Free Christmas Calendar for the Kids!

Every year I make these for my kids and every year, I offer it up to the rest of the web. The idea of this is to either put it on your desktop, OR, as I do, print it out and hang it on the wall for your children. I make one for each of my kids and then every night before bed, they get to take a crayon and mark out the days until Christmas.

Now you know as soon as you put up the tree or a child catches wind that this is the month of Santa, they will bug you and bug you…” MOM WHEN IS XMAS???” lol Well this helps you with that. Your children get to figure it out for themselves. lol

 

This is something Free and easy to do. If you do not have children, well save it and email it to a friend that does. Or pass it onto your grandchildren or someone who has grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, whoever.

Christmas is all about memories, and for me this is all about making those memories with my kids. And as you can see by Santa in the calendar, he is having a good laugh at some of his …well…own memories.

 

So if you choose to save this…enjoy!

 

Preview:

The Calendar does not go past the 25th of December because, well, this is all about the kids and getting them to CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!! lol

 

If you would like to have this Calendar, CLICK HERE to get it full size. Don’t worry…the link is taking you to my Photo bucket album. Once you get there, just right click and save as.

Into the Mound

Hands and knees slick with mud, I crawl,

Head first into the dark grave,

Offering myself to stillness and silence.

I turn my back upon the light,

The sweet smell of moist death in soil,

Age old decay and mouldering time,

Taste them in the air. Savour the aroma of history,

Accustomed to the sun, I am sightless,

My fingers guide me, feeling out,

Damp earth beneath me, rock around me.

I inch forwards into the unknown,

The impenetrable darkness swims,

With lights of my own imagining,

Swirling dark dream colours.

Seeing nothing and everything.

The tomb chill creeps into my bones,

I am amongst the memories of those dead,

Standing before a long night corridor,

That leads to otherworlds or oblivion.

Trickling drops of water,

Seeping from the soil above,

Seeking out the deep heart of the world,

Caressing rock, dissolving debris.

Time has collected in pools here,

My life, the flicker of moth wings,

Nothing more: I sense my brevity.

I sit gazing into the beyond,

Above me, the tread of footsteps, distant cries,

Children and the modern trappings,

I hear the passage of slow seasons,

The drift of days through warmth or snow,

The gentle rhythm of lengthening, shortening night,

Life rising and falling like the river’s tide.

I see death, grotesque and beautiful,

The rotting down of past aspirations,

The maggot-ridden corpse that feeds,

The soil that feeds the plants above.

I see the delicate harmony of beginnings and endings.

Lying the grave of ancient peoples,

I hear the slow sweet pulse,

Life, like blood in veins pounds slow and deep,

Drawing me into its patterns.

Turning in the cramped, damp chamber,

I slither through the narrow breach,

Pushing out from the earth belly,

Startled afresh by light,

Overcome by myriad colours,

The vibrant, glorious disorder of the living.

I emerge from amongst the dead.

Reborn, carrying the memory of dark places

In the slow beat of my own pulse.

 

 

Pagan Power

Is global warming real? Or is it a fallacy? I’m no scientist so I can’t go into detail either for or against. However the weather sure has been strange lately. Recently the world has seen changing weather patterns that have caused major problems for the human race. Here in Australia we have had record-breaking heat waves over a continuous unprecedented timeframe. We have had drought, water shortages and huge unheard of dust storms.

Last week we had massively hot temperatures and then a phenomenal electrical storm. Personally, I love electrical storms. The pagan in me is in awe of the awesome power such a storm wields. The magic of it, the intensity, it really gives you pause. The storm also caused a blackout and we had no power for about 14 hours. Its not really a long time, not in the scheme of things. But it did get me thinking.

In todays age we take electricity for granted and the huge number of things in our world that run off electricity. I loved the quietness of the blackout. A candlelit bath, reading a good book by candle light all through the night. I felt like I got back to nature that night.

What I didn’t like was the little conveniences such as making myself a hot cuppa, the fridge working, checking my emails. The world runs on electricity. Just imagine what would happen if major electrical grids went out for an extended period of time. You couldn’t fill up your car with petrol, banking systems would be down, ATMs, Internet, communication lines. It would be catastrophic.

We did once live without electricity, it would have been a simpler time, but I can’t say it would have been better for us socially or economically. But would it have been better for the earth? To make electricity fossil fuels are still the main contender in what is a huge debate over where our electricity for the future will come from. We all know what fossil fuel does to the land and our Mother Earth. We also have a pretty good idea what the alternatives such as nuclear power does to the world.

So we are in a conundrum, we need electricity, but how do we fuel it without ruining the world? It is the question the world is pondering as we head toward an unknown future. Here in Australia there is much debate over carbon emissions schemes and what we can do individually to lesson our carbon foot print. Some say that we are such a relatively small country that any scheme we endorse will be insignificant and cost us too much money. But if everyone makes a small contribution then surely it must add up. And what will the cost be to us if we dont start taking this seriously.

There are some that question the existence of global warming, and yes it is good to have a debate. But what is the cost if they are wrong? Surely it is better to consider differing possibilities to our energy crisis. Yes environmentally friendly gestures such as solar power, wind power ect are a step in the right direction. I dont know the answers, but I do know that I now dont take electricity for granted.

I also know that as pagans, spiritual people and people who care about the environment, this is a topic close to our hearts. Nature surely has a spirit and you can reconnect with it by turning off the electrical appliances that tend to bombard our daily lives. Turn off the computer, tv, games, even the lights. Light a candle and go out into the fresh air and breathe it in. Reconnect with nature and say thank you, for ultimately it is nature that gives us the electricity. But nature also gives us power simply by accepting it into our hearts and re-energize ourselves. And nature and the weather is changing, so lets give back to nature and harness that pagan power 🙂

Cheers

Connie

New 5 Star Review for Bound by Blood: The Awakening

Today Jesse Fox emailed me saying, “Have you seen this yet?” Nope, I haven’t. Having a crazy day already, I clicked the link, crossed my toes, shut my eyes, and held my breath. Good or bad, this was a surprise. As for how I feel…just can’t find the words. I just know that it made my century. So thanks Jesse for giving me a shout and to Amy for a well thought out review!

 

 

C.H Scarlett has portrayed an impeccably flawless and exceptionally intricate work of fiction. The plot, characterizations and world building is brilliantly prepared and thought-out. While reading this story, BOUND by BLOOD, I experienced the intense, overpowering, passion hidden within its pages and even sensing the author’s zealous desire for her talent of writing. The penetrating attractions between the characters were overwhelmingly heartfelt. I will be looking forward to reading further books by C.H. Scarlett and will positively be recommending this story to any reader  who is interested in Paranormal, Fantasy and Erotic Fiction genres.

5 Stars

 

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