What's all this business about French Christmas?

  • My name—Noël—has been mispronounced, mislabeled, and mistaken since my parents bestowed it upon me one snowy March afternoon. It wasn't until a friend nicknamed me "French Christmas" that it came into focus. How much would our lives change if we could just see things differently?

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August 04, 2011



You ROCK! You have an absolutely inspiring level of courage & honesty. It takes wisdom to allow the pain without succumbing to it. XO Shannon


It's been too long since I've been here to visit you...and I'm so touched and inspired by your strength, vision and candor. I can tell you from experience that it DOES get better, you DO heal and it IS all worth it. XO.


@Scwink! Thanks so much! I appreciate your thoughts. I hope it's wisdom .. . because I found a gray hair the other day! :)

@Lisa--Your words are such a comfort! Thank you!


I love this. I have always been moved by the way you take the truth of a moment and make it into a life-sized truth, and you've done it again here. Being your own bouncer is the best way I've ever heard that put, ever ever. And I am pretty sure that balancing strength and vulnerability is the foundation of who I want to be when I get around to growing up.

Much love to you.


so true. i never thought of it that way but yes!! it makes sense! i pray you are doing well and your heart is getting lighter again. i think the bouncer would apply to depression as well and something i shall carry with me on the dark days. hugs!


@Kim--Thanks for your thoughts! Walking the strength/vulnerability tightrope is something I practice everyday, and that I'm hopefully getting better at ever day. Yoga definitely helps. :)

@InkyTwig--Thanks for the comment! I totally agree with you -- this could apply to so many negative thoughts, feelings, or situations that want to come pounding on the doors of our mind. I think it's key to recognize they are there, but realizing that we can chose which ones we want to let in. :) And thank you, yes, each day gets a little lighter! :)


Noel, you truly have a moving and patient way of working through everything life sends your way. It is an inspiration, and so are you. I love how you put it: being both the broken heart and the guardian tending to it. Your being able to articulate and practice that brings such light and hope to my own life. Thank you -- and keep on guarding :-)

wholly jeanne

I love everything about the post - the image, the woman who penned it, the surprising yourself, the succinct delivery of a galaxy-sized message - I love everything EXCEPT the broken heart.


@Roxanne--Thanks! I am. It is a skill that gets better with practice, I think.

@Wholly Jeanne--Thank you!! And I agree ... the broken heart is not my favorite. But it's forcing me to learn a lot, so that's good. Thanks so much for the kind words. :)


This is so real and heartfelt as you mend your broken heart and witness all that happening inside of you. Bravo Noel.

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