Memories of Christmas growing up feel more like a photo album.
A snapshot here and a Polaroid there –
my best present ever – a metal barn yard set (obviously pre-Fisher Price),
standing in awe at the sight of Santa’s presents covering the floor from tree to couch (a rare Christmas with relatives),
eating the big turkey dinner in our pajamas,
Yup, I ruined Christmas.
At least mine.
Not one for hunting out hiding spots to begin with,
that year I decided to be ‘sneaky’ and figure out all my presents.
By the time Christmas morning rolled around, I knew what was hidden beneath each and every wrapping.
The disappointment felt surreal.
Everything was exactly as it had been.
Somewhere in my youthful mind the gifts were supposed to change and create surprise all over again.
I held out hope even though logically the truth was known.
And never has.
But I learned what Christmas was all about for me.
The magic of not knowing.
The last present opened was most dreaded of all moments.
Paper needed picking up, presents needed putting away, potatoes needed peeling and turkeys needed a baste.
Life returned to same old, same old normal.
Except in my mind.
The wonders of possibility are alive and thriving in there.
Or is that up there?
Maybe out there?
Many years have passed since we’ve done the Christmas thing.
No tree, no decorations, no gifts exchanged, no big dinner.
Total relaxation without a schedule.
Yet every Christmas Eve while falling asleep, I think of Santa Claus.
What if …
I still believe.
In the wonder.
They know no age.
This Christmas I wish you
one present left unopened
to remind you,
and inspire you,
to believe in the magic,
and the wonder,
and the possibilities
held in each day
so nothing will ever be truly normal again.
Living Bliss is a jump-in-with-both-feet look at where Life bumps into the everyday – whether at work, play or times in between. Bliss knows no separation in the end. From a deeper dive into the ordinary pops forward the extraordinary life we search for – and has been there waiting for us to be.
Blissed by cats, potatoes and clouds, Lorraine is a “left-brained creative big picture idea” type who never stops questioning or connecting the dots to make real what isn’t yet seen. She uses her knack for combining intuitive abilities and logic to help re-ignite what Lights you up inside and make real “there’s something more”. Lorraine’s deepest wish is for you to be full of yourself in everything you do – a life truly lived in bliss.