“A Frame of Mind”

Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day.  It’s a frame of mind . . . and that’s what’s been changing.  That’s why I’m glad I’m here.  Maybe I can do something about it.” ~ Kris Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street

Wonderful photo of Mr. Kringle.  Rather handsome, don’t you think?

Good morning, dear friends.  Ah, the beauty of the season.  It is found on every corner and in every home.   And above all, it is in the beauty of the smiling faces of those we love.  Such beauty and joy makes our hearts pound a little harder. So, to add a little beauty to your day, Mr. Kringle  has some thoughts he would like me to share ~  for your “frame of mind.”

“The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” ~ W. C. Jones

Trees are being decorated and their beauty is being celebrated by grand illuminations all around the world.  These special times are happening in cities and small towns, and neighborhoods across our land.

Storefronts are glowing.

Cities and towns are sparkling.

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All, with the warm glow of love.

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“The only blind person at Christmastime is he who has not Christmas in his heart.” ~ Helen Keller

Ah, don’t you love to bring out the ornaments?  We simply unbox memories.  We all have favorites and they all have stories.

And upon the trees, they go.  So that, once again, we may be a child and delight in our precious memories gathered over the years.

I’m not gonna lie - I’m pretty much a traditionalist (real tree, specific type of needles, colorful glass ornaments of all types, colored lights), but I kind of want a tree like this. If I had an office, or a boutique, I’d do this.

Everyone enjoys being ‘Merry’ ~ and making memories. 

“I wish we could put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” ~ Harlan Miller

Wreaths are placed on our doors, saying ” Merry Christmas, everyone!”

We hang them inside.

Decorate our chandeliers.

And,  our mantels.

Almost every possible place receives a touch of Christmas magic.

“It’s the month of cakes and candles, snow and songs, carols and joys, laughter and love…it’s December.” ~ Unknown

We fill the house with wonderful smells of ginger and cinnamon.

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And we make things too pretty to eat . . . almost.

“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” ~ Dale Evans Rogers

I received a Christmas package a few years ago tied beautifully with this same ribbon.  And, I saved it.  Because the beautiful ribbon, which tied my package, was tied with love from my dearest friend, Janet.

We seem to love to fuss over our packages.  Always adding a special touch to the packages of those we hold so dear.

“It’s in the singing of a street corner choir, it’s going home and getting warm by the fire.  It’s true, wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas.” ~ Unknown

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The beauty of this glorious season fills our hearts ~ gives us great joy.  

So as this post travels and makes its way to you,  Mr. Kringle and I hope it will find you in the Christmas “frame of mind.”

Amour et joie à vous, chers amis!  (Love and joy, dear friends)


Au Revoir,




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8 thoughts on ““A Frame of Mind”

  1. Sandra, I so enjoyed your post with all the beautiful, beautiful photos. I love that green beribboned package. Satin ribbon is just so exquisite.

    Thank you for giving us such loveliness for our eyes to feast upon.

    Brenda xox

  2. Loved the picture of the dog. All the pictures are beautiful and the quotes just perfect!

  3. Dearest Sandra, I so badly needed this post tonight. It has been an exhausting week and I just got home a couple of hours ago from a shopping trip to Birmingham with my hubby. The photos are absolutely stunning, the sweet gingerbread house was a favorite. I bought a kit for Ella Mae and me to make this next week. The images you choose and the quotes you share are always so perfect! You definitely spread joy and beauty my friend!❤️

    1. Thanks so much, Pam. Ella Mae will enjoy making her gingerbread house – and you will too. Hope you can get some rest this weekend. Festive can be exhausting.

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