Christmas Spirit

Like snowflakes,

My Christmas memories

Gather and dance—

Each beautiful, unique,

And gone too soon.

Deborah Whipp

With time we grow , and look with different eyes what most people see as Sacred.

But a little of more time, we turn mellow, and tolerant, give a few more years, and we turn even softer, sentimental will be the proper word, we may even cry a tear, or two, when remembering things now afar on time, like our childhood, our parents, and older relatives, now gone for quite some years, you better have created a family of your own, otherwise you will be alone, and with nothing but your memories as a better time, of a paradise lost…

Such it’s the effect  of holidays, it’s hard to be merry, if you have no one to share with.

Alone iIn Contemplation

How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth,

Stol’n on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!

My hasting days fly on with full career,

But my late spring no bud or blossom shew’th …


Verse, a breeze mid blossoms straying,

Where Hope clung feeding, like a bee—
Both were mine! Life went a-maying

With Nature, Hope, and Poesy,

When I was young!

Taylor Coleridge

Often I think of the beautiful town
That is seated by the sea;
Often in thought go up and down
The pleasant streets of that dear old town,
And my youth comes back to me.
And a verse of a Lapland song
Is haunting my memory still:
‘A boy’s will is the wind’s will,
And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.’

Wadsworth Longfellow

Beautiful Town By The Sea

‘Tis death! and peace, indeed, is here,
And ease from shame, and rest from fear.
There’s nothing can dismarble now
The smoothness of that limpid brow.
But is a calm like this, in truth,
The crowning end of life and youth,
And when this boon rewards the dead,
Are all debts paid, has all been said?

Matthew Arnold

I would go back, but the ways are winding,
If ways there are to that land, in sooth;
For what man succeeds in ever finding
A path to the garden of his lost youth?

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Long Winding Road

Delight it is in youth and May
To see the morn arise,
And more delight to look all day
A lover in the eyes.
Oh maiden, let your distaff be,
And pace the flowery meads with me,
And I will tell you lies …

A. E. Housman

Why does a date-palm lose its leaves in autumn?
Why does every beautiful face grow in old age?
Wrinkled like the back of a Libyan lizard?
Why does a full head of hair get bald?
Why is the tall, straight figure
That divided the ranks like a spear
Now bent almost double?
Why is it that the
Lion strength weakens to nothing?
The wrestler who could hold anyone down
Is led out with two people supporting him,
Their shoulders under his arms?
God answers,
“They put on borrowed robes
and pretended they were theirs.
I take the beautiful clothes back,
so that you will learn the robe
of appearance is only a loan.”
Your lamp was lit from another lamp.
All God wants is your gratitude for that.


Oh! Fading light of sunset, here comes another Holiday!

Oh Fading Light of Sunset


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  1. B says:

    Dao. I have great memories of our holiday times together. You are never alone. It was nice to see in your blog the writings by Longfellow. It has been years since I’ve read anything by him. I used to love Longfellow, Holmes, and Lowell. The Cambridge poets, back in high school. As well as Emerson & Whitman. Nice to revisit. Hope you are contented and healthy 4 the holidays and best new year!

  2. Prior... says:

    such a rich literature and photographic journey in this post – well done

  3. stolzyblog says:

    “A boy’s will is the wind’s will.” — what a nifty line. 🙂

  4. Don Ostertag says:

    I have memories of so many holidays. Thanks for the poems that help me enjoy them.
    Beautiful post.

  5. leggypeggy says:

    Beautiful post. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a restorative 2022.

  6. Thank you for the beautiful quotes, Mr Anaya. Being single (to this day), I have spent Christmas on my own for many years because I was usually in foreign countries far away from family. Even today, back in my own country, I’m still not near family.

    The ‘problem’ with Christmas is that it’s specifically a time for family, but there are so many people who don’t have family nearby, or at all. Single people who are ex-foster kids, or adult adopted children, homeless people, people in institutions, single ex-pats or simply people who are estranged from their families. It makes them feel extra alone, or causes them to reflect on being alone, which otherwise might not have been on their mnd.

    Personally I have adapted to Christmas to the extent that I look forward to it – it’s a couple if days of real peace and quiet for a work-a-holic like me. A meditational time used for reflecting on the year past and te year to come. Wishing you a peaceful and restful Christmas from somebody who will spend it alone, as usual 🙂 . My thoughts will be with everyone else who are on their own during that time.

    • theburningheart says:

      I have been alone most of my life since I was on my own, at barely eighteen years of age, except for the three times I lived with a wife, and later with two girlfriends, last one was in 1995, I do have children, now grown ups, and some with their own families, so you can say I have being alone now for twenty and six years.
      Do I celebrate Christmas?
      I was invited on many occasions, to Christmas gatherings by friends, no doubt out of courtesy, knowing I live alone, but of course at the end of the night I am back at home with myself, do not mind, I am used to.
      I respect family life, and do not mind, or give too much thought to it, but occasionally, like I figure most people on our condition may think will be nice to be with someone really nice, but the reality of life asserts itself, and not knowing such person yet, and I not mean a nice woman, undoubtedly they may be millions of them, but so far one interested in me has no being present into my life, and say: Here I am.
      By the way, best wishes to you, and Merry Christmas! 🤷‍♂️😉

      • Your description fits my circumstances quite closely as I left home at age 17, same also for invitations over Christmas, I fully appreciate your thoughts, because it’s the reality I think for quite a lot of people. Fortunately in that sense we are not alone. Merry Christmas to you!

      • theburningheart says:

        Thank you Jean-Jaques, we also wish you a Merry Christmas!

      • theburningheart says:

        Well, at this point in life I am not oppose to a relationship, if it comes naturally, but neither I am seeking it actively.
        Best wishes.

  7. ptero9 says:

    Lovely poems on Christmas and the holidays. Although I’ve been lonely, I really enjoy quiet times alone. After many years of marriage and working, I finally have gift of being alone, at least to the extent that I want it.

    This Christmas, along with my sister, I’ll be visiting my niece and her partner in Albuquerque, so I won’t be alone. She just bought her first house, and this is my first visit out to see it. Somehow I am able to cherish her excitement and am reminded of how grateful I am for my family.
    Happy Holidays to you, dear Brigido.

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you for sharing a little bit of yours, I ignore if you are Christian, or not, myself Catholic by birth, today SBNR (Spiritual, but not religious) will be the closest thing to define me.
      Do I celebrate Christmas, sure I do, do not mind, but if a Jewish family invite me to Hanukkah, or a Moslem to Eid Al-Fitr, or Yalda, I will celebrate that too!🤷‍♂️ 😉

      So Happy Holidays to you Debra! 💖

      • ptero9 says:

        You’re welcome, Brigido. Having joined and left 5 churches, I’m trying not to make it 6 :). So, I guess I’m in the SBNR group as well. I have friends of a variety of persuasions and am open and curious to pretty much anything.
        Albuquerque is lovely, and I am grateful for this family time together.
        Happy holidays to you!

      • theburningheart says:

        I kind of smile Debra, when I lived in LA together with a friend we will go as visitors on Sunday to every imaginable church, and cult you can imagine, for the last fifteen years over there I lived in a place so strategically located, between Los Feliz and Hollywood, with almost every church imaginable having a chapter there, never joined one but it was nice to attend services, and conferences, by respected, and some very famous people, the PRS was within walking distance, and they had every Sunday a guest speaker, it was fun, until I left LA, but never become a member of any, I did that when I was 19 years old, it only took about three, years to realize my mistake, and left. 🤦‍♂️🤣🤷‍♂️

  8. Lovely photos. Nice quotations. At least with a blog community, you’re never alone.
    The picture of the Christmas tree coming out of the tiny red car is adorable.
    How did things go with you finding a new place to live??

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you for your concern dear, yes now I am settled again, actually this new place it’s better than the last one, bigger, and newer, but it also has a drawback, it’s pretty far, and it takes much longer to go, where I need to.
      Well I never feel alone, I am always busy with my chores, time it’s what I need most, and we are running with age out of it, I am afraid…

      Happy holidays to you, and your family dear!

  9. Thank you for sharing your wonderful does bring back of our Christmas in the past. Love this Christmas photo and all the others . Thanks for following my site and I love yours . Merry Christmas Anita

  10. kethuprofumo says:

    What a wonderful poetic post, dear Mr. Brigido! Haven’t you thought to add some poetry to your philosophical reflections? It would be great! Thank you! :-)🎄🎄🎄🎉🎉🎉

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you Maria, maybe one day I will do some poetry, the problem its I will be my worst critic.🤦‍♂️😉

  11. I very much enjoy your deepgoing thoughts you mentioned ,Mr. Brogido, which I feel very present! I am so lucky to have a small family with whom to be together and enjoy it without having bought big gifts! Of course, for me, too, Christmas is not anymore what it used to be so that I had to learn that the robe of appearance is only a loan! (Rumi)
    I wish you a very good Christmas Season and good health in the oncoming year:):)

  12. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Beautiful thoughts and beautiful photos too. I’ve become a big fan of Rumi the past couple of years because of you.
    Happy holiday to you and yours, B.H.

    • theburningheart says:

      Don’t remind me, I got Reynold A. Nicholson, Rumi’s Masnavi whole translation lost in one of the piles of boxes, (three books) from my last move, and also Kenan Rifai commentaries on Rumi Listen!
      Now, I go to find them going through the boxes!🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️😒
      Thank you for visiting us, I am glad you find Rumi because of me, at least that’s a lucky omen, Happy Holidays for you and your loved ones, dear.😊💖
      Here a Rumi’s verse:

      I want a kiss from you,
      Said my heart.
      “Yes but the price is your life.”
      My heart leaped with joy, and said:
      “Who cares about the price!”

  13. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Thank you!
    Now, that’s either true dedication or ultimate zen. Maybe both! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  14. Mr Anaya, Happy New Year to you! May it be a good one in spite of the global challenges. Personally I find that when I simply avoid the news for a few days I feel much better. My New Year’s Resolution is to return to reading more books because they have much better quality information (than TV, newspapers, etc) and more truth in them too 🙂 Best wishes for 2022.

    • theburningheart says:

      I agree with you, reading books it’s my thing, and unfortunately too much time it’s wasted in following news, and whatever it’s online, to lure us away from them, yours it’s a commitment I try to follow as best as I can, unfortunately I am always back on my reading list, at my reading table, I have more than a dozen books, that I read in spurts, and to add to my misfortunes since I moved from home a third time in five years, I got a lot of books in boxes which sometimes I want to consult, or just get back to them, and of course it’s an ordeal, and time consuming activity, to find them, I do not wish on anybody! 😒🤦‍♂️
      Such is life..!🤷‍♂️
      Anyway, sorry for my rant, my best wishes for you on this New Year!😊

  15. kutukamus says:

    Thanks for the words of wisdom, especially that last one by Rumi. 🍸

  16. theburningheart says:

    Thank you, we appreciate your comment!😊

  17. Hello, and Happy New Year. Christmas isn’t my holiday, but I love to drive around my area at night in December, looking at the beautiful Christmas displays on people’s houses and lawns. It’s a great show of lights.

  18. theburningheart says:

    I understand, you may have other belief, I was born a Catholic, but even before I was eleven, years of age, I was not anymore, at least I did not consider me one at the time, but today I will celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Vesak, Al-Hijra, Shab-e Yalda, Inti Raymi, Yule, Precious Purity Festival, Makar Sankrant, Diwali, Kukulkan descent, or you name it, as far as I am concern its all good, and I respect all good traditions, and can be enjoyed by all who has an open mind.

    Best wishes for you, and your family.

  19. Wishing you a new year filled with love and hope. Thank you for all your thoughtful comments and posts. Take care.

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you, we also wish you the best for this year, and thank you for your post about Mole, I may cook it soon, since I have not done it in quite a while.

  20. sherazade says:

    Xmass time is gone.
    Quite spring…A white Rose of my garden

    total white

  21. Beautiful thought sharing 🙂 Stay Blessed.

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