#Christmas Holiday Wishes – My Christmas Wish by D.G. Kaye | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and joyous season. I know this Christmas is like no other for everyone. We are living in historic times. I don’t need to go on about what so many of us have been enduring in each of our own personal lives and how holiday plans have been affected for us all. But it’s a good time to remember gratitude for the many things we do have, and for the fact that we are still here and waking up every day for another taste of living.

Today, instead of writing a new post about Christmas wishes, I’m sharing a reblog of a Christmas post Sally Cronin has snatched from my archives and featured at her Smorgasbord Christmas Magazine. It doesn’t matter if a few years have passed since this writing. Every word still applies – maybe even just a little more for this unprecedented year.


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Archives -#Christmas Holiday Wishes – My Christmas Wish by D.G. Kaye



Over the last seven years there have been some amazing guests in the run up to Christmas who have shared stories about their own memories of this time of year or their festive fiction. In the next four weeks I will be repeating some of those posts, updated with the authors recent books and reviews.


D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies was a guest here in 2014 and never left… thank goodness, with the Travel Column, Relationships and co-presenting the Laughter Lines, combined with daily support, Smorgasbord would not be the same without her. In this post originally from 2017, Debby shares her thoughts about the celebration of Christmas and her wish for us all. Still very relevant today.

Christmas Holiday Wishes – My Christmas Wish by D.G. Kaye



I’d like to take this time to wish all of my friends here a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. Yes, I love saying Merry Christmas, and with the world full of political correctness, just about everything that’s said seems to be getting some sort of scrutinizing, but there are just some phrases that remain a part of us.

I’m not of the Catholic or Christian faith, but since childhood, I was smitten with the magic of Christmas. Sure, I was captivated by the glistening of Christmas lights on the city streets, and I yearned for a Christmas tree to have in my home in all its shining glory, but Christmas time is so much more than lights and presents.

Merry Christmas

Christmas for me is a time to remember the importance of friends and family, a time to reflect on the year about to pass. It’s also a time where I miss loved ones who have passed, just a little bit more, and most of all, a time to remember gratitude.

The world seems to be in such a volatile state these days. There is much doubt and faith, many questions unanswered, too much violence, and greed. My wish is that mankind could revisit goodness, kindness, and compassion, and remember to be grateful for some of life’s most mundane things we so often take for granted.

I’m remembering my loss of my loved ones, and with that in mind, it serves to remind me just how precious life is. I’ve watched suffering, and I’ve been stunned at how in a moment’s notice a loved one can be snatched from our lives, sometimes even without warning, without a sign of illness. These types of reminders show us how quickly life can turn on a dime.

Let us remember our lost loved ones by holding them dear in our hearts, and remember the love we hold for those who are all here with us now. Let us find joy in our hearts for every little thing we have, and remember gratitude for every single day we are gifted with another day of living.

If we can all learn to let go of some of the hurt and uncertainties that dwell within us and turn that into forgiveness and hope, maybe as a unified chain of positivity, we can help to make the world a better place. This is my Christmas wish.

Wishing you all happiness and health and peace for now, and for all the years to come.


Debby has chosen Celine Dion singing “O Holy Night” to wish you a Merry Christmas.




Merry Christmas



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Share Your Christmas Short Story (or Poem). | Stevie Turner

What’s in Your Stocking?


Christmas sock


One magical Christmas, a simple woolen sock dangled from a hook.

Unlike other Christmases of past,

The contents have changed as the years progress.

Once stuffed with chocolates, candies and miniature plastic dolls and toys.

As the years advanced, to perfume, makeup, and a costume bauble or two.

But as more years passed, the contents had changed yet again.

No longer tangible gifts and trinkets – we’re passed that now. 

It was time to discard commercialism and remember basics and what matters most.


Now the stocking hangs weightless, but it’s far from empty.

The fireplace crackles below a simple Christmas stocking, threaded to a bough.

Holding now some of the most important things that somehow disappeared into the ‘take life for granted box’ of the past.

Filled now with hopes, dreams and prayers,

Stuffed with wishes for kindness, love, good health, goodwill toward all mankind, and peace for the world.

 For these are the things that matter most and first of all.




We’re invited to share a Christmas story or poem over at Stevie Turner’s blog. Pop over and join in. This was my story entry.


Source: Share Your Christmas Short Story (or Poem). | Stevie Turner


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Ani’s Advent Invitation: Christmas Reflections with D. G. Kaye | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Ani’s Advent Invitation: Christmas Reflections with D. G. Kaye

I was recently invited to share a Christmas feature over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo where her 4 Legse Ani has invited writers to share something about Christmas – a letter, a poem, to help Ani fill in the days leading to Christmas. Naturally, Ani leads off all posts with her thoughts. . .

Well, so far, for my campaign to not be dressed in something silly this year..after the antler debacle… I’ve had letters from cats, dogs, and various other creatures, including two-legses. What is really heartwarming is that, seeing a small dog in need of some serious help here, everyone has pulled together, old friends and new, for a fellow creature in (potential) trouble.

And it isn’t serious trouble, not this time anyway. Just a small attack on my dignity….and I don’t have all that much of it that I can afford to lose any more!

Now, lots of two-legses around the blogosphere seem to be ready to help when folks of various species need a hand or a paw… and ‘specially at Christmas. Wouldn’ it be nice if everybody  did the same, all year round? Debby seems to think so too…



D. G. Kaye

‘Tis the season of Christmas filling the air,
When all we’ve observed throughout the year, a gentle reminder, a time to care.

We hear about people dying, starving, homeless or sick,
The tug at our hearts reminds us of the world’s woes and the clock’s tick.

Reflections flood in as sentiment ignites our hearts,
Taking stock of our thoughts before the old year departs.

As we celebrate the season, resides that old pang of melancholy reverberation,
At family gatherings when thoughts divert to loved ones no longer part of our celebration.

Some of us place at the table, an extra chair,
Or a place card in remembrance of one who is no longer there.

The joy at Christmas gatherings, still affords me a tear,
With memories of loved ones lost through the years.

I don’t pull up an extra chair to bridge the sense of feeling apart,
My feelings of loss are kept on those place cards, buried deep in my heart.

The only gifts I wish to receive,
Is for the world to find peace and compassion and give hatred a reprieve.

Return to us the brotherhood of mankind,
Let unity bind us, forsaking evil and all ill will behind.


Originally posted on The Daily Echo

Source: Ani’s Advent Invitation: Christmas Reflections with D. G. Kaye | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo