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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019

Dearest friends,

Christmas is coming again. Tis the season to be jolly! Isn’t this a wonderful time of the year? So many things fill our hearts with the spirit of Noel: the melody of the traditional carols, the glitzzy lights, the ornate decorations and the loving presence of those we cherish around us.

In the minutiae of our quotidian existence, many hours of the day are consumed with work and duties. But what matters most to us, at the end of the day? The people that are close to us, they matter most. And to most of us, they are our family. A family is not necessarily the same in the present age as it was generations ago. I think, with the expeditious advent of globalisation and new technology, we have reached an advanced stage of social development whereby a recognition has emerged that not all families consist of father, mother and children. There is more variety today, along with more broad-mindedness and tolerance which is a positive thing. I have been with you for only three years-the immeasurable love and the gracious acceptance you have given me has moved me so deeply that you are now a part of my extended family. And I mean it with every fibre of my being.

Ladies and gentlemen, the significancy of the holiday lies in the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose life is an enlivening inspiration to millions of people across the globe. Through his undaunted actions, he bequeathed to us the extraordinary gifts of love, generosity, respect, forgiveness and compassion. So, let us join hands as His children and together we tread the path of righteousness. Speaking of children, kindly allow me to quote Matthew 18: 1-5 NIV Bible,

“1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.

3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

Jesus said he desires everyone to come into his kingdom like children. The essential corollary of this is that God wants us, irrespective of our title and status to embrace life’s ups and downs with a childlike enthusiasm-joyfully, expectantly, trustingly, innocently and humbly.

The holiday season is a perfect time for everybody to heed home. Contrary to what we grew up believing, not all homes are made of bricks and cement. For some people, home is the outdoors, this is where they find their place in the world. For others it is just a specific place in their house, their room or on their favorite couch. For a lucky few, home is with someone special, this is where they find their comfort and respite from the world outside. For others, home is in the books, in the company of characters they love. There are some for whom home is in memories, this is where they repeatedly go when they lose their way. Home, by definition, is a place you can call your own, and this can be a piece of music, a sound or a taste even. It is said that home is where the heart is, thus home is where your hopes and dreams fly to when you set them loose. Mostly, home is a feeling, a feeling of belonging, a feeling that when I am here doing things, I can be myself, I have an identity. For me personally, the blogosphere is my home, with every single one of you-it is my place of warmth and familiarity and I cannot imagine ending 2018 without wishing you good tidings. I have a fantastic news for you, my darlings. The Little Mermaid is now a self-hosted site. Wooohooo!!! It is still in the making (80% completed) and I will get down to the nitty-gritty of it in another post when I do the official launching. At the moment, I’m super excited to learn new stuff everyday: SEO, Linux, Adsense among others.

It has been a remarkable year with you, my people. Your words of encouragement and unbounded compliments touch me to the core. I am amazed to see the consideration so many of you give to my posts. It reassures me that some people do appreciate what I write and it makes me feel valued. I hope to be worthy of it. From sharing jokes to put a smile on my face to wiping my tears when I’m down, from pushing me to reach my potential to lending an ear when I feel the need to vent out, a mere thank you is just not enough. Still, I must thank you. Thank you for standing by me. Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for letting me be my humble self. Thank you for simply being the amazing individuals that you are. You all are very special to me and hold your own spot in my heart.

In my closing words, I would like to wish you and your kin a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019. Forgive quickly. Love abundantly. Laugh often. Do not ever give up on your dreams for there is always a brighter tomorrow. May the Almighty bless you richly. Amen.

Love, hugs and kisses,
The Little Mermaid

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122 thoughts on “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019”

  1. Well said, Little Mermaid. God bless you and yours during this Happy Holiday Season. May the new year bring you your highest good, filling your cup of dreams to overflowing. Take care and keep going!

    1. Aww thank you Charlie! I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us. I truly hope to be able to deliver more.

      Sending lots of love to you X

  2. I liked your post and was contemplating what being like a child meant.. if you follow my blog this year has had me accept some big changes. My Mom died from cancer in June and I have resumed hemodialysis after 31 years blessed with a working transplant. .
    Dialysis tbree times a week is my life support but it is a seven day a week demanding and sometimes painful essential lifeline.
    Childlike to me means accepting my status and relaxing that God is caring, and in charge; that i accept i am in the back seat and he is driving. My destination is in his hands and he is going to plan and provide. My role is to trust the driver.
    As adults who plan and care for others this surrender is unnatural.
    I have plans for a blog soon along this thought,, maybe you will comment when you read it.

    1. Hello David,

      I’m sorry you’re going through this. Thanks for opening up to me although I know this must be hard to talk about. I know very little about dialysis but I do understand how physically and emotionally draining it can be, especially for someone like you, who is used to caring for others and to doing things by himself.

      All people have bumps in the road of life at some point, my dear. It was never meant to be always smooth-sailing. Accept your challenges and face them with a brave heart. And know that God is always there for you, even in your darkest hours, even when you feel like there is no aspiration left. Put your trust in Him and he will lift you in his arms.

      I really hope you have a good support system of family and friends. Your blogger friends are also here for you. I’m here for you. Anytime you feel the need to share about your trials, please never hesitate to write to us. I will follow your blog closely and visit you often.

      I send you love, light, healing energy and infinite blessings. I wish I could do more. Take care of yourself. You’re a warrior.

      Warm hugs X

    1. Aww..Thanks a lot dearest Caz! Going self-hosted is pretty exciting. I’m sure this will bring me much closer to my readers, well-wishers and friends out here.

      Sending big hugs and love your way, sweetheart XO

  3. Innocence and hope are never out of style. I read somewhere, about family, that we know members of our real family better in 10 seconds than we might know a blood relative in a lifetime. We’re all connected, something that would be nice to remember and carry throughout the year. But it’s good we have a holiday to remind us, eh? Nice piece, Merry Christmas, peace, and the very best of the new year!

    1. You said that very well, Phill and I agree. They talk about a universal consciousness which is the binding force of all life. Our own individual consciousness is part of this one universal consciousness which some people call ‘The Universal Force’ or ‘God’. Mediocre thinking would delude us into believing that there are people in society more superior or inferior than us by virtue of their outward appearance, wealth and power when in reality, these are nothing but a projection of our feeble egos. We are all from the same element, and we should learn to live in harmony with each other for our highest good.

      Thank you for the nice wishes, my friend. Take care.

      Hugs X

  4. Have fun with Linux. I’ve been doing Linux since the late 1990’s, it’s great. Wonderful reminder from Matthew. What a beautiful tree with ornaments and statues. You look stunning next to your tree and simply sitting on your sofa. Have a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous 2019.

    1. Thank you very much for the warm compliments, Timothy. I’m just starting to get the hang of how Linux works. It’s a new world for me but I’m loving the time spent learning more. Well, since you’re an ace at it, I might ping you if I’m stuck somewhere.

      Have a nice time with your loved ones.

      Hugs X

    1. Indeed Marie! A child appreciates not only Christmas with gusto, but he also finds wonder and derives pleasure from doing the most ordinary daily tasks like dish washing and walking the dog. Perhaps, we, as adults, should learn a thing or two about happiness from children.

      Lots of love to you X

    1. Migueltio!! My best blogger-friend, how are you doing? I wish you and your family all the very best in 2019.

      And thank you for the kind words.

      Huge hugs X

    1. A Saviour, for a certainty he was, who came to defeat Satan, to destroy sin and to bring truth and light into the world. It’s by His stripes, we are healed. It’s by His sacrifice that we are made virtuous. It’s by His shed blood that we are washed clean. It’s by His coming down from heaven to earth that we’re granted forgiveness and everlasting life in heaven.

      Hallelujah, the Lord be praised!

  5. I have nominated you for the Liebster award. This is just my way of letting you know how much I appreciate and enjoy your blog. Please do not feel obligated to follow the instructions. Do whatever you feel is best for you. If you choose to participate go to https://larenascorner.com/2018/12/24/liebster-award/ and follow the rules and directions. If you choose not to participate no worries. Have a wonderful, awesome and blessed Christmas!

    1. Hello there, thank you very much. You, as the person behind ‘Care Africa Movement’, are doing a sterling job for the relief of indigent people in your community. It is an applaudable vision in our otherwise acquisitive society.

      Bravo! Keep the flame of humaneness burning!

  6. Thank you, Little Mermaid!
    Thank you especially for the reminder of the real meaning of Christmas, the coming of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. May His presence be very real to you all through this season and the coming year! God bless you – and continue to make you a blessing to many people!

    1. Aww! What can be more heartwarming than reading comments like this on your blog on the first day of the New Year? Thank you Stephen, for the abundance of love and support. I feel I’m the luckiest woman in the blogosphere to be surrounded by kind people like your good self.

      I send you positive vibes with big hugs. Please keep in touch!

      Kisses X

    1. Hi there, I did enjoy reading that one post. I have been away from the blogging world over the past 2-3 months (only intermittently checking the monthly tea parties) but now that I’m back, I’ll make sure to visit your site.

      Thanks again for the kind words. Take care. X

      1. Thanks for all the encouragement given. I saw in my status that my post from Maritius has risen to 7,from 5..and hence thought you might have gone through the post and thus presumed and inquired. Best wishes.

  7. I want to thank you so kindly for all the wonderful things you have done this past year and the neat people I have met through your lovely little tea parties. You are a wonderful creative person and you shine whenever you are around. It makes me feel very much at peace and very happy deep down where it counts. I want to wish you and your family the very best life has to offer in this New Year and all the years to follow. Hugs, Anne always

    1. Dear Anne,

      Your affectionate words have touched me deeply. I felt a true spiritual connection with your soul because you are speaking from your heart. My small circle of close family members and friends habitually tell me that I lighten up the atmosphere everywhere I go. Perhaps, it’s due to my jovial disposition. I think when you have gone through a lot in life and you genuinely care for people beyond your own self-serving interests, you naturally become someone who spreads love and joy-like an angel does.

      I’m blessed to have known you, my sweetheart. Thank you for the nice wishes. I send you all my love along with big, warm hugs and kisses.

    1. Thank you so much for noticing and complimenting me for what’s on the inside, which is what matters most in the end. Do keep in touch. 🙂

      Big hugs XO

    1. Hello Simon, how are you? Thanks! I wish you all the best in the New year. Take care!

      Hugs and kisses X

      1. Hi there Mermaid, I hope your start to January has been kind to you. I wish you all the best for 2019 as well!

        Hugs and kisses back at you! xoxo

    1. Thank you for blessing me with the sacred fruits of the Holy Spirit, my darling Sue.

      I send you oodles of love with big, squeezy hugs! Take care X

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