Happy Holidays and Personal Reflections..

Happy holidays! Wishing all my readers a wonderful, joyous holiday season! For all those who have shared their tkr experiences, thank you. For all those stopping by to receive support and information, thank you. This site would not exist and be as successful as it is without each and every one of you.

Personal reflections involving three main components (movies, music and food) of the holiday season:

It’s such a blast to watch the holiday classic movies including the original (black and white) ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, ‘Holiday Inn’, ‘Frosty the Snowman’ (with Jimmy Durante narrating) and ‘White Christmas’. I can’t remember the name of the episode, but there’s a Dragnet episode involving the theft of Baby Jesus that signifies the magical quality of this season. The episode usually plays on Christmas Eve. It’s just great to watch. πŸ™‚

Another one of my personal favorites is Going My Way’ starring Bing Crosby. The message is powerful and the music is outstanding. And…what would the season be without the Grinch? The traditional, animated version is wonderful, but the movie version is also available. The choice is yours. Or, why not watch them both? πŸ™‚

The beginning of the holiday season, in my opinion, is the showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. There is something in that movie for everyone. Whatever is occurring in one’s everyday life, at some point, is in this movie. I just love it. Plus, Jimmy Stewart is an all-time favorite. πŸ™‚

And…let’s not forget ‘Christmas Story’. “You’re gonna shoot your eye out, kid.” The leg lamp, Christmas dinner at the Chinese restaurant, Bumpus Hounds, double dares, and others are timeless. I particularly like the double dare involving the kid sticking his tongue onto a frozen lamp post. When his tongue got stuck, his friend says…”It really works.” Gets me every time.

The music is another blessing. Tunes such as ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’, ‘First Noel’, ‘Halleluiah’ and ‘Silent Night’ never get old. Personally, I prefer classic versions and not that electronic stuff that some bands make money off of..(name unmentioned). I never get tired of hearing Bing Crosby sing ‘White Christmas’ or another Irving Berlin song titled ‘Count Your Blessings’. Wonderful way to celebrate happy holidays!….

It’s a blast to entertain at holiday festivities. It never gets old playing my flute, seeing smiling faces and sharing others’ personal reflections. The flute is so perfect for a wide variety of spiritual-related compositions. It even sounds good playing Jingle Bells. Nice..:)

Let’s not forget the food and beverages. It’s the only time gingerbread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie spices, yams, eggnog, sweet potatoes, turkey gravy, cranberries and ambrosia salad appear on the dinner plate. I don’t know about you, but this is the only time of the year I consume spiced wine, eggnog, gravy and dressing. Happy holidays!

Side note: I served up gravy at a local holiday meal fest and was taken aback by the amount of people who didn’t want gravy on their mashed potatoes…what’s up with that? Me…I cover mashed potatoes, turkey and dressing with the luscious liquid. In fact, I make a volcano out of my potatoes and let the gravy overflow begin. It never occurred to me that others wouldn’t. πŸ˜•

And, for those new to the tkr (total knee replacement) world, it does get better. Honest. Keep on doing your exercises and realize that all the pain and discomfort will result in a more pain-free living.

Happy Holidays! Remember not to overdo it and place your health above all else. Moderation is the key to success in all areas. πŸ™‚

If traveling, be safe and patient.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

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