It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Even here, in Jordan, the temperatures now fall below 10 degrees Celsius and frost covers the ground in early morning hours. It is a special time all over the wolrd, the best time of the year 🙂 People are smiling wider and more often, Michael Buble’s soft voice spreads from speakers in the shopping malls, wish lists, dinner receipes and to-do cards are being sticked to the kitchen fridge. Winter charm of cosy evenings at the fire place is real and each day, kids are waiting to find their gifts uder a beautiful green tree more eagerly.  

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Above: last Christmas in Pennsylvania – a huge Christmas Tree that is being set up each year at ‘Kings of Prussia Mall’ – second biggest shopping center in the United States. 

    Below:    #1 View on Manhattan from ‘Top of The Rock’, New York City    &                                                                                                        #2 Ice Rink at the Rockerfeller Center – yessss the very one from movie “Home Alone” 

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“But apart from joy of wonderful spirit, Christmas embraces time for a deeper reflection, for moments spent with family in the atmosphere of gratutude. For many, including myself –  Christmas is special giveback mission.

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Ice skating with friends day and night in Central Park – my most beautiful memory from New York City.

I love the rush of winter fever. But I love it because it reminds me to stop for a minute and realize what is it really, that makes this time so very special. 

Every Christmas continuously, as millions of other people, me and my friends are getting involved in charity actions doing our best to bring a little light of hope to others. We visit the sick, rise money during the finale of “WOSP” Charity Orchestra in Poland, or help prepare dinner for older people at the nursing homes. Each year with smiles like from the movie “Letters to M.”, we go out from the malls into the houses, hospitals, shelters, and schools and carry the litte flame of love with us. And I think this is what Christmas is really about  – bringing light. Bringing hope. Sharing that unlimited love born each year Betlehem, PALESTINE : – )

Below: #1 Carousel in Philadelphia during annual Christmas Market. I was waiting in a line surrounded by mostly 5-year-olds 😀                   #2 Gingerbread cookies stolen ( 🙂 ) from christmas trees at Wall Street  #3 Quick pop-in for hot chocholate and cinnamon rolls at my favorite Bryant’s Park cafee.


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“Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive. The most valuable things we can give one another are also those that cost nothing.”

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With a very handsome nutty friend in down Westchester Country, Pennylvania.

Why is this time unique for you? Is it at all? If you are looking for some ways to bring fresh spirit into your annual tradition or to give it a new meaning, or even if you are just bored – GET INVOLVED AND GIVE BACK. This is my answer. And it’s SIMPLE. The power of gratitude is miraculuos and regardless of how you feel this Christmas, the best way to make your Christmas Eve special, is making it valuable for someone alse.

How to do it?  


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