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This holiday season, I give thanks for my daughter who at 24 still enjoys the simple pleasures of hanging out with me and her dad. Now in the last year of her graduate program, she didn’t think she’d be able to make it home from Boston this year for Christmas. By the grace of God, she did. And we’re delighted.

When I asked for her advice about my “Feel Good Tuesday post, she said, “Oh, you should write about family—how wonderful it is to see and spend time with family members. And the importance of appreciating and sharing our love for one another, especially older family members while they can still enjoy your presence.

I’m so grateful for the many evenings we’ve enjoyed snuggled around the fireplace, catching up on our lives, sharing stories and photos, playing games, or dreaming about the year ahead. Sometimes, we gather around the piano and sing… or we round up other instruments and play music together. I imagine other households and muse about the wonderful dreams being shared between moms and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters. The kind of dreams that connect one heart to another around the kitchen table and across the miles.

As you reflect on the holidays, I trust that the one gift you remember is the gift of family—the gift of giving and receiving love.

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“On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—11 pipers piping.”

In this season of blessings, I’m celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas by sharing some of my blessings with you. Yes, I’m still giving away copies of my books and CDs, and free coaching sessions as a way of saying THANK YOU for your abiding faith and support.

Today, December 23, the first 11 people who send an e-mail with the subject line “The 11th Day of Christmas” will receive a complimentary copy of my best-selling book, Legacy Living. Please use this address: Day11@gloriaburgesscom.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and wondrous New Year!

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“On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—six geese a laying.”

In this season of blessings, I’m celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas by sharing some of my blessings with you. We’re on Day 6!! Only six more to go. Yes, I’m still giving away copies of my books and CDs, and free coaching sessions as a way of saying THANK YOU for your abiding faith and support.

Today, December 18, the first six people who send an e-mail with the subject line “The 6th Day of Christmas” will receive a complimentary copy of my best-selling book, Legacy Living. Please use this address: Day6@gloriaburgesscom.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and wondrous New Year!

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“On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me–two turtle doves…”

In this season of blessings, I’m celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas by sharing some of my blessings with you. Each day for the next 12 days, I’ll give away copies of my books and CDs, and a coaching session as a way of saying THANK YOU for your abiding faith and support.

Today, December 13, the first two people who send an e-mail with the subject line “The Second Day of Christmas” will receive a copy of my best-selling book Legacy Living. Please use this address: Day2@gloriaburgesscom.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and wondrous New Year!

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As we segue from the season of harvest to the winter holidays, may you enjoy the blessings of Sanctuary. A few days ago, when my daughter was home for the Thanksgiving holidays, we reminisced about our long-ago annual retreat to one of the great rain forests of the Pacific Northwest.

When she was a youngster, we’d go to a lovely lodge on the edge of the forest and enjoy a few days of quiet before the rush of the holiday season. Beside the warmth of the fire in the main lodge, we’d play cribbage, Scrabble, and Yahtze… and spend long hours writing letters and cards to family and other loved ones to honor Christmas and Kwanzaa. As my daughter grew older, she’d take her cello and practice in one of the rustic gathering rooms. We even played their old piano… serenading the staff and the few other guests who, like us, had come to pause and unwind.

That’s what Sanctuary is all about.

During this season of festivities and frenzied shopping, it’s important to pause, reflect on who and what’s important in your life, and take time to care for yourself.

Here are a few simple ways to pause for Sanctuary this season:

– Embrace the holidays with an open heart, mind, and spirit.

– Look at this season through the eyes of a child—filled with joy and excitement.

– Give the gift that keeps on giving—your kindness and a heart-felt smile.

– Reach out to others with a word of encouragement… or a simple prayer, to help them feel better and you feel more connected and joyful.

I hope you enjoy the blessings of Sanctuary and of the season—Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

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