Christmas Wish: “More Days Like This!”

Dear Reader:

Yesterday was such a fun, creative day that I thought to myself …I wished every day could be filled with such anticipation, along with opportunities to re-create decor using last year’s decorations but rearranging everything differently.

Besides the fun of decorating…every phone call was about something good, texts even better…all the news in my world filled me with such happiness. Let me give you some examples.

I found some old decorations from a few years back in a drawer I hardly ever open. I decided to re-arrange and make something new from old. For example…putting an old Santa clay figurine in a cotton wreath…so it looks like he is encircled in snow.

Later in the day I looked out and saw a ‘Sammy the Cardinal’ suet cage hanging out on a hook from my front den window. My neighbor, Jane, had seen it at a store and thought it would be the perfect early Christmas gift for me to enjoy. She was so right…so cute and I can hardly wait for the real Sammy to land there and get his picture made at his suet cage! 🙂

Walsh texted and then called to let me know that Rutledge had won first place in the first grade Reindeer Race (all the first grade boys participated in this race)! I don’t know who was more excited…Walsh, Mollie or Rutledge…unless it was me. A proud grandmother. Last year he won first place in the kindergarten race…that boy can run.

I told Walsh I would have to get him a red glowing nose…since he lead the pack of first grade “reindeer” throughout the entire race…a real Rudolph in the making! 🙂 Maybe one day he can guide Santa’s sleigh!

When I opened one drawer all of Joan Turner’s original Christmas cards were lying inside…they are so whimsical and adoring…I immediately found a photo hanger and put them all on it. Part of my annual Christmas anticipation is waiting to see Joan’s latest Christmas card painting…a tradition now in my personal Christmas celebration.


Cicero alluded to the fact that “We are not here for ourselves”…inferring, of course, that we are here to help others. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

So until tomorrow…At this time of year the term ‘Christmas miracle’ can sometimes be over-used… but simply put…Can’t we all be a miracle if we choose to help others.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

* This is my neighbor Vickie’s birthday so I can going to sneak over and leave some surcies for her while she works at Miler today. She is the most giving, wonderful neighbor one could have…a great friend. I am not supposed to know it is her birthday so SHHHH!


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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3 Responses to Christmas Wish: “More Days Like This!”

  1. Beverly says:

    Way to go Walshand Happy Day to Vickie


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    What a wonderful day…and you my friend has the kindest heart…


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