Hi Friends,

I know that its a bit early but well I feel festive at the moment and cant wait until the snow falls. What a fantastic time to take photos or to paint the clean silent white landscape. So to round things off for anyone else who feels the approaching enchantment, that most magical and lovely time, where just for a few days the world actually is more caring;

I have attached a youtube link especially for you. and with that I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Alan :)

Somewhere in my memory - John Williams

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Comment by Alan Minshull on November 10, 2011 at 10:59pm
Thats me age 5 (On left) with my big brother Paul and Santa in 1974 hehe
Comment by Maureen Craddock on November 10, 2011 at 11:03pm
Alan I knew you had to be the child with the big smile !!
Comment by Alan Minshull on November 11, 2011 at 10:51am

He he I always loved Christmas :) I still have a tear in my eye when I see kids faces light up as they open their presents under the tree.

Comment by Starr White on November 11, 2011 at 11:23am

Thanks so much for sharing this.  It was lovely.  I've already been feeling the Christmas spirit coming on as well, and this really clinches it.  I try to resist it as long as I can as Christmas commercialism starts here well before Halloween!  Usually by the time Christmas actually gets here, you're already burned out on it.  So, I've been averting my eyes in the department stores, trying not to think about it until atleast Thanksgiving.  But you've gone and done it!  Oh well.  I happily surrender!  Time to break out "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" for my 6 & 8 year old boys!

Comment by Catherine Beminio on November 11, 2011 at 12:48pm

I have all my decorations up already and everyone that knows me thinks Im crazy (But Duh! They should know that by now) Growing up we always waited until the day after Thanksgiving to put up decorations it takes a week or two to get them up then you have to take them down so Nov 1 I start =o) I however have completely given up on buy buy in the stores. Most things these days are handmade. Plus a lot of people have issues with this but the way the economy has been if you find the right yard sales or the right thrift stores there are amazing things almost brand new for half the price or cheaper. We are all artists and creative use that creativeness in your shopping as well. Your wallet will be fatter the light in the kids eyes will not be any less bright and it will be a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. =o) (Enter applause here) =o)

Comment by Alan Minshull on November 11, 2011 at 1:09pm

Thankyou Starr and Catherine,

Such inspiration for the day. If people all over the world could capture this spirit every day of the week, what a wonderful world we would be living in. There is hope and this Christmas like all the others over thousands of years has been the same.. 

We as artists know that what we create comes from within us, and like this most special time, its a time to create love, happiness, joy and forget just for a little while all that is dark in the world.

Merry Christmas friends :) x

Comment by Catherine Beminio on November 11, 2011 at 5:01pm

Hey Alan are you married? Or do you have a single brother that has the same values as you? =o) I am 41 yrs old and have never been partnered with anyone that loved Christmas or was even willing to put much effort into the magic of the holidays. For a l;ong time that wasnt a big deal because my family was living and Christmas was always a big thing in our home. The past decade I had been in a relationship where the other person didnt hate Christmas but there was never any of the magic or the spark that I to feel come at this time. We have been seperated (Never married) for almost 3 yrs and I am desperatly trying to find that magic again as I had allowed the sparkle to dim a bit over the years for lack of anyone to share it with as I lost my whole family in the early 2000's. So now in life we make friends that become our family and we create our own traditions and as you said being artists what better fun than to create new things!!! Happy Holidays my friend =o)

Comment by Sue Sotelo on November 13, 2011 at 12:44am

Hello everyone, I'm jumping in on the conversation here.  Thanks for posting the video Alan, how beautiful.  My husband hung the Christmas lights on the outside of the house today since it was about 58 degrees in Illinois.  Couldn't pass up the perfect weather.  Afterwards, I had some errands to run and decided to stop in at the Christian book store and became so inspired by the beauty of the Christmas tree in the store.  It was small but filled with angels, decorative crosses & doves.  I was especially inspired by the religious artworks and handiworks throughout the store all with the same Christmas theme.  Thank you God for the artist who magnifies the beautiful world we live in and the peace & joy of the season we are once again about to experience.   I don't let the commercialism ruin for me.  I choose to find a quietness and awe of the birth & life of Jesus and celebrate the true meaning of the blessed day.  Catherine, I wish you could come and join us for Christmas.  We have very special memories growing up and still to this day, gathering at my in-laws on Christmas Eve after we attend Mass.  We eat a large meal together. My husband is Hispanic, so besides Turkey, we also have Tamales and Enchiladas as well as all the Turkey fixins.   Before opening gifts, we line up all of the grandchildren (there's about 25 in all - hubby and I both have 9 brothers & sisters each side of the family!) So we line up the children near the Nativity scene and we sing Silent Night while each child lays one tiny wrapped gift box at the feet of baby Jesus.  The last child holds Jesus's birthday cake with candles lit and we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.  Afterwards, the kids blow out the candles.  Sometimes, the cousins put on a musical show for us.  One plays the Xylaphone, another the drums, another guitar, and the kids all sing Christmas songs including Little Drummer Boy... It makes it so much more meaningful. After all of this, then we exchange gifts.  On Christmas Day, we visit my mom and my side of the family.  We eat ham sandwhiches and appetizers and an ornament exchange.  Then we exchange our gifts.  We spend the rest of the afternoon playing board games, or dice games.  It's a splendid celebration!

Comment by Catherine Beminio on November 13, 2011 at 8:07am

WOW Susan your holiday celebrations sound amazing if Im there by noon on Dec 24th do you think Ill be in time for the festivities? Ill even bring a small wrapped gift for Jesus =o) I miss family time at Christmas I lost al of my main family between 2002 and 2004 leaving just me and my sister and she doesnt have much of the holiday spirit never has really plus she lives pretty far away from me. However I am a firm believer the season is what you make it so while I may not be surrounded by a ton of family and friends on that special day I am always connected t Spirit.

So  usually take that day to meditate and pray and just be with the magic that fills the air. Thanks for letting us peek into the window of your celebration and may this holiday be as blessed as every one before... This year is going to be a bit duller for me as I just 2 days ago lost my African Grey Parrot. I have had her since she was 3 days old and she was 5 1/2 when she was killed this past friday. If you arent aware of the bond that forms between owner and parrot for most its an even stronger bond than with a dog or a cat at least for me and I love my dog to pieces. So looking at the decorations around my house right now is a little bitter sweet. All my best to you now and throughout the season...

Comment by Sue Sotelo on November 23, 2011 at 4:35am

Catherine, noon is perfect timing on Christmas Eve!  lol. I understand your loss of your Parrot. That is so sad that she passed on.  I had a talking parakeet for a few years and it had a large vocabulary.  I was crushed when he died (he became ill).  Stay connected to the season in Spirit and enjoy the holidays.

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