Have you ever wondered about the changes in music and literature–how they came about? Who were the people behind this revolution?
I love quotes. Some are good. Some are really stupid. And some are mind blowing. I love all three. Here are several I found when I was going through some old folders from college.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~ Colin Powell
“Don’t be content with being average. Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.” ~Unknown
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~Mark Twain
“It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.” ~Zig Ziglar
“It’s not the days in life we remember, rather the moments.” ~ Walt Disney
“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” ~Unknown
“To solve the problems of today, we must focus on tomorrow without forgetting lessons from the past.” ~Heidi Vanlandingham
And my personal favorite:
‘It is said some lives are linked across time. Connected by an ancient calling that echoes through the ages. Destiny.’ ~Prince of Persia movie
Christmas. My favorite time of year. Chilly nights spent drinking cocoa (now lattes) and staring into the fire’s crackling, orange-hued flames, dreaming make-believe dreams and wishing for fairy tales. Of course, watching the Nutcracker Ballet every Christmas Eve as a child fed these fantasies to perfection.
Each new Christmas season, I pull out my favorite movies:
and my favorite music:
to help me get into the Christmas spirit, which in today’s VERY commercial society is hard to do. Instilling traditions passed from parent to child for generations is almost a lost art. Kids today only see the presents–always the biggest and most expensive.
I am only the third generation of my dad’s family to live in America. My great-grandfather left Germany to escape the impending destruction of World War I. All the wonderful (and yes, incredibly fattening) traditions he brought from the “old country” are still a treasured part of my family’s celebration.
Beyond any doubt, I can honestly say our favorite tradition is breakfast. Sitting around my parent’s large table, we eat German coffee bread and cinnamon rolls until we can’t move. Generously slathering butter over the homemade bread and dipping it in my mother’s homemade hot cocoa makes my mouth water as I write this. The rich buttery flavor with the perfect touch of cinnamon blended with chocolate is ambrosia. Combine that with the laughter and gaiety of my family’s weird sense of humor and it becomes priceless–a perfect Christmas present.
What are your favorite memories of Christmas? What traditions have your family passed down from generation to generation?