Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Ahhh, finally….on the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me……

Dare we put all my “days” together? They will definitely not sound anything like the song, nor as pretty, but hopefully meaningful……and now that I know the twelve days of Christmas actually START on Christmas Day, I’ll have to….oh no, don’t even think about that……..guess I should have done my research BEFORE starting this little project!

I’ll stick with twelve drummers drumming because I can relate to that. Whether it be a high school marching band like my friend Lisa’s daughter – highly competitive and striking to watch – or  Ohio State University’s incredible musical feats, or drummers in bands, I love them all! We’ve seen some incredible drummers perform live music recently, some SO young, and they are all amazing. There’s something hypnotic about live music, and drummers can do that to me!

So here goes: 12 drummers drumming, 11 parents praying, 10 lords/ladies-a-lifting, 9 ladies dancing, 8 merry Santas, 7 Christmas cookies, 6 silver bells, 5 golden rings, 4 waterfalls, 3 rules of three, 2 sunrises & sunsets and one family. Well, not too bad if you hum along and have a little imagination!

Stay tuned for a follow-up post before I journey into 2014 with new ideas!

Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas, and may it be blessed with family and friends to celebrate joy and peace during the season.

Love Cynthia

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On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…….eleven parents praying………..

Since my son Darren’s spinal cord injury, I have met countless parents, all distraught over the catastrophic injuries that have now changed their lives. I met people who are very religious and turn to their Faith for understanding. I have met those who claim not to believe in God, because if there was a God, how could He let this happen? And then there are so many caught in the middle, not knowing what to believe, who to believe in, and why this has happened.

I do not intend to use this blog to purport any religious beliefs, or even state my own personal intentions. In my experience, though, I have seen many parents praying for their sons and daughters, praying for themselves, and praying for those who can help their children, whether related to medical or daily needs.

During this Christmas season, along with all the commercial accompaniments, I hope you find that prayer can help you, console you, calm you and strengthen you. Let whatever Faith you hold dear to your heart be the backbone of your existence. Stay strong, not only for yourself, but for those around you who need you and rely on you. May your Faith be a guiding light this holiday season.

With love and faith, Cynthia

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On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me……….seven Christmas cookies!

Some of my fondest Christmas memories with my kids are baking cookies. First, at least double the amount of cookie dough had to be made, because a “significant” portion was made to be eaten raw (I know, I know…..), at least for the sugar cookies. All other types had a MUCH better chance of making it to the oven!

Sugar cookies, spritz, chocolate chip and peanut butter (before my daughter developed a peanut allergy) were the family favorites. At times, appearances were made by oatmeal raisin, thumbprint and snowball cookies. Oh, what a mess would be made! From the flour to the decorations, ingredients were all over the place. When Darren and Ari were really young, they never really did anything except play in the flour! But they progressed to be quite the bakers and decorators, and always the consumers!

As years have passed, I’ve baked less and less cookies, not wanting to have the calorie temptations of eating all that we made! But for old times sake, especially after writing this blog, I am going to check the cupboard and see what ingredients I need to make a batch this weekend!

If you have favorite Christmas cookies, let me know what they are! Happy Baking! Cynthia



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Happy Monday!

For those who know me, either personally or through my blog, you may already know I LOVE CHRISTMAS! I am the person who says “Merry Christmas” and not “Happy Holidays,” sometimes incorrectly to a person who might not celebrate the same holiday. But it is meant to spread joy, love and cheer. I know I need to do that, and enjoy getting it in return.

Today I am committing to creating my own theme of “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Stay tuned for what will follow, and I hope I can spread some holiday cheer to all, no matter what holiday you celebrate or religious beliefs you may hold. During a time where people stress out over too much to do and not enough time to do it all, I hope my messages will bring a little cheer to your life.

Until next time…………..Cynthia

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Dear Friends,

As 2012 comes to a close, I am looking back on a year filled with many memorable events: some happy, some sad; some positive, some negative. I guess the same is true for any given year, and probably any given person. Of course, most present in my mind are the most recent occurrences of Hurricane Sandy and the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Each was so different, but the profound effects of the loss of life, especially children, seems way more overwhelming than the destruction of property. I also know there were lives lost in Sandy as well, and I do not mean to diminish those losses by any means. They are real and profound as well. Sadness seems to engulf us from one month to the next, and for those directly and even indirectly affected, healing will take a very long time.

As I reflect on 2012, despite sadness and losses, I try to dwell on the positive. In reviewing the year’s events, I hope I learn about myself and how I handled various situations. What could I have done or said differently that could have made a difference? Did I treat everyone as I would want to be treated myself?  Did I live my days of 2012 in the best way possible? Was I the best person I could have been? These are questions I can only answer myself.

As I prepare for 2013, I want to think about all the questions I asked above and plan for a better year ahead. I am proud of my personal accomplishments and for those associated with Push to Walk. But of course, there is so much more we all want to do in the year ahead! As a staff and organization, we are committed to expanding our program, serving more clients and seeing more progress. We have come all this way because of our friends and supporters, and together, we look to a bright and successful 2013.

Happy holidays to everyone, and have a wonderful New Year! Thanks for being a part of this wonderful journey we are all on together.

Sincerely, Cynthia

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This weekend, there are two totally unrelated things for me to write about. While they really don’t belong in the same blog, I only have one day to write about them, so here goes!

Happy Hanukkah to all our friends who celebrate the holiday also known as the Festival of Lights starting on December 8 and continuing for eight days. As I understand it, Hanukkah honors the perseverance of Judaism during ancient times, and the story of how the Menorah lamp miraculously remained lit for eight days. May you enjoy time with family and friends during this holiday season!

Also this weekend, the 5th Annual NY Warriors Al Youakim Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament will be held at The Henry Viscardi School, Albertson, NY. Games will be played Saturday December 8th and Sunday December 9th. The daily schedule will be 9-7:00pm on Saturday and 9-3:00 on Sunday. Awards Ceremonies will immediately follow the final game.

If you have not seen or experienced quad rugby and are in or near Long Island, this would be a great time to see the sport. I am very excited to learn that the NY Warriors will have two teams – that is awesome! And one of our own Push to Walk Summer Campers who tried the sport during the camp has joined the team! We are very excited about that! Adaptive sports like quad rugby offer an opportunity for healthy competition, socializing and camraderie. All the players I have met the last several years going and watching the games have been the nicest people (off the court, anyway!), and they really enjoy the sport. Go and check out a game or two!!
Teams that are participating: New York Warriors – 2 Teams, Philadelphia Eagles, Gaylord Sports Association’s Connecticut Jammers  and Northeast Passage Wildcats
The Henry Viscardi School is located at 201 I U Willets Road, Albertson, NY 11507
9:00 – 10:30: New York 1 / Philadelphia
10:30 – 12:00 Wildcats / Connecticut
12:00 – 1:30: New York 2 / Philadelphia
1:30 – 3:00:  Connecticut / New York 1
3:00 – 4:30:  Philadelphia / Wildcats
4:30 – 6:00:  Connecticut / New York 2
9:00 – 10:30: New York 2 / Wildcats
10:30 – 12:00: New York 1 / Wildcats
12:00 – 1:30: Connecticut / Philadelphia
1:30 – 3:00:  New York 1 / New York 2
Maybe I’ll see you there! Enjoy the weekend, whatever you do!


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I’m not Irish, but I still like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Why? Why not! I’m not a beer drinker, so it’s not for the green beer. I don’t even own many green clothes. But, hey, a holiday brings out the fun on an otherwise ordinary day. Green cupcakes (did I miss them today at Push to Walk? I was out for some dental surgery. Ugh!), green cookies, corned beef and cabbage – those are the things I love! How fun!

In my family we are all huge Devils fans (the hockey variety), and tomorrow they have a “retro” day where the team will wear their old green and red jerseys for the afternoon game. To help celebrate, my husband bought us some very cool green jerseys to wear for the game. Another fun thing to do! I would take a picture of myself in mine, but after my dental procedure, I’m not feeling like posting a picture of myself. Maybe my husband will post the picture he has when he reads this!

So maybe too many holidays have become all commercialized and lose sight of the real meaning. I understand the origins are based on Christianity and celebrating one’s Irish heritage, and the parades are usually fantastic. As long as the drinking can be done safely and without incident, it seems to me that there’s no harm if all of us are Irish for just one day!

Enjoy the wearin’ of the green and all that Irish culture has contributed to our society. Have a Happy St. Patty’s Day!


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