Toppled by Christmas

Woman ‘toppled’ by Christmas trees
It was the Nightmare After Christmas (from the New York Post).
A Manhattan woman claims in a lawsuit that she was toppled by a pile of rotting Christmas trees left out on a sidewalk.
Gwendolyn Deluca was strolling by 752 West End Ave. in January 2011 when she passed as many as 30 used Christmas trees left in “a large, unstable pile” on the sidewalk “without so much as a sign warning passers-by of the looming danger,” she charges in Manhattan Supreme Court papers filed last week against building management.
The stack of pines stood 5 feet high and “created severely dangerous” conditions for pedestrians, Deluca claims.
Deluca became a victim of the timber terror when the pile collapsed and “caused her leg to be trapped by Christmas tree(s),” tripping her on an already icy sidewalk and causing “permanent” injuries, according to court papers in which she accuses the building of negligence.
Deluca is seeking unspecified damages, and says the incident has left her unable to do “activities that she once so dearly loved,” including playing musical instruments and singing.

It doesn’t take long before the holidays threatens to topple us all and take from us “activities we once so dearly loved.”

A few weeks ago I posted the pic below on my facebook feed:

holiday reactionsSome folks asked my why I didn’t like the holidays and my response was, “I love Advent, it’s Christmas I’m not so sure about…”

Advent is a time of peace, joy, waiting, silence, hope and light. Christmas has become something quite different in our culture. It seems to bring  anxiety, grumpiness, impatience, loudness and despair to so many.

I encouraged my group Wednesday evening to take time to be still this last week of Advent as others are dashing about, look for light and not be blinded by the commercial glitz, keep your feet and don’t get toppled as we near the finish line.

blessings, 
bdl

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Posted on December 19, 2013, in Mindfulness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Beautifully stated. I also love Advent, but think Santa and all the other Xmas trappings could just as well return whence they came(translated: go to hell). Happily reblogged.

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  2. The bible passages for reading in Advent are wonderfully rich, the psalms particularly appeal to me it is a season which ‘does one good’ a good medicine for most of our ills. Christmas should be wonderful but never is, perhaps because Christmas in the world comes far too early, advent does at least give us time to reflect that the first Christmas did not happen in a perfect world, the most elegant of surroundings and, I daresay the food was far from haute de cuisine! ⛄️

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  3. I dislike the commercialization of the Christmas Holiday. I think it has lost its true meaning at this time of the year. During the Christmas holiday season I just observe all the crazies that have to get this that and the other things they so desperately think they need. For me it is a time for Peace and Reflection.
    Peace and Happy Holidays!!!

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