Christmas Angels: You Can Be One

No Debates Here

christmas angelsEvery year the same debate rages on! What is the true meaning of Christmas? Do you know the reason for the season? Is it a pagan festival or was Jesus really born at this time? On and on and on it goes. Personally, I have learned to tune it out and will not engage. My only concern during this, the most wonderful time of the year, are the Christmas Angels that come out to play, bless and rejoice all that is merry and bright.

Whether you are a believer of the birth of Jesus as the reason for the season or you have some other understanding, it matters not to me. What matters most is what I see playing out in my second home, Canada, coincidentally at this time – Christmas Angels welcoming those who literally could find no place for their heads. We call them refugees but in the spirit of the season, I prefer to refer to them as “transitioning” from their places of birth to the place that will give them true rest.

Christmas Angels of The Week

This is not a political blog nor am I going to discuss the merits of welcoming the Syrian people transitioning to Canada and other countries that are being Christmas Angels. Actually, on a Friday as regular readers know this post is a roundup of the week’s most visited articles. Looking at the statistics earlier, I decided to highlight only two from the past seven days. At the beginning of December, we started this festive month with a promise to focus on posts with a Christmas theme. As such, this week’s roundup will feature only the top posts that did just that.

chrismtas angelsThere is always an angle here and the one connecting our top posts this week is Christmas Angels – meeting them and being one. This must have been uppermost in my mind as I went on an early morning mission yesterday. I shared the encounter on my Facebook page. I had my second eye surgery on Tuesday but on Thursday I had to attend an early morning appointment – something related to some changes coming up in my life. As is almost always the case with me, my experiences often mimic “art” – the things that we write about here. This is what happened:

Had to go on an early morning mission and my driving skills were tested as my eyes adjust!!!  On my way back at around 5:15 a.m., I saw a young man walking along the dark road clearly quite cold. It’s -4°C out there. Funny thing is when I stopped and offered him a ride, he looked at me, my dark tinted SUV as if trying to see if I’m a serial killer! I smiled when he said, “OK, thanks,” and hopped in. We ended up having a nice conversation about his challenges as a fairly new migrant to Canada, his relocation to Edmonton, his job hunt, etc. I recently wrote about angels helping me when I was new and alone in Toronto. Hope this young man knows that The Universe will always send someone along.

Only days before, on December 7, I wrote the post “Angels Among Us: Have You Met One?”, which was the second most visited post of the week. In it, I told the story of how I met an angel in a parking lot a few years ago. Now here it was, The Universe was giving me another opportunity to be one of its Christmas Angels for a newcomer to my hometown, Edmonton, Alberta.

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The Angel who stole my heart

You might wonder why I am calling this city my hometown when my country of birth is Jamaica. Well, like the Syrians who are transitioning across Canada at this time, this city was where we first settled when we arrived almost 14 years ago.   Heard and read an interesting comment one woman welcoming the first group of Syrians arriving to Canada made and tears came to my eyes. She said, and I paraphrase, “We here believe that your hearts are big enough to hold both Syria and Canada in it.” Home for me is where the heart is and there are no two people more dear to me than my daughter and granddaughter and they live here in Edmonton.

The most visited post of the past week, “Dear Santa: My 3 Christmas Wishes,” written by Contributor Alexis Ali, also spoke about what is in her heart at this time of the year. Along with a material item that she  hopes Santa will give her, via her aunt, Alexis’ heart is holding a special wish for Christmas this year and the one to come. Check out that post and do leave a comment as to what is in your heart for this Christmas.

How To Be An Angel This Christmas

Being one or entertaining Christmas Angels this year is fairly easy. It requires at least these two things:

  1. Remaining open and welcoming to every one you meet, no matter whether they hold the same beliefs about “the reason for the season,” as you do.
  2. Be willing to give whatever you have and from the heart and not trying to impress with grand gestures that you will later regret or expect some sort of repayment.
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What other ideas do you have to support newcomers to your city, neighbourhood, or even visitors to your blog this Christmas? I mention the latter because as someone who visits many blogs in any given day, some are so unwelcoming of those who do not share their views or values it is astounding.

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Be a Light

Our aim this year is to be true Christmas Angels and meet everyone where they are. In my books, Christmas is way more about fostering that spirit of welcome, helping others to give birth to their best selves, giving and sharing. Always looking beyond the printed, in search of the meaning behind the obvious, those ideals to me are what I see in the story of a family leaving in the night, estranged from their birth places, making home in a manager and then sharing the best of themselves with the world.

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Enjoy the rest of the day and weekend! Looking forward to connecting with you here or on my Facebook page. You can also follow me on Twitter where I share content that is not posted here.

Namaste

Claudette P. Esterine
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  4. I enjoyed the roundup. We try to be a blessing where we can and enjoy donating beanie caps to the local children’s hospital. We are never able to do what we would like to do, but we never do nothing.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is absolutely awesome – as we each can do something, anything. 🙂

  5. Very nice post on Christmas angel…

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  7. Thank you for the round up. I really like the idea of being a Christmas Angel. I hope that I can be one, and teach my children, as well.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Shann for being a frequent visitor! 🙂

  8. The Christmas Angel post is a very intriguing concept. However, angels are real. And as much as I appreciate them, I wouldn’t want to be one – just like I wouldn’t want to be a panther..even though I appreciate them too. LOL! I am just me, but I do have opportunities to love and welcome people every day. I don’t want to welcome ALL things, per say. I do think it’s important to discern between good and bad. And real ambassadors of Light help us discern the difference. Love and peace to you, Claudette!

    1. Ms Claudette

      We each have our perspective on Life. Your choice are yours as well as the labels you choose to ascribe to your experiences. Words such as “real” as subjective because what is real for you might be “bad” to me – perspective. I for one believe that we are ALL children of The Universe or Light or God or Source or Allah or…. the labels go one. Peace and love to you as well. 🙂

  9. I always try to be kind to the people I meet. I want to be an angel not just for Christmas, but all throughout the year.

    1. Ms Claudette

      All it takes is a smile to a stranger – all throughout the year! So go for it. 🙂

  10. With your daughter and granddaughter in Canada, I can truly see why your heart feels as if it’s home.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is! 🙂

  11. katrina g

    I love the Christmas angle one.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad that you enjoyed! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  12. Angela Milnes

    What a lovely post and thanks for the reminder of the meaning of the seasons. I’d like to be a Christmas Angel

    1. Ms Claudette

      Go for Angela! Thanks for your visit with us! 🙂

  13. I enjoyed reading this so much, as I have always been a believer in Angels. My mom has many stories like this, thank you for sharing!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and listen to your Mom! LOL Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  14. I absolutely love this post and want to be a Christmas Angel!!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and go for it! 🙂

  15. I need a Christmas angel, it is never a happy time of year for me but I am hoping that this year will be different.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It was not for me as well for a while – there are still moments of sadness still. However, what I have learned is what Gandhi said so eloquently: “Be what you want to see in the world.” Namaste 🙂

  16. I absolutely love this post 🙂 so positive and looking at the true meaning of Christmas x

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! Wishing you all the best for the season! 🙂

  17. Great reminder. I want to be a Christmas Angel, spread the love and happiness

    1. Ms Claudette

      There is enough for us all so spread it far and wide my dear! 🙂

  18. victoria

    Such a great post. Its nice to be an angel for everyday 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! And you are angel for visiting with us so frequently! 🙂

  19. Elizabeth O.

    I love this. It’s nice to be a Christmas Angel, it’s the season of giving after all. Being kind should be a given, always.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It could be but sadly it isn’t. what is worse some do not even realise that they are being unkind. Thanks for dropping by again Elizabeth! 🙂

  20. Amen…I believe too much time is spent debating what is or is not the right way to approach the season. In the meantime while all this nonsense chatting is taking place people are wondering where they will lay their heads or if they will even have a head to lay somewhere. So I say to us all shut up with the semantics and pay attention to those who are in need.

  21. I love being a Christmas angel. Our church has a giving tree.

  22. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    You had some great posts this week. I loved the one about being an angel to someone in need.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you very much Robin! 🙂

  23. Christmas angels are needed by a lot of hurting people. it really is a great time of year to open your arms and your hearts those who need the love & support. my state has just approved for refugees to come here

    1. Ms Claudette

      I could not agree more and I congratulate your State for helping out those in this particular time of need. NAmaste

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