Home for the Holidays
From My Mama’s Kitchen – “Home for the Holidays”
A Celebration of the Heart with a Gift from the Soul!
Some of us already realized this and others will for the
first time experience it as well; that is, the kitchen will be the most
important room in the house in the coming weeks.
Regardless of whether it is a modern day designer’s kitchen
or just one of the so called “timeless” efficiency kitchen, it is its time to
claim center stage, as it will serve as the hub for the transformational loving
energy that will bind families and friends alike during this holiday season.
Known as the heart and soul of any home, the kitchen is the
place that will serve as a wonderful backdrop where you will always find
abundance of joy and laughter of family and friends reminiscing and sharing
meaningful communication from knowledge gained to lessons learned.
As you already know, you do not have to know how to cook to
be drawn into the kitchen as your five senses will eventually draw you straight
towards it once the mouth watering aromas starts to fill the air.
My late Southern Belle mom Eleanora, once eloquently
described to me that being in the kitchen is like being a mother; it is about
creating something special. It requires patience, a happy attitude, and a touch
of love. It is the perfect blending of all these ingredients that ultimately
produces a signature dish.
Since we now live in a global village and with the lifestyle
to match, where families can only get together during special occasions, the
holiday seasons have become more meaningful than ever. Although there are many
of us who are fortunate to have a family to spend the holidays with, there are
those of us who are less fortunate due to various reasons. We are the ones that
over the years are able to find home from within our own hearts. Then, there
are among us who are fortunate to have the opportunity to experience the family
holiday spirit thanks to the generosities of our friends.
Whatever the situation may be for you, if we can all take a
moment to be mindful perhaps we can truly experience the true holiday spirit as
it is meant to be experienced.
For Mothers – they cannot wait to have the family back home
together to break bread with.
For Children – believe it or not, you mom will always be
more excited to see you than you are of seeing her.
For Singletons – for those who are fortunate to have the
generosity of a friend’s invitation to be with their family, be very thankful
for the love you are receiving.
For those who will be by yourself, always remember that you
are never alone. Home is where the heart is, and be very thankful that you have
made it this far and happiness and glee is always generated and experienced
For the Families who will be celebrating this holiday season
together with their loved ones – I would like to share with you what my Cajun
mom Ginger, told me a long time ago – “The natural life can always be funny and
humorous. The most ordinary events usually end up being the sweetest memories.
Being present during the small moments will always make us appreciate the
happiness when it happens.”
For the Families and Individuals who have graciously opened
your hearts and homes and to those who are contemplating on doing so – I would
like to share with you what my German mom Dianne, told me a few years back –
“Every once in a while a situation may occur that requires us to radiate our
energy of positive goodwill, compassion, and love for others. Until we try to
put ourselves beyond our comfort zone, we will not realize we have what it
takes to make a difference in that person’s life and in ours.”
For those of us who will be spending this holiday season by
ourselves – I would like to share with you what my Malaysian mom Nyah, told me
just before I left home to come to the United States – “Since childhood you
have been and will continue to be exposed to all kind of experiences. Some
experiences, good or bad, will stay with you for the rest of your life.
However, it is how you manage them that will ultimately determine your idea of
success and happiness, or failure and sadness in your life. Always remember you
are never alone, and although food may fill your tummy and the camaraderie of
friends gives you a sense of belonging, it is the loving energy you generate
from within you that will nourish your mind, body, and soul. This spiritual
grounding is what will ultimately touch the heart and move the soul of
Finally, here is my wish to everyone during this holiday
Health – makes all things possible.
Wealth – makes all things work.
Love – makes all things beautiful.
May You Have
Author of From My Mama’s KitchenTM
“food for the soul, recipes for living”
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