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I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Updated on December 11, 2012

IT WOULD BE NICE, BUT….

Despite my desire to have snow this winter, I live in a part of the world where that weather phenomena does not happen very often. In fact, as I check the weather data, we have had a white Christmas in Olympia, Washington, exactly seven times while I have been on this planet. Seven times in sixty-four years! Those are not exactly figures that will instill confidence in a man who is dreaming once again of a mantel of white.

Since I do not consider myself to be a fool, and since I am far too busy to waste my time on foolish dreams, I have altered my dream so that it is figurative in nature rather than literal.

Throughout history white has been a symbol of purity and peace, so this year I am indeed dreaming of a white Christmas, a time when we will all reflect on our common denominators and hopefully find common ground as we approach 2013.

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The one...the only...Imagine!

WHERE IS JOHN LENNON WHEN WE NEED HIM?

Imagine!


“Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger a brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing for the world

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one”

Can you imagine? A brotherhood of man! Is that possible?

I truly do not know. When I was younger, during the 60’s, I believed that world peace was doable. I believed in the goodness of man, and I believed, somewhat foolishly, that everyone else wanted world peace. Reality, oftentimes, is a bitter pill to swallow.

I have since put away my childhood toys, and I have come to realize that greed is flowing through the veins of this world. Like a cancer eating healthy cells, greed runs rampant through the streets of our planet, viewed with indifference by the bystanders who live on Complacency and Apathy Streets.

And yet, I have hope! I was raised with hope, and I was raised to work for the common good. I am going to cling to that hope, and I’m going to keep doing my part to make things better, one person at a time.

Yes, I have hope!

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ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa

Well there you have it! We are all in this together! What are our common goals as human beings? What are our common needs? Food and shelter for sure. We all need nourishment, and we all need to be protected from the elements. However, I would add one more item to the basic needs list, and that would be love.

We are all pack animals, and we all need companionship and love. Some may never realize it or attain it, but I believe it to be one of the necessities for survival. Look at our commonalities. We all laugh and cry; we all work and play, and we all seek life, liberty and happiness.

Nothing else matters! Political leanings and religious viewpoints are fluff compared to our most basic of needs. Can we not concentrate on that which is important, and spend less time concerning ourselves with the colors of our flag or the depth of our pocketbooks?

Put ten people of different nationalities in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean and you will find out just how similar we all are, and how terribly unimportant nationality is.

Yes, I have hope!

WAR, GOOD GOD Y’ALL, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR…ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

What is the underlying cause of most wars? If you said greed you win a kewpie doll! What are the underlying causes of most racism? If you said fear and ignorance you now win a lifetime supply of those kewpie dolls.

This writer belongs to a writing community called HubPages. I have writer friends from every state in the United States as well as over one-hundred other nations. We have never been involved in a war against each other. We come from all corners of the world, and we represent different political viewpoints and religions. We are of every color imaginable and we come in all shapes and sizes, and yet not once has one writer declared war on another, and I have never seen a racist comment in the year that I have been a member of HubPages.

Close to a quarter-of-a-million writers, all with a common purpose, and all supporting each other.

Yes, I have hope!

DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE VALUE OF HARD WORK?

It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Darn it, you mean I have to work at this? But wait! I do work at it! I have led a peaceful life. I have never started a war, and I am not racist. I raised a son on my own, and he understands the importance of brotherhood, and he lives that understanding. I love my family, and respect my neighbors. How much more do I have to do?

Well, the answer to that is I have to do whatever is possible. It is my responsibility as a human being to be a walking, talking, breathing symbol of peace. I do not have the luxury of passing the buck to the next guy, and I sure don’t have the luxury of washing my hands of the whole mess and entrenching myself in my own personal fortress.

Being a member of the human race carries with it a civic and moral responsibility. Where I see injustice I must speak out. Where I see racism I must speak out. Where I see oppression and hate, I must speak out!

I was taught this by my family, and by incredible men and women who came before me, legends and giants of civilization who believed in goodness and brotherly love. The legacy has been handed down, to me, and to all of you, and it is a legacy I take very seriously.

Yes, I have hope!

A few thoughts

LET THE SNOWS OF COMPASSION AND EMPATHY FALL UPON US

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
Dalai Lama

From this day forward, nothing that I have done matters. I may have done good works in the past, but they are now part of history. I may have loved in the past, but love must be renewed daily to survive. I may have shown compassion in the past, but the soils of compassion must be constantly tended to, nurtured, and enriched, in order that they spread their seeds worldwide.

What have you done lately? It no longer matters? Today is the day we must concentrate upon, and then tomorrow, tomorrow!

We do this for ourselves. We do this for our fellow man and woman. We cannot shirk from this responsibility because quite frankly, future generations depend upon us. Right here, right now, we must be instruments of peace and compassion. Right here, right now, we must model the attributes we want to see worldwide. Right here, right now, we make our stand and declare to the world that a new order has been established, a new order of empathy, humility, and always love.

Yes, I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. It is not like the ones I used to know, because in truth there has always been war, and racism, and hate. No, this is a new dream, and it is a dream I believe in, and it is a dream I dedicate my life to.

Yes, I have hope! Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith my dear, you are all that is good in this world. Yes, evil is coming full force, but I still believe in the power of love. We just need to keep showing the way.

      love,

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      My Dearest Bill,

      You are amazing, and this hub is amazing! The answer is a simple one: LOVE. But with evil in the hearts of men, love for another human being is lost. However, evil has not won just yet, but it is coming on us full force. We must learn to love and love like never before.

      Voted way up +++ and sharing.

      Sending lots of hugs and love your way, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, I would imagine that you see quite a bit over a six month period. I think I'll let you keep it. :) Thanks for the visit and Happy New Year.

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      JustCrafty 4 years ago

      Billybuc if you want some snow I have had enough.

      We got 12 inches yesterday an expectng 10 more tonught.

      I wish I was in FL for New Years.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mickey, that sounds like a perfect Christmas to me. Merry Christmas my friend!

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      MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      . . . we are just now packing the car with food & gifts to go to one of my many daughter's house for Christmas Eve, and we walked out of the house into the beginnings of a white Christmas - it's snowing in Hershey Pa.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Beckie, and Merry Christmas to you as well.

      love,

      billy

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy

      Great job with this and here's wishing for a truly "White Christmas". Your version.

      Love beckie xo

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, how cool would that be, if I reached one new person with each hub? I would consider that a success any old day. Thank you for being who you are; I consider you a dear friend. Keep those angels coming; I can't get enough of them. :)

      Happy Holidays PS!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      A wondrous world it would be if the suggestions you have set forth would blanket our world with the snow of human kindness to one another. The only thing I can say, Bill, is that you need to just keep your voice sending out messages day after day. One day at a time, one person at a time the message will be heard. I know we are on the same page as I have read enough of your writings. Caring about others is one huge reason we are on the planet. This hit home with me as so many of your articles do. Sending you bunches of Angels tonight, Bill. :) ps

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you've got me on pins and needles!

      Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, so true my friend! Even with a horrible childhood, it is possible to turn our lives around. You are living proof, and now you are giving back love to society.....what a beautiful example you are setting. Thank you and have a marvelous weekend my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, if only indeed! I'll keep hoping that others will wake up to the fact that what we need are a few more old-fashioned principles. Thank you and have a peaceful weekend my friend.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another great gem from you my friend.

      Oh how important it is to give our children solid foundations.

      However for those of us who didn't have that start in life it is still possible to take it down bit by bit and rebuild this time into a solid structure.

      Then we can give back to humanity by sharing how we rebuilt and how we dealt with expectance and acceptance.

      Thanks again for this chat all of which I love.

      Have a brilliant weekend to you and Bev.

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This type of White Christmas is what we all need. If only we could reach back and pull the past into our present day lifestyles. Hope many read this and change for the better.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I agree, that history is there to learn from....but I have given up on our government learning a darn thing. I can only concentrate on what is in front of me now....I can make this world a better place today, one act of kindness at a time. If we multiplied that by a couple million, we might see significant change in this country.

      Thank you my friend; your day is coming Sunday! :)

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I liked what you said about the past being done and over with, now it's time to move on and concentrate on today. I was always taught about remembering the past so as not to repeat mistakes. However, since our powers that be do not seem to learn from the past, and indeed do keep repeating the same mistakes, then your argument is very sound. Right here, right now is all that matters. Voted Up and Interesting, and there ought to be a category for "Thought Provoking", too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, we haven't even had a whiff of snow yet, but January is usually our month if it's going to snow. I'm holding out hope at least. Merry Christmas to you too my dear.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, this is just beautiful. John Lennon's Imagine is who I am all about and why I wear the proverbial rose-colored glasses. I'm an idealist all the way and quite frankly, it has served me well all my life.

      Merry Christmas to you and Bev!

      P.S. It feels like it wants to snow here today. We've had a 'snow' sky all day, this the first real cold day Central Florida has seen this year. We're a little late, but that's OK. I didn't move to Florida to be cold!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No snow in western New York? Is the world coming to an end?

      Paula, it will be white regardless, right? I spent two years in Vermont, and the first winter there was not a flake of snow, after me hearing all about the feet we would receive. Big disappointment for this snow lover.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Fabulous quotes....very powerful.. Great Hub.....always moving....I'm with you, but you already knew that.

      BTW....I don't think we're going to have any snow...but...we can still have a WHITE Christmas, if we share our love and support with others.....UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, fantastic points....I think you have a future hub there....the more man has, the less man has! Hurry up before I steal it from you. :)

      Yes, slanted news....never heard of that as a kid....maybe it existed but I don't think so.

      And believe it or not, I still go sledding. Love it!

      Thanks buddy!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill - Am late for the snowfall, but get the sleds ready! (Like I can see you and me sledding down a hill, lol ) We were so naive, weren't we, my friend? World peace ... people loving people ... people assisting people out of love of fellow man ... what dreams we had! Honey Boo Boo is laughing so hard she just pee'd her pants! The more man has, the less man has. Silly statement? Think about this. Before all this communication age and mass transportation, when a disaster occurred, people came together to help each other through it. Now, they get on TV and beg for money and cuss the government for ignoring them as they wallow in self pity. Or, how about this? Small town people used to know each other because they all went to the same church, or knew of those that didn't attend. Now, you can be texting your neighbor and not know it because of all the pseudonyms used on the web. We've lost so much as a people, as we've continued to advance in technology. The more we know, we find the less we know about the things that matter. A white Christmas? Let's tune in to CNN and see what they speculate. Oh, that's right ... they're a liberal news corporation. So, let's tune in Fox News! Oh, that's right, they're a conservative new corporation. Even the news is slanted these days! How do you slant the facts? Like I said, the more we know, the less we know. Here's wishing you a White Christmas, my friend. One day, perhaps enough will understand and stop the madness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria my dear, I hope you are well. Thank you as always.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, I am dreaming of the same thing, right alongside you. Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub. Dreaming of a white Christmas - pure white with peace and goodwill. Voted up.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      This is a beautiful, passionate and purposeful dream...Imagine is the perfect song choice, both in reason and season.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I will never understand the greed that I see daily...it has never been in me and never will be, and it is so foreign to me as to seem an aberration.....but I know all to well that it is reality, and a growing reality in this world. Oh well; I may not make a huge difference but I know I at least make some difference for the positive. I sleep pretty well at night knowing that. :)

      blessings, love, and gratitude for your friendship

      bill

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I appreciate your understanding, Bill. I see that you understand by not castigating me to "just another downer." I, too, am a cynical optimist, not a whiner as some would assume, but a realist. I am quick to recognize human kindness when I see it, to the same degree that I am acutely, painfully aware when I see it lacking. Those of us that live long enough all experience sickness, loss, and the elements of life that force us to grow up. I once worked for a multimillionaire chiropractor that told me he stopped watching the news, because it was too depressing. Turning a blind eye to reality doesn't work for me. It is denial. After all, I saw this chiropractor milk the system with no qualms about driving his Ferrari or partying in his home in Millionaires Cove, complete with original artwork and an elevator. When he took out his wad of hundred dollar bills bulging his jeweled money clip, and told me he could have any woman he wanted when he flashed it, I told him "not this one." I didn't last long, because I refused to be just another member of his harem. It was a raw piece of reality, but it taught me about the mentality of some of the wealthiest. All I need are the basics, and I'm happier now than when I had far more. Watching the news and educating myself on what's going on in the world provides me with the knowledge and motivation to try, in my own small way, to change what I can and help where I am able. One person at a time can make big things happen. I see stories on the news that validate this fact, too, and it makes me happy.

      Merry Christmas, Bill. Keep on keepin' on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I always wait until things slow down to respond to your comments, because they are so detailed and really demand some respectful thought and response.

      I understand. I'll tell you something, Amy: I am a cynical optimist by self-description, and I wage a constant battle daily to decide whether I'll be a cynic all day long or an optimist. The reality of this world is that there are a great many good people, but that they are so busy keeping their heads above water and living in fear that they can't be bothered by the suffering of others. I find that sad and yet I understand it....and I want so badly to believe in the compassion of others, but I am overwhelmed by stories that are exactly the opposite, of dog eat dog and survival of the fittest.

      Today, as I write another article about human trafficking, I am a cynic. :)

      love from Oly

      bill

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I remember the first time I saw Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" and I believed in the happy ending that he'd changed. Back then, everything seemed possible. Now, I see Dickens as a visionary, not in the happily ever after ending of his classic story, but in the stingy demeanor of Scrooge and his words of advice regarding the poor that "if they'd rather die...then they'd better do it and decrease the surplus population." Today, the Scrooge that said "Christmas, bah...humbug, seems more real than the fairytale ending. I am not bitter, but rather, managing through the reality I see now. Reality is hard, but deluding oneself is a disadvantage in today's dog eat dog world. When I recovered psychologically from my layoff, I faced reality and put my energy into getting myself back on my feet. I accomplished that and I did it myself. There is little pity for the poor, despite the knowledge that most Americans are one paycheck away. Fear has created a mindset of "keep your hands off of my stack". I know my life has changed forever, and yet, I am happier than I was when buying something was what made me happy. That is my Christmas story. I went through my own transformation, born of necessity. But, I had to figure it out on my own. Work acquaintances, friends and even family were guarding their own stack, unless they needed something from me. I feel grateful I have learned a hard lesson and now face life based on what it is. The truth isn't always pretty, but it's the one constant that stands by me. Knowledge, not a fairytale, is everything. Knowledge brings me peace.

      May all your Christmases be white, Bill. Love from St. Lou

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, after this cold rain we have been having, snow sounds like a wonderful alternative right about now. :) Thank you for taking the time to read so many of my hubs today.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      As you have noticed, this is my day for reading, not writing. One can only hope that your wishes for peace come true this Christmas. I'll keep my fingers crossed for some snow for you guys too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, Merry Christmas to you as well. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sad irony, Martin, and you are right of course! Thank you!

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      :-) Merry Christmas in advance!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Let me share some irony with you: War: you would throw up and cry if you found out how we all (now) benefit from it. Hard work: yes I was a hard worker and I still see the faces of the people that weren't needed because of it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I echo your sentiments. May this be the whitest Christmas ever my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I don't think you have anything to worry about there in Florida. Thank you for the visit and Merry Christmas to you as well.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Ah, i do love a white Christmas, and i love your outlook on life. May we forever move forward in love and compassion for all humanity. Beautiful video.Thank you...

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      billybuc, I hope I only see a white Christmas in my dreams. I grew up in cold country and swore I'd never be cold again!

      Beautiful Hub, with good thoughts from you.

      I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas. I'm looking forward to having friends and family near.

      I voted UP, etc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mperrottet, thank you! Here's hoping that those who need this message receive this message. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie, and thank you for the lovely Christmas card. That was so kind of you! Blessings to you my dear, and Merry Christmas.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, cock your arm and let her fly; I'll be waiting for it to arrive. LOL Thank you my friend!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Another wonderful hub - and what better Christmas wish could we have than purity and peace? I love the thought that what you did in the past is past - that today is what counts - a good reminder to us all as we move into the holidays and the new year. Voted up and all the way across!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hi Bill.. love your hub.. If we get a white Christmas in Tennessee' it would be a miracle. but miracles do happen. you are so right. there has always been war and racism and ugliest..

      May God /bless you for raising awareness and hoping to make people care.

      many blessings

      Merry Christmas

      Sharing

      Debbie

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      JustCrafty 4 years ago

      Billybuc, step out onto your doorstep or porch and I will throw you a snowball we had sno yesterday and I could do without it every year but if you want me to I will toss you a snowball on Christmas Day.lol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I do see the goings on in D.C., and I am so tired of that divisiveness....it just does no good for anyone. I'm just going to keep shouting my message and hope that more hear it. Bless you my friend and may your holidays be happy and filled with love.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I saw this hub this morning and sure hated I couldn't get here until now. I would say most of the world feel just like you do but so many let others lead them into hatreds and separation. Even now our two parties here in the US are trying to start us fighting, do you see that? Why? We just can't allow it and that is what Christmas is all about... is love, and the very grandest kind. Merry Christmas and may pt be not only white but spiritually white!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, I don't know, but it has baffled me for decades. :)

      Thank you my friend, and aloha to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it Ann! :)

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      "Can we not concentrate on that which is important, and spend less time concerning ourselves with the colors of our flag or the depth of our pocketbooks?"

      Ah Bill. You nailed it! What's wrong with people, that they'd actually hate others for being born on the wrong side of the border (or the tracks)?

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Very well and very happy thanks, back in the family fold and looking forward to a lovely Christmas with them all!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kohuether, I remember that. I lived in Vermont for two years, and the first winter I was there, we had no snow....none! I had heard of this great snow and never saw a flake. LOL Thank you for the visit.

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Even in a cold, snowy climate, having a White Christmas might be a pipe dream! I watched the movie over again recently and they were even having problems with not having snow in Vermont! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I saw that you had a big storm. Hope all is well there and sure, if you want to truck out about four of those inches, I'll be glad to take it. :)

      Thank you my friend!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, I will gladly share my White Christmas with you! Living in MN it isn't very unusual to have one, but considering we just got 14 inches on Sunday---I'm really into sharing! Seriously, I love the metaphor and this was a beautiful hub. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann my friend, so nice to see you! I hope you are well and happy, and I wish for you the whitest of Christmases this year. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and to you, Doc!

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Yes, always dreaming of a white Christmas (looks like we might get one here, too!). Another song asks 'What have you done today to make you feel proud?'; if we have love and act accordingly we can say we've done something every day to feel proud. Love is the answer to all of it; from love comes compassion, tolerance, understanding and an urge to help, support, nurture..... Another forcefully expressed hub, full of meaning and such an important message. Hope yours is whiter than white! Ann

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thank you Billy. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I am jealous of your snow, but hopefully I'll have some of my own to play in soon. As for peace on Earth, we'll just keep working at it, won't we? Blessings to you my friend, and happy holidays. Thank you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Sure but I don't have to dream everyday now we have a bit of snow and everything is white. Wonderful message. Let's make this a traditional peaceful Christmas and hope that this world gets better next year. Hope you have the best of holidays. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sweetie, snow is never more than an hour away no matter which direction I drive, so no worries about snow. :) Thank you!

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      We get snow here in the Southern California mountains, but more often than not the snow happens between January and March. I hope you enjoy the nice trees up there. I read a really cool Australian Christmas website, so Christmas is what you make of it in your own location.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, Linda, Linda...what am I going to do with you? This does not shame you; you write beautifully, and your message is from the heart....and I'm honored to be your friend. :)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Well, you have appropriately shamed me. This is, I think, the most beautiful thing I've ever read. Yes, you're a dreamer, but so am I. And, there are many others who grew up believing in peace all over the world. We many not see it in our lifetime, but every time we chip away at racism, poverty, religious intolerance, etc., we are moving one step closer. A white Christmas? Maybe not this year but who knows, it could be next year.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, that sounds like a lovely evening to me. I would love to sit with you and enjoy each other's company. Thanks for the snow and you take care too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mark! I'll just keep on dreaming, buddy! Maybe some day, right?

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      The best kind of white Christmas Bill...You nailed it!

      Mark

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I'm lazy this evening. Need to charge my batteries by reading this wonderful hub, listen to music, drink some "glögg" (mulled and spiced wine) and maybe I'll write some Christmas cards. If I could, I would send you some snow. Take care my friend! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless you too, Kelley, as I know He will, and I wish many blessings for your family this holiday season and beyond. Thank you!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      God Bless You this Christmas Bill! I hope you get that white Christmas. I'm dreaming if one as well. Thanks for the positive hub as always! Take care, Kelley.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, one of the reasons I'm no longer a teacher is because of the parents I had to deal with....nothing was wrong with their children; the kids were never to blame for poor grades or poor behavior. That kind of aggravation I no longer need. :) Thank you for your compliments; you are a kind and good person and I'm honored to call you a friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless you, Mary! Interestingly, I have gained hope from being on HP...what a great community of people on this site. I am a lucky and blessed man, Mary, and I thank you for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I envy your white Christmas....and thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to visit me....I miss you and appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Magdelene, beautiful thoughts my friend, and you are so right. The choice is ours; sure there are some with medical conditions that take a certain amount of choice out of their hands, but for most of us, we get to choose, and that is an incredible choice. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol! I spent too many years stuck in the past, and judging myself by the past. No longer for this boy; I am firmly planted in the present; what happens tomorrow I will take care of then. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pooja and yes, anything in moderation is a good thing; however, when it infringes on the rights of others, then we have crossed the line. Thank you for your thoughts on the matter; you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My friend, not even cold here yet, so not much hope for a white Christmas. But there is always hope that sooner rather than later we can all come together as one race. :) Thank you as always!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You have nailed the true spirit of Christmas...love....love eternal....Christ said "A new command I give you: Love one another." If we could do that we would end all war, racism, strife, as we banded together as one.

      Your White Christmas Bill is the real Christmas!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. God bless.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Beautiful hub Bill! I wish the reality could be like your dream. Your dream is my dream, too. We'll probably have a white Christmas here - as usual. :)

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      Magdelene 4 years ago from Okotoks

      Choosing, the choice is ultimately ours to make. Choose to be happy, choose to love. Faith in ourselves and faith that good still exists. It is easy to give up but shows great strength to work through the hard times. Essential grains that bring meaning to life. Understanding, if we could all begin to understand. Words that are written, that may seem unclear, will become clear when we begin to understand.

      Always continue writing Billybuc.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Awesome hub! Your articles and videos always teach me something. By the way, you're a really good public speaker. I like the Dal lai quote as well as the John Lennon song. Speaking of happiness and living life to the fullest, I wanted to add that I come across a lot of people with attitude problems. I don't know if this has anything to do with the holiday season, but honey, I have nothing to do with your bad mood. People should leave their personal issues at home and not bring them to work. Maybe I should write a hub about this. Also, I agree with your comment on parenting. I notice many parents these days don't discipline their children. They only want to be their kid's friends. I see little 12 year olds wearing daisy duke shorts walking around the movie theater late at night by themselves. Where are the parents? Oh, I can't control my children is all parents can say. strange world! Yes, I do have faith, hope, love and compassion in my heart so I'm dreaming of a white christmas.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Well most of us cannot be the lone ranger...People who care and love us..that is the best. We get a white Christmas here every few years...not a lot but at least some that is fun to slosh through. I love this time of year with hopes of snowfall. Interesting that what we did in the past doesn't matter..Today the present which is a present....Thanks for thoughtful hub and thoughts to carry through the day.

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      Wonderful thoughts, my friend. But I feel that greed to some extent, is fine. It may not be confined to slashing money without earning it. Greed can also be in terms of gaining more knowledge. Sometimes, a little greed is fine. But that does't mean that a person has to ignore other finer aspects of life. So, the trick is to find a balance.

      You make a good point when you convey the meaning that one needs to repeat the process of showing compassion or doing any other good deed. Yes, the good past deeds shouldn't remain in the past. They need to be repeated in the present as well. Or may be enhanced to another level.

      :-)

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      tobusiness 4 years ago

      Well, here in Luton, we've already had some snow, and the frost was glistening on the ground this morning.

      Yes, I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, not just on the ground but in the hearts of my fellow man. Someone once said, 'the only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it.' so let us all start spreading a little happiness this Christmas. Another thought provoking and very inspiring read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Whonu, thank you my friend! Just trying to get the spirit of Christmas out there to the masses. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sunnie, thank you for that great addition to the conversation. Yes, we have work to do, but hey, we love hard work and results, right? :)

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Billy another wonderful heart pounding, through provoking hub. In nursing school we were taught about Maslow's hierarchy of needs also has been known as "A Theory of Human Motivation."

      Self actualization. - who are we inside:

      Esteem: finding our worth and knowing what our worth is.

      Love/belonging: We all need to feel loved.

      Safety: Job security...

      Psychological: home, food, shelter ect.

      If you notice that in any building there has to be a sound foundation to build upon. The bottom floor is food and shelter. It makes us realize that with out the basic needs for a human to survive that other things are harder to obtain or build upon. We have so much work to do for sure.

      Thank you,

      Sunnie

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Motivating and exceptionally well done Bill, my friend. You have sent a heart felt letter to the world and we all await a returning message of hope. Thank you for your talents and expressive abilities. Your pal, whonu

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I'm not too worried about your daughters, not with you and Kevin raising them. I am terribly concerned about the parenting skills of millions of parents out there, though. When I was teaching, and I'm sure you understand this, I saw horrible parenting skills; it's no wonder their children turn out the way they do. :)

      Thank you as always, Janine!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful and raising to children now in this crazy world, I find more important than ever to impart lessons of peace and tolerance to them for all. At three years old, I already see my daughter sometimes not including others her age and this disturbs Kevin and I. I honestly just wrote my blog about this today and how we had to sit her down and explain to her at her level how she must be kind to all and not try to mis-inlcude others when playing. Great article and am with you on the White Christmas (as much as I hate snow the rest of the year, it truly is beautiful at this time of the year).

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Nell and thank you! I would like a literal white Christmas, but I'm not holding my breath. :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi billy, wonderful hub and yes I am dreaming of a white christmas both for real and for your reasons too, I love the mother theresa quote, says it all doesn't it? votes all the way!