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Elf donuts! Actually these are Cheerios to leave with Santa’s cookies! This is the cutest thing ever! I put this on my Facebook page last year and everyone just loves this idea and I wanted to share it with you. Just put a few drops of frosting then add sprinkles, confectionery or brown sugar. You can make a little box from a matchbox, small jewelry box, or cut up a cardboard box, tape it, and decorate with Christmas wrap. This is great to make with your children and grandchildren. I found this cute idea on Pinterest . Enjoy the holidays my friends,

Holiday blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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Wow, it’s hard to fathom Jim Morrison at 74 years of age.  He was born December 08, 1943.  There are some people that come in to this world who are not meant to be here for long periods of time and Jim Morrison was one of them.  He was an old soul and knew this at a young age when most children are still playing games.

Whatever Jim did he gave it 100 percent of himself.  He never compromised who he was for anyone, despite the enormous pressure on him once he became famous. He was a true free spirit, who lived his life the way that he wanted to.

Some of you may know the music of The Doors and not be aware of the many volumes of poetry that Jim Morrison wrote.  He really wanted to be a filmmaker and he was making a movie called HWY that…

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Seasonal Movies with a Spiritual Message

Once again the world is filled with the merriment and joyful tidings of the holiday season. Gatherings are planned with family members and friends, children are queuing for Santa, and old carols ring out from the radio.

But even as they fill us with us with cheer, the holidays also demand a lot from our spirits. Prolonged anticipation and excitement take a toll, leading to more stress than some of us can handle. Feelings of grief, depression, anxiety, and insomnia are additional unwelcome guests at the party.

Luckily, there are a host of holiday films that help us remember what this season is all about – being thankful for what we have and what others do for us each and every day. For something to brighten your mood in the midst of all the celebrations, take a look at this list and find peace in Hollywood’s take on the holidays.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

A Christmas classic since its inception, this film tells of the life of George Bailey a character who has spent his life in service to his family and his fellow citizens of Bedford Falls, New York. He was known for always helping others at what he feels is the expense of his own life and dreams. When a financial crisis looms, George hits the bottom of his despair and considers suicide, reasoning that all who know him would be better off if he were dead or had never existed at all. The spiritual message comes in the form of a bumbling angel sent down to help George see how much he has enriched the lives of those around him, in turn enriching his own life.

The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

This film is one of the best of the Christmas Classics. The Bishop’s Wife tells a story of an angel (Cary Grant) who comes down to earth in answer to a busy Bishop’s (David Niven) prayer. The angel helps the Bishop learn to adjust his priorities and comes close to falling in love with Julia, the Bishop’s wife (Loretta Young). The movie includes a lovely Skating/ Dance. Cary Grant always made everything look easy, but just how much work went into that illusion is exemplified by this film. Before shooting began, Grant could not ice skate, play the harp, or speak any French. By the time “The Bishop’s Wife” was finished shooting, he could do all three. It was truly an accomplishment of heavenly proportions. The film itself was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture, and received another nomination for Best Director. Make this movie a tradition for your family this year.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Six year old Susan has doubts childhood’s most enduring miracle Santa Clause. Her mother told her the “secret” about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn’t expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department stare Santa who’s convinced he’s the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all – something to believe in. Delightful Christmas fantasy of a charming old man who believes he is Santa Claus, and the wonderful change he brings to the people around him. This perennial holiday classic is on many short-lists of the all time great Christmas movies. The film just oozes with warm-hearted humor. Very young Natalie Wood sparkles as Susan, who learns to stop being so grown up, and enjoy childhood, with all its wide-eyed wonder. Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, and lives the role. He totally connects with the kiddies who visit “Santa” at Macy’s department store.

Scrooged (1988)

A modern take on A Christmas Carol, Bill Murray takes the lead as television executive producer Frank Cross. A cynical modern-day version of Scrooge himself, Frank insists on having his staff work long hours on Christmas Eve to put on a live production of the Dickens classic as a ratings boost and fires an employee on the spot for questioning this decision. Alfre Woodard plays the overworked assistant/modern Bob Cratchit and Frank’s love interest is portrayed by Karen Allen. With Murray’s unique brand of comedic delivery, this modern twist nonetheless manages to portray the goodwill toward all men and Christmas spirit infusion of the original tale.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

The third in the series of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation stars the Griswold family headed by patriarch Clark, played by Chevy Chase, and wife Ellen, played by Beverly D’Angelo. Christmas Vacation tells of the misadventures of the Griswalds in their own home. Clark is determined to have an “old-fashioned family Christmas” but quickly realizes the challenge this presents within such a dysfunctional family group. While exaggerating almost everything about the holidays in his attempt to achieve his goal, Clark eventually comes to realize the true spiritual meaning of Christmas and embraces the family differences and flaws.

Home Alone (1990)

Another strong message of family ties and acceptance, Home Alone tells the story of eight-year-old Kevin who is accidentally left behind when his extended family goes away for their Christmas vacation. While Kevin initially sees his family as a burden and is overjoyed to be free of them, by the end of the film, he has come to realize what his family truly means to him. Ultimately, we see, through Kevin, that having family and friends around during the holidays is much more important and spiritually satisfying than any number of gifts under the tree.

Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell portrays Buddy, a human raised as an elf at the North Pole. While having the childlike mindset of an elf, Buddy is easily twice the size of all the other elves and thus always seems a bit out of place. Unfortunately, travelling to New York City to find his birth father, played by James Caan, doesn’t result in his fitting in either, as his elf enthusiasm and wonder at all around him wreaks havoc with his straight-laced father’s lifestyle. However, by the end of this classic and well- loved film priorities are reevaluated and the characters at both the North Pole and in New York City realize that our differences should be celebrated, not condemned.

While by no means all-inclusive of all the feel-good movies available during the holidays, these films are each a good place to start. Whatever your viewing pleasure, may the holidays bring you the spiritual peace and happiness you deserve.

Wishing you peace, love, happiness, and serenity this Christmas season.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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The last full moon of the year occurs on December 03, 2017 and is in the sign of Gemini. In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the Moons, December’s Full Moon was known as the Full Cold Moon. It is fittingly associated with the month when winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.  Another name for this full Moon is Long Night Moon which is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. Other names for The December Full Moon are Oak Moon, Winter Moon, and Wolf Moon. This is the time of the Dark Lord, with the Oak being his symbol. It is the time of rebirth.

Can you feel the tension, truth and emotions rise? This is the last full moon of the year and often gives way to a lot of emotions we have hidden! Not to worry!  Let the light into your heart and you will find your own truth. Find the spark of joy that is within you.

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Remembering President John Kennedy 50 Years Later. By Cherokee Billie. Click picture to read article
For those of us who were alive in 1963 we can never forget Friday November 22, 1963. President Kennedy was greatly loved by so many and it was unbelievable that he could be cut down so quickly.

I was twelve years old and in junior high school when the announcement came over the intercom stating that the President had been shot. Everyone in the class got very quiet. Not much was said. An hour later the announcement came that the President was dead. It was difficult to believe because he was such a likable man. The teachers started crying and yet we stayed in school. Back then in Los Angeles California they didn’t send us home, even when it was a major tragedy. That afternoon when my mother picked me up at school I asked her if she had heard about the president being dead, of course she had.

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The holidays can be a joyous time for so many.  Those that suffer from chronic illness can find the holidays overwhelming.  Every day is a struggle just to survive and then the pressure of everything surrounding the holidays starting from Thanksgiving till New Year’s can cause an already depressed chronically ill person to be devastated.  They know they can’t keep up and do everything that they would like to with their families and friends.  It’s not that a chronic ill person is antisocial; they just don’t have the energy to do day to day things and the holiday’s puts enormous pressure on the person who can barely make it through each day. 

Here is A Survival List for Those Who Suffer from Chronic Illness.

  • Learn and discipline yourself to pace yourself. You do not have to keep up with every activity that is going on.  Do things at your own pace.  If you can’t do something tell yourself that it’s okay and let it go.
  • Plan ahead. Write out a list of events coming up and carefully analyze what is a priority and what is not.  From there you can decide what you want to do the most.  Do not be persuaded by others that you have to do something.  Think for yourself and know that again whatever decision you make is right for you.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help. If you would like to cook something special, but do not have the energy to do so ask a friend or family member to help you prepare your special dish.  If you have trouble walking do not hesitate to ask someone to help move you with a wheelchair.  There’s nothing wrong with being in a wheelchair.  If sitting up for long periods of time tires you do not be afraid to ask if you can lie down and rest for a while.  Whatever you need ask for help.
  • Be realistic. Know your limitations.  Do not attempt to do something that is beyond your physical capabilities.  Many people who are chronically ill have trouble with this concept.  They want to still be able to do the things they used to.  You don’t have to.  Look at your life realistically.
  • Get enough sleep or rest. The winter months can be hard on a chronically ill person to begin with and you need to make sure you get adequate sleep or rest.  Remember you do not have to make excuses or apologize to anyone for your loss of energy.  Always be yourself and people will either accept it or they will reject it, but what they think is really none of your business.  You live what is right for you.
  • Eat real food. Processed and foods filled with chemicals are not good for an already chronically ill body.  It’s tempting to eat lots of the holiday goodies, and it’s okay to have some, but keep it to a small amount.  You need all the strength you can get and do your best to eat whole healthy foods.  Protein foods increase your energy.  Remember carbohydrates bring down the energy. 
  • Shop online! One of the best inventions in the world has been the Internet for shopping.  Amazon Prime can be a godsend for those who are chronically ill.  You can have packages sent direct to your loved ones and be wrapped with a note from you.  Think of all the energy you save by doing this.  Also it saves on car usage and gasoline.  If you want you can have your purchases sent to you and have the fun of wrapping and decorating the packages how you would like to.  This is one of the fun projects you can do that gives you enjoyment and you can do it at your own pace!
  • Do not feel guilty! Because you cannot do all the things you want to and you may not be able to attend an event that is important to a family member or friend, do not let it get you down.  Do not feel guilty.  You have a chronic illness and you are doing the very best that you can.  Say out loud every day “I Am Doing the Best I Can” and eventually you will start believing it and not feel guilty when you have to say no.
  • Stretch your muscles. You may not be able to exercise, but you can stretch your muscles and that will help keep them limber.  Before you get out of bed each morning take time to stretch all of your muscles.  This is going to help you move better than normal.  If it’s possible do some light walking, but if you cannot stretching your muscles is going to improve your circulation.  Also it’s very important that every morning you do 5 minutes of deep breathing exercises.  Deep breathing increases the oxygen in the body and the brain and will help you to feel better.  It can reduce depression.  So remember breathe!
  • Learn to say NO! There is nothing wrong with saying no I cannot do this or that.  People may not understand, but that is their problem.  You have to realize what’s important for you and do not feel obligated to do something when you know that you cannot.  Doing this is going to empower you in your chronic illness and believe it or not people will start to respect the fact that you cannot do something.  No is a powerful word.  Use that power.
  • Listen To Music! Music speaks to the soul and can help you feel peaceful and relaxed.  Choose whatever music makes you feel good.  It can be Christmas music, classical music, or rock and roll.  Let the music take you to different places!  This is a great way to relax and enjoy the season.

I know that these tips will help you get through the holidays better than ever before.  The reason I know is I live with chronic illness and I’ve had to learn to do these things throughout my journey in life.

I wish you the very best holiday ever!

If you need encouragement and help contact me and I will give you guidance that will give you the tools you need to move forward during the holiday season.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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As the temperature is changing we tend to stay indoors more than normal.  It can be a good time to reconnect with your loved ones.  For some this can be a blessing and for others it can be a curse.  A lot has to do with the energies in your home and around people.  Read the Full Article on My Website!  Click Here To Read

May your holidays be blessed,
Cherokee Billie

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