My Beautiful Christmas Angel

Robin has been laid to rest.  It was a life that ended much too soon – but was a splendid journey, with scuba diving in Cozumel ( I dove with her in Victoria), sky diving, a safari in Africa, getting her teaching degree and much more. -And she still had time to make me a lovely little  beaded  dream bauble which  was one of the first photos I took with my new macro lens.

Thank you Robin for sharing your beautiful journey with us.

It’s winter and I think of  the tranquility of snow “falling softly and faintly through the universe … upon all the living and the dead” as James Joyce wrote.  I hope it snows again soon.

I decided to put up my Christmas decorations in the old Catholic family tradition.  I’ve had this angel for 20 years, an exquisite porcelain, and paper creation that I reverently place on the mantel every Yuletide. Christmas was always magical for me – and now both joyful and sad at the same time. Memories comfort us and those that have journeyed on are missed. I have to remind myself that life is about loss.  We cannot hold on to water flowing through our fingers.

When I look at the festive lights,  though I’m a Buddhist philosophically, I still think of the Christ child as a symbol of  hope and light and I remember one of the beatitudes- “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

Christmas Pachelbel

Angelus Dolorosa

Here is a  photo of one my hand bordered cards that I sell in a store downtown. It’s the best seller for this month – one I did ages ago, prior to WordPress and photoshop. Victoria is very airy fairy, wiccan new age, so go figure! I have an animated version of it also, where he stamps the ground and it snows. I snapped this unicorn on the path by my house one snowy winter night.

May your season be magical!

and since I’m downtown, it’s tradition to have a cup of Murchie’s “quality teas since 1894” – and their cakes and pastries are divine.

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The Bay Center Gallery
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Tea at Murchies fine teas and cakes

and again dear blogging community thank you all for your kind comments, compassion and sympathy!

Peace to all.

 

39 Comments Add yours

  1. Angeline M says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Cybele. You have somehow made me feel comforted with your words. Christmas blessings to you. You are in my thoughts.

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    1. I appreciate your kindness Angeline. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment!!

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  2. Robyn G says:

    A beautiful post – thankyou for sharing with us.
    I enjoyed seeing your beautiful angel and some of your downtown and traditions.
    Blessings to you this season Cybele xx

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    1. thanks so much Robyn. I’m so glad you liked it! – and forgive me for not participating in your challenge this month. I will next time!

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      1. Robyn G says:

        Truly no apologies necessary anytime.
        We play when we can. Take care xx

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    2. blessings to you and yours too Robyn!

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      1. Robyn G says:

        Thank you ❤

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  3. Roy McCarthy says:

    Well that almost makes me feel Christmassy Cybele, and that would be a great achievement!

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    1. thank you Roy!! I must get over and get your book for Christmas!!

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  4. Peter Nena says:

    Beautiful Christmas angel, indeed! Wonderful soul you are, Cybele. Have a great week!

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    1. Love and blessings to you too Peter!! thank you!

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  5. Hi Cybele,
    Thanks for sharing your posts…Wishing you a day of soft curves and wonder…
    Phil

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    1. thanks so much Phil!!!

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  6. Aquileana says:

    Such a beautifully penned post, dear Cybele… James Joyce’s quote gave me shivers and so did your words. Thank you very much for sharing.
    Sending you all my best wishes!. Aquileana 😀

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    1. I do love Joyce and especially that piece from ” The Dubliners” series. Thank you for a lovely comment!

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  7. robert87004 says:

    Hannah, I have my thoughts but little enough to say. It is a time of joy and sadness, as I well know. Sometimes, memories are a cold comfort. I appreciate your positive attitude, stay with that! 🙂

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    1. thanks so much for you kind thoughts Robert!

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  8. Maria F. says:

    Cybele, thanks so much for sharing these images of your artwork. I like what you said:
    “We cannot hold on to water flowing through our fingers.” It’s like an illusion we live in, and the passing of time makes sure we learn it so.

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    1. Thank you Maria. It’s so true.

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  9. Mélanie says:

    lots of love and heartfelt hugs, Belle-Lune… ❤

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    1. thank you Melanie!

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  10. lauramacky says:

    So beautiful. All of it. I’m sure Robin is smiling down on you right now.

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    1. I think so too! Thank you Laura!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        😀 You’re welcome! 😀

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  11. Such eloquence and moving words highlighted with gorgeous images! xx

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    1. thank you Circ!! Many blessings you way.

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  12. A star that burnt bright and fast! She’ll always be with you Cybele x

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah!! it’s true!

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  13. I’m not surprised your card is a best seller, Cybele. I’d definitely buy it if they sold it in a store near where I live. That angel is lovely, too. Keep hold of that hope and light, and the magic of Christmas x

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    1. Thank you Sarah!! It feels peaceful here!

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  14. Amy says:

    Beautiful, Cybele! Love the angel. The decorations are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Amy!! Blessings!

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  15. A lovely post, Cybele. Your angel is beautiful as is your magical card! Blessings to you during this holiday season.

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    1. Thank you Linda! Hope you are enjoying the season so far!

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  16. sixpixx says:

    Consorting with unicorns under the influence of alcohol? Lovely post.

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    1. A little coffee with Bailey’s does the trick!

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  17. suzjones says:

    Your Christmas traditions sound wonderful. Your angel is gorgeous. The display at the shopping centre is divine.
    I send you blessings Cybele.

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    1. thanks so much Suz for the blessings and for stopping by!

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