Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Hee Haw

I'm signing off here until the other side of the holidays and want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

It's been a whirlwind of a year and although little has ostensibly changed I feel a seismic shift inside of me, things that I haven't overtly blogged about but I suspect you've picked up on here and there.


And I'm looking forward to drawing a line under all of that and starting a new tally, even though I've also talking about embracing continuity as much as starting over. But there's room for both and we can both evolve and start afresh, I suppose, and these things need not be at odds.

But most importantly, I want to thank those of you who have stuck around here. My relationship with my blog and with blogging has changed since the summer and I know those changes have lost me some readers. But, as much as ever, I appreciate every comment and e-mail and word of encouragement that what I do here is worthwhile and meaningful to some of you.


And, as I've done every year now for six years, I've got us all an annual gift of a donkey sponsorship from The Donkey Sanctuary. We've supported Cargo and his friends now for so long, it feels like a lovely tradition each December when the renewal forms arrive. I can't think of a nicer way to thank you all for another year here.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!


Images from The Donkey Sanctuary.

35 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas, Jane! Thank you for your sponsorship of Cargo—he looks like a lovely fellow. I look forward to seeing you here again in the new year!

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  2. Oh yes, I agree that it's possible to evolve and to start afresh, and I hope the new year will afford you many opportunities for both.

    (I've just renewed my sponsorship of Earl Grey at the Donkey Sanctuary!)

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    1. That makes me sooooo happy! Yay for Earl Grey!

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  3. Cargo seems like a fine gent! Thank you for sponsoring him and and his friends.

    Though I have been a crap commenter this year, I read each and every post. I don't always have the words or opinions formed to respond immediately, but I think about your posts for weeks. Your writing has always resonated with me and often lead to discussions at home regarding the craft of writing and blogging (both very important in my household!).

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas and all the best in 2013!

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    1. Awh - thanks Erica. It's nice to think that you're following along!

      Hope you have the loveliest Christmas and a wonderful 2013.

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  4. It does feel like a lot happened this year, both big and small, and kind of all jammed in, too.

    I enjoy your blog a little more every year, Jane.

    Wishing you all the best for 2013!

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    1. Thanks so much Alice... you've been here pretty much since the very beginning and I really value and appreciate that (and you!)

      Merry Christmas!

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  5. Have you ever been able to visit Cargo? Our closest donkey rescue is in New Hampshire, but I'd love to visit the Donkey Sanctuary too someday. I sponser William D at Britain's Donkey Sanctuary.

    Cheers and thanks for supporting Cargo.

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    1. No!! It breaks my heart to say that I've never actually been to the Donkey Sanctuary. It is a manageable drive away, but I don't have a car so getting there is pretty much impossible.

      Some day!!

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    2. My limitation is time, but I hope to get there someday too!

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  6. What you do here is absolutely worthwhile and meaningful.

    And I want to throw my arms around Cargo. :) So sweet.

    Merry Christmas, Jane! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Megan!! Merry Christmas to you too.

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  7. happiness to you jane over the holidays and into the new year. i continue to look forward to reading your blog and to the thoughts and feelings your writing conjures. xo

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    1. Thanks so much Liane. I hope you have a lovely Christmas. 2013 is going to be a good one! xx

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  8. I wish all Christmas posts came with a Donkey! I think this is the nicest way to celebrate. I donated to a few animal and other non-animal institutions I support too, as is my own tradition this time of year.

    What a year this has been. I don't think I need to say how much your friendship has meant to me. I see it strengthening in 2013 - and who knows, maybe some day soon I'll visit you in person (it's on my list).

    Have the loveliest Christmas Jane!!

    xx

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    1. Oh Hila - I feel the same way. It would indeed be lovely to meet in person... perhaps if you end up going to Ireland this year I'll be there at the same time??

      Have a wonderful break. I hope for great things in 2013!

      Jane
      xx

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    1. Thanks Chelsea - Merry Christmas to you too!

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  10. Merry, merry Christmas and a happy 2013!

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    1. Lovely Stephanie - thank you. Since I can't comment on your blog, please know what pleasure it brings every day. I'm so glad you keep doing what you do... you're an inspiration.

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  11. Yay, Cargo! A very Merry Christmas to you, Jane!

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  12. I hope you have a warm and happy Christmas Jane!
    Thank you for your beautiful, generous and wise words.

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    1. Thanks Carly! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too! Can't wait to see what beautiful things you create in 2013. xx

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  13. oh his lovely white nose!
    Thank you for supporting Cargo :)
    Merry Christmas to you too! und einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr ;) see you in 2013

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    1. Thanks Sera - I hope you had a lovely break!

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  14. Happy Christmas Jane

    I appreciate your blog but sadly there is not always time to comment.
    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and abundant blessings in 2013

    The Donkey Sanctuary is a wonderful cause, thank you

    Helen xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Helen. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

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  15. What a perfect gift! Thank you for giving to the sanctuary. I really hope to get there some day to visit those beautiful animals!

    Merry Christmas, Jane! And thank you for your blog.

    -Steph

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    1. Thanks Steph! Merry Christmas to you too.

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  16. Merry Christmas, Jane (and adorable Cargo) Such a beautiful gift!

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  17. Merry post Christmas to you and Happy New Year. I wanted you to know thanks to your blog I am on my 3 rd year of donating to the Donkey Sanctuary. It's become my Christmas tradition. They are such sweet creatures.

    Your blog is wonderful, thanks for sharing yourself with us all.

    Best wishes for 2013

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    1. Oh, that's lovely to hear. Thanks so much and Happy New Year to you too!

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