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A beautiful reminder that Christmas is an every day undertaking. We are fortunate. Here in Edmonton, we celebrate the orthodox Christmas used by Slavic peoples and their religions and today is Christmas again or still.

Grits and Grains

“When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.”

Howard Thurman

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

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  1. Lovely poem, and it is so necessary to keep the soul intact and be reminded of our Humanity through the voice of the poets..

  2. Yes it is, everyday is Christmas and everyday is happy birthday and everyday is New Year’s Eve, and everyday is valentines….I could go on and on…

  3. Thank you for the reboot Ivon, and Happy Christmas to you, your loved ones and those you reach to. Here in UK it’s everyone getting back to normal for the first full working day after Christmas. Trees and decorations now all down and away.

  4. Some say “a spark of the light of Christ is within the heart of every human”.
    If that is true we can shine that light every day and make it a Christ-mas day. 🙂

    • I agree Stefanie. When I slow down a bit and quiet my self, I find the spark of light of Christ. It is when I get busy that I lose track of that.

      • The problem you are describing is familiar to me, Ivon.
        It helps me to stay aware when I remember to check-in several times a day for a minute or so and just breathe gently. – Or to read great reminders posted by people like you! 😀

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