Celebrating the Holiday Season at Macy’s Metro Center in DC on November 22

Photo Credit: Macys.com
Photo Credit: Macys.com

Happy November!

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons are fast approaching. They are two of my favorite holidays. What are your favorite holidays? How do you celebrate them?

I celebrate Thanksgiving with a family dinner hosted by my parents. My brothers, sisters, cousins, and family friends attend the dinner. Some folks bring dishes. Others help set up and clean dishes. It’s a team effort!

During the Christmas season, I invite friends and family to visit the National Christmas Tree and go on walking tours to see festive decorations on apartment buildings, businesses, and houses in my favorite neighborhoods: U Street, 16th Street, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, and Columbia Heights.

This year, I am starting a new tradition by going to see the holiday window displays at Macy’s Metro Center on Saturday, November 22 (outside on G Street, NW) at 2:00 p.m. American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland and Fox 5 news anchor Allison Seymour will co-host the event with a count down to the grand reveal of the window displays with the Ballou High School Marching Band and Santa Claus himself. The event will include performances featuring Bystorm/RCA recording artist Mali Music and The Voice contestant Ddendyl, The Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir and excerpts from The Nutcracker by The Washington Ballet on the Main Stage. Afterwards, you can head inside of Macy’s for an afternoon of excitement and holiday joy – there’s something for everyone!

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Ananda’s Reflections on Gratitude and Creative Releases During Thanksgiving

Greetings All,


I just read this Helen Keller quote on my sistalove Dottie Green’s Facebook page:

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
It is so true.

Yesterday, I received three boxes filled with copies of my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (it is available on Amazon.com now – http://tiny.cc/6pfMW) from my publisher. It was humbling to open the boxes and look at the physical manifestation of a seed Creator planted in my womb many moons ago. I sat in silence for a few moments and just gave thanks. My heart was so full. I was speechless. Yes me chatty Cathy who always has a word or two to share. The beauty of the moment was INCROYABLE (incredible as the French say)!

As I read through the book, I thought about all of the people who have come in and out of my creative life. I also thought about the support and inspiration I received from various online and offline communities. WOW! I know I have been blessed!

What came up next were thoughts about a few folks who have moved out of my creative life. Their departures reminded me that physical, emotional, spiritual, and relationship releases always come when I birth a dream into the universe. It also fits with the release work I have been doing with support from my life coach Yael. So I am not surprised. That’s just par for the course.

Lately, I have been having a lot of intuitive experiences that connect me to just the right energy, quote, article, book, conversation, music or creative event that offers wisdom on release. What a blessing! These experiences are expanding my awareness and opening my heart so I can give thanks and move forward into greater blessings, experiences, and growth opportunities.

Many thanks to everyone who has played a role in my creative life!

Enjoy your holidays!

Peace, Light, Love, Compassion, Gratitude, and Laughter,