light of the season burning brightly within.

Merry, Merry, Peace, and Joy, and so much love to you all!

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My favorite peanut butter cookies
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These are the easiest cookies to make and everyone loves them. Gluten free too, and kid-friendly!

1 18-oz jar peanut butter
1 1/4 c sugar
2 large eggs
48 Hershey kisses (wrappers taken off!)*
* A 9oz package contains plenty.

Heat oven to 350°. Stir all ingredients except Hershey kisses well. Dough will be sticky.

With sugared hands, roll dough into balls. Roll balls in additional sugar then place 1 1/2” apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 12 - 14 minutes until cookies look dry with tops cracked. While the cookies bake, unwrap Hershey kisses so they're ready to go.

The minute the cookies come out of the oven, place a kiss in the center of each one. Let them cool a minute more on the tray. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. If you need to get the chocolate to harden up more quickly, after about ten minutes cooling on the rack, you can transfer them to containers and put in the fridge or freezer to harden up the chocolate. This is useful if you are wrapping them to gift, or if you are bring them somewhere else. They get soft once again if gently reheated or left on the counter top a bit. Yum!

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