Bring Your Character to Life

So we are less than 24 hours away from closing submissions to this month’s linky party: Poems to Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty! Did you write an ode to your favorite Christmas character? It’s not too late to create your submission and get linked up for the #OdetoChristmasCharacters poetry challenge.

Submit now!

Voting opens at 00:05 PST on December 23rd and ends on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2015, at 23:55 PST.*

Poems to Santa, Rudolph and Frosty

Poems to Santa, Rudolph and Frosty

This month’s Poetry challenge linky party, #OdetoChristmasCharacters has begun. You really mustn’t be surprised that this month I would have a holiday-themed poetry challenge awaiting you! I mean, who doesn’t love Santa Claus, Rudolph and Frosty?  A lot of people even love the unloveable Grinch.  Am I right?

Choose a Christmas character (Krampus counts) to create a poem around. If additional characters find their way into your piece, that’s fine, just try to make one character the primary focus.

This month’s unique party hashtag for your posts is #OdetoChristmasCharacters.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Submission deadline is Tuesday, December 22nd at 24:55 PST.
Submit now!

Voting opens at 00:05 PST on December 23rd and ends on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2015, at 23:55 PST.*

*(If you don’t know PST just Google “What time is it now in PST?” and calculate against your time zone)

MEMEE’S POETRY PARTY RULES OF CONDUCT:

1. No naughty pictures. (This will disqualify you.)

2. Submit the URL address to your relevant original poem.

3. Please try to visit at least two party guests, leave them a nice compliment or begin a friendly discussion with them. Mingle, people, mingle!

4. This party’s unique hashtag is #OdetoChristmasCharacters, use it. Link back to me and, of course, if you tweet me, I’ll tweet you… tweet, tweet! (Even if you don’t have a twitter account please use the hashtag as a blog tag.)

5. Let your followers know that you’re partying at Memee’s Musings  and they’re invited to drop in and join the party! It’s a perfect excuse to use your participation badge!  Because I do not vote it is important that you participate in promoting the event. The more word of mouth the more activity and the greater the impact on your website.  So challenge your fellow poets to party with us and solicit your followers to read all of the poems and vote their favorite (while the voting window is open).

Memee’s Party Punchbowl

HELPFUL LINKS:

Here’s a Video.
Or if you prefer infographics, go to this post.

Collect your participation badge and find more answers at: Memee’s Poetry Parties.

Have fun and happy, happy holidays to each and every one of you!

Memee

Collage created by Memee’s Musings, 2015
Santa created by Recon Cycles; Rudolph: ClipArtBest.com; Frosty: All-Free-Download.com

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The Tinkling of a Bell

I just heard the lightest tinkling of a bell ringing, I lifted my head and glanced to my right as the above movie clip ran through my mind… and then I came back to reality and realized a Christmas ornament had fallen off the tree. I guess it’s time to take the tree down before any more ornaments end up breaking * this year.

So far, 2015 feels so much better than 2014 ever did. I hope it’s working out that way for you too! Seven days ’til February, start giving out hugs ‘just because’ and find the positive everywhere!

*So as many of my readers know I have a fabulous best friend, Forest. He doesn’t suffer from depression and always makes me happy… his tail is always a’waggin. This year I made the mistake of putting a gorgeous handpainted blown-egg Christmas ornament of the Puget Sound low on the tree. Welp, it happened, his tail broke the shell despite it’s being a good 3-feet off the ground.

My Christmas Miracle

So we are now four days away from Christmas and it’s happened, I’m no longer a Grinch! I am feelin’ enthused, excited, and exhilarated about the future. Thank you, Lord, for guiding me through all of the struggles of the past 4 months and the entire year:

  • Jan. 2014: Excited for the new year. The number 14, being my lucky number, I just knew this would be my year!
  • Feb. 2014:  My friend, Gina murdered by her 16-year-old son.
  • Mar. 2014:  Uneventful. Nothing good, but nothing really bad either… regular ups-and-downs of being me.
  • Apr. & May 2014:  Mid-life Crisis: I’M GETTING OLD! My life is at least half over… IF I’m Lucky (and I’ve never been lucky*).
  • June 2014:  I turned 45 years old… GROWN & GROAN!  Dream vacation with my Honey; sucked.  I felt lonely and abandoned — obviously I chose to ignore these big RED FLAGS waving in my face.
  • July 2014:  Beginning to recuperate from mid-life crisis. Things are finally starting to turn around, thank goodness!
  • August 12, 2014:    “You” send me a Dear Joan text instead of showing up for an important date.  I lash out on facebook, tagging all your family members, co-workers, and our mutual friends.  (I take it off an hour later but continue to purge you with my sword-pen… even though I do not send you the finalized copy of the letter Entitled: Scorned Woman Lashes Out on Facebook.)
  • Sept 25, 2014:  My daddy dies unexpectedly.
  • Oct. 25, 2014:  “You” marry someone else.
  • Oct.31, 2014:  Halloween, our 13-year anniversary as a couple.
  • Nov. 2014:  There’s little to feel grateful for.
  • Dec. 25, 2014:  Three month anniversary of my daddy’s death.

It has been a hard, hard year, Lord, but you’re helping me through it one moment at a time.  I am so grateful for your love, guidance, security and stability.

And yesterday, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, my Christmas Miracle began.  I hadn’t seen it coming.  I had only known that I didn’t want it to be Christmastime; I didn’t want to celebrate the end of a year of personal tragedies.  And I most certainly didn’t feel ready for my life to move on or think about a life without those loved ones I have lost.

Memee, what?  What was your Miracle? Continue reading

10 Days Til Christmas and I’m Still a Grinch!

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Here it is, December 15th and I am still not in the spirit of the holidays. And that says a ton about how I am doing right now. 2014 was such a difficult year filled with so many losses. Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year but Christmas also represents the end of a year and this year was filled with endings that came unexpectedly and repeatedly, each loss more intense than the one before. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Spanksgiving

http://www.bzzagent.com/blog/post/hallobzz/
Cartoon provided by: http://www.bzzagent.com/

It happens every year. Time speeds up, the days fly by and before it could realistically be possible, we find ourselves in the grip of the holidays. It is totally ridiculous that Christmas Carols are playing throughout the malls and department stores the day after Halloween. It is even more ridiculous that in chain stores like Fred Meyer, Walgreen’s, Bartell’s, Walmart, K-mart, Target, and so many others you will find shelved side-by-side in mid-October both Halloween and Christmas decorations… What??? Yep, every year retailers across America thrust the Christmas season upon us just a little bit earlier. It used to be subtle and we weren’t really aware of it. But now… Oh’mgosh! Thanksgiving is still a week away and the U.S. Forest Service began issuing Christmas Tree-Cutting permits for our local forests six days ago (Nov 14) and as would of course follow, the Christmas tree lots are jumping in on the market, seven days before Thanksgiving themselves. The fast-forward button needs to stop. Big Business, you’re taking it too far! Continue reading