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Twelve Magic Elf Celebrations

Posted 06-02-2008 at 08:26 PM by Gingerbug (Seasonal Celebrations)

A little over a year ago I started writing Twelve Magic Elf Celebrations...so far I've finished six...so I have six more to go. The ideas are all there just time to actually put them into words. I thought I would share with you the introduction and my thoughts about the Magic Elf tradition:

I have been pondering a bit lately about the popularity of the whole Magic Elves concept and I rather think that Magic Elves touch us on lots of different levels. They give us a chance to be kids again and they are a bit whimsical. But I really think it is a bit more than that. I think the Magic Elves reflect our heartfelt desires to be the people we truly were meant to be.

People that take time out from “business as usual” to enter an enchanted make believe world. Perhaps a world that in some ways is more representative of who we want to be rather than who we are right now. A world where a bit of mischief makes us smile rather than cringe, where we set examples for others...
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The Top Ten Things I Love About These Forums

Posted 05-28-2008 at 08:01 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

It has been a whale of a day. I have recently received a pretty major change to my worklife and this week has been entirely out of control. Normally I can shut down my work a bit at this time of year and concentrate more on what my plans are for Christmas online. I'm not sure if this is going to happen for me this year.

But as I logged on here tonight after a difficult day I was pleasantly surprised to find a mountain of email, several private messages and a couple of hundred posts all waiting for me as a result of these forums.

All work, right?

Nope. Not at all. It is music to my ears, a balm to a work-weary soul.

These forums could never be work to me.

It got me thinking: was it is about coming here? I pondered that a bit and here's just the tip of the iceberg -- a top ten of why I love this place, starting with #10:

10. Traffic. City sidewalks, busy sidewalks...good grief, that's us. Here it is just...
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Christmas of Yester-Years

Posted 05-27-2008 at 06:25 PM by Gingerbug (Seasonal Celebrations)

When I think about Christmas from my childhood I think about the Christmas Stockings. Coming from a family with five children and not much cash we didn't have any fancy red and white stockings....just a good clean boot sock that could be used again later in a more practical way after Christmas. We would hang these not on the mantel...for although we had a wood stove we did not have a fireplace....but on the door of our bedroom. When we went to bed for the night one of my brothers would make sure the broom was beside his bed. then when he woke up in the night he would hit the stockings to see if they had been filled with goodies yet. If they had....then....he would sneak to the door and grab his stocking and off to bed with it he went. Often he would wake the rest of us but not always...sometimes he just relished his filled stocking all by himself and the rest of us only found out later. This was the time before actual toys and gifts were put in stockings. But we were delighted with a...
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Fairy Fantasy

Posted 05-26-2008 at 08:44 AM by Gingerbug (Seasonal Celebrations)

Okay I admit it....I am a fairy follower!!

This weekend we went to the Renaissance Fair and my favorite part was the Fairy Forest. And the best part was there was a vendor with lots of wonderful fairy houses for fairy gardens...of course at 70 dollars (or more) a house they were just a bit outside my budget....but I did get lots of great ideas for my own fairy gardens IF it EVER stops raining around here...not very magical digging in the mud!

I also picked up a couple of cute fairy items...one is a little silver pouch with Fairie Dewdrop tea...I am going to make some Christmas fairie tea pouches using gold pouches and red ribbon. Not sure what flavor of tea bag to use in them but they will make cute little items for the Christmas fairies to leave or to tuck inside a gift basket.

I also picked up a little jar of fairy wishes...it is a little terra cotta jar with a silver fairy charm hanging on it with a couple of beads....but when I pull out the...
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Videos, Blogs and Groups -- Oh My!

Posted 05-26-2008 at 01:32 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

While working to install video capability over the long Memorial Day weekend I received an email from a friend of mine about the site.

"Will you stop already?" she wrote. "You're like a possessed mad-man with all this stuff. Am I going to be able to check my bank account on MMC next?"

Hmmmm. There's a thought.

Ok, so I'm laying it on a little thick here.

But honestly, folks. Can we really have too much Christmas here?

The video thing is a hoot to me. Yeah, I know, it has the potential for trouble. And we'll have to do a job to keep an eye on things.

But in working to get some videos posted just so that folks get the general idea about the video capabilities of MMC I've had the best time.

And dang if it hasn't put me in the mood for Christmas.

Media can do that to us, you know. Seeing an original theatrical trailer for A Christmas Story or even watching Mr. Bean fumble with...
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