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Our Christmas Morning Tradition + What Makes a Fire Burn? + A Very Nervous Patient

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island

Time to cuppa? 

Get out the finest; you deserve to treat yourself to one simple pleasure today, every day. 

Crazy to think it is just five more sleeps…

And Christmas morning tradition begins. One of ours is preparing an extra special breakfast and serving it on our wedding pattern, Barrymore by Noritake, which we started collecting in 1986. We light a beeswax candle, give thanks and enjoy the meal together. We are fortunate to have one daughter home with us and missing our eldest. 

Do you or your family have a Christmas morning tradition? 

While we prepare for downtime from Christmas to New Years’ and thinking about 2021, this poem, by Judy Brown speaks to me. 

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely as a pail of water would.
So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.
When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.

It can be a challenging time of year for many people and I can empathize. Fortunately, the persistent love given by my wife turned my hard time of year into  a joyous one. 

Love is the great miracle cure. -Louise Hay

I have also come to believe in the reason for the season and celebrate the love that was sent and offered to all.

Faith is to believe what you do not see;
the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
-Saint Augustine

If none of this resonates with you, you cannot argue with kindness and the joy that comes from helping those in need.  

"Compassion is the ability to see the deep connectedness between ourselves and others.
Moreover, true compassion recognizes that all the boundaries we perceive between ourselves and others are an illusion.
When we first begin to practice compassion, this very deep level of understanding may elude us,
but we can have faith that if we start where we are, we will eventually feel our way toward it.
We move closer to it every time we see past our own self-concern to accommodate concern for others.
And, as with any skill, our compassion grows most in the presence of difficulty." ~ Albert Nolan

I leave you with hope for a world at peace. 

Koolulam is a social-musical initiative, meant to bring together people from any and all walks of life. 3,000 people of all religions coming together in Haifa to sing: One Day.

Sometimes I lay under the moon
And thank God I'm breathin'
Then I pray, "Don't take me soon
'Cause I am here for a reason."
Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it'll all turn around because
All my life I've been waitin' for
I've been prayin' for
For the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
There'll be no more war
And our children will play
One day, one day, one day, oh
One day, one day, one day, oh
It's not about win or lose, 'cause we all lose
When they feed on the souls of the innocent
Blood-drenched pavement
Keep on movin' though the waters stay ragin'
In this maze
You can lose your way, your way
It might drive you crazy but
Don't let it faze you, no way, no way!
Sometimes in my

This morning, I listened to the peaceful sound of Winnow by Simeon Walker

But before I go, a big THANK YOU to all of you who supported us this year through the services we provide. A big THANK YOU to our staff who worked extremely hard to serve others in a safe and responsible manner. A BIG thank you to our mail order team, who were inundated with over three times our normal volume this season and did a great job of keeping our standards for speed and correctness to the best we have ever done. Thousands of orders and only a few booboos. It was amazing. 

Sending much love from Prince Edward Island today. 

Take care and stay safe. 

I hope you have a nice weekend and find moments of solitude and peace. 

Merry Christmas, 

Bruce, Millie and Bobbi

ps. Your Morning Smile

Working in an ophthalmology practice that specializes in LASIK surgery, I am expected to comfort nervous patients. But prior to one operation, the patient was so nervous she was actually shaking.

Nothing I said to her would comfort her so after the doctor finished on the first eye and before he began on the second I wanted her to know the surgery was going well.

"There," I said, patting her hand reassuringly, "now you only have one eye left."

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Kay Duren - December 20, 2020

Thank you for your weekly celebration of life. I am a sponsor of a Galapagos tortoise who is part of the rescue/restoration of this endangered species. Yesterday I was privileged to hold his 2 year old self and felt that I was holding the future in my hands. Thank you for listening. Our natural world needs so much attention.

Irene & Tom O'Leary - December 20, 2020

Thank you for the Blog Bruce. Look forward to it. Thank your shipping dept. for the gift boxes for our families. They were thrilled, thought that was a wonderful idea. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Jack & Lillian Paul - December 19, 2020

Thank you for your Blog Bruce. Reading that little bit of PEI each week is a blessing.
From our home to yours ….“Merry Christmas and a Happy healthy New Year.”

Philip S Britton - December 19, 2020

The Blogs have been a comfort, a reminder of peace, your ability to put the thoughts, quotes and music of so many different sources into a common theme is truly a gift.

Wendell Hennan - December 19, 2020

Wishing you and your family and Millie and Bobbi a peaceful and joyous Christmas and all good things in MMXXI.

Because your blog is weekly I am guilty of forgetting about it, but if you could see the smile on my face Saturday mornings when I see your email and know that there will be interesting reading, warm thoughts and much wisdom in store.

Warm regards and I home for little more than to be able to travel to PEI again next year and visit my favourite spots.


Sharon Kalich - December 19, 2020

Hello Bobbi, my cat Zeus sends you greetings. Merry Christmas to you Bruce and family, hope it is a cozy serene one. Here is a wish that the New Year is filled with hope and ability to hug our loved ones and friends once again.

Caroline B Stogrin - December 19, 2020

A huge thank you again for making Christmas in Texas special for our son. It is so special to send a gift from you to him as a reminder of Canada. He loves getting your gift box and usually can’t wait til Christmas morning to open and taste the goodies.
Can’t say enough about your wonderful staff who are so polite, patient and efficient! Merry Christmas to all of you!!

Linda Lowther - December 19, 2020

Loved this blog but then I love all your blogs. The video of One day brought tears. I will be in to pick up my pie on Wednesday and hope to see you in person but just in case, a very Merry Christmas to you, Shirley, Millie and Bobbi and your wonderful staff! Virtual arms around you!

althea - December 19, 2020

Bruce: Thank you. Gracias. Merci. Xie Xie. Arigato. Peace. Shalom. (These words came accompanied with tears of gratitude while listening, watching One Day.)

Debbie Atkinson - December 19, 2020

Loved your comments and quotes Bruce. Your business is nothing short of awesome and we are so glad to have you right here on PEI. Much love and best wishes to you, Shirley and the girls.

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