The word “Celebrate” means to “commemorate, observe, mark, keep, honor, remember and memorialize”. A perfect word to end the year with. On the brink of a new year, perhaps there is no better time than to celebrate the joys that we have experienced during the year which is soon to end and celebrate the possibilities in the New Year ahead. A New Year. Onward.
May this New Years Eve bring you gratitude and joy in the celebration of the past and the excitement for the future.
Cheers to another New Years Eve…and another brand New Year ahead!
“A diamond shines no brighter
than that lovely Christmas star.
It shines in all its brilliance;
it’s seen from near or far…”
May you linger in the appreciation of the gifts of what surrounds you that are not wrapped.
May you dwell in the joy of the gifts of life and the appreciation of those that are in your life.
Hold to the realization that every day is a gift. When you revere the day and each and every day with appreciation, perhaps you will shine like a brilliant star…
A “Bounty” is defined as something given liberally. Life and its bountiful offerings that surround us are certainly something to be thankful for. With gratitude, reflecting with appreciation that every day is a gift, we all certainly have something to be thankful for on this day of Thanksgiving. With thankful hearts and a giving spirit…
“Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving”
Wishing you and yours a memorable Thanksgiving filled with appreciation and gratitude for the bounty that life offers to each of us and for those we share it with. Every day is a gift. A day of gratitude and acknowledgment of the bounty of life, indeed…
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food
For love and for friends
For everything thy goodness sends. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Vivid colors of vibrant celebrations. “Cinco De Mayo”. Beyond the visual associations of the vivid colors of Mexican fiestas paired with lime green margaritas or bold Sangria infused with fruit, the holiday itself is a ‘fiesta’ celebrated beyond Mexico’s borders.
The Mexican holiday, “Cinco De Mayo” (Spanish for “Fifth Of May”) in the United States and regionally in Mexico as the State of Puebla, called El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla on May 5th of 1862) is a celebration commemorating the anniversary of Mexican triumph over French forces. The holiday itself is said to have originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West, Southwest and Northwest in the 1860’s. The celebration grew in popularity and would eventually evolve into a celebration of Mexican heritage and national pride that expanded across the United States. This highly colorful, commemorative day holds celebrations that highlight Mexican culture, cuisine, music and regional dancing paired with festive embellishments and decorations. A colorful explosion, for certain.
While the sounds of the Mariachi bands donning traditional colorful sombreros swirl in our minds and the visions of colorful pinatas and other authentic touches of bold, brilliant and bright colors that set a festive mood, the celebration of a lively culture thrives on the “Fifth of May”. Celebrations of life with intense color, indeed….