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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December 14, 2011



Wow. As always, last sentence sent shivers. I have to wonder what it is you did that "tugged on the end of the string." Maybe it was you facing your fear and reality head on?


@Abigail--That's exactly what it was! Reality isn't always my favorite thing, but it's necessary. :)


Oh, I love this! Yes, the letting go can be the hardest part, but look what happened! yay!


This post is lovely. I can sense the unbraiding of the heart at it heals from love lost to be open to new love.


love this so much, noel. the imagery!!! sometimes we make things harder on ourselves than they need be until we just let it go. this is exquisitely written!


I think that image is just beautiful...and the perfect way to describe letting go. There are moments of silence as you watch them drift away, and the wonder of how far they will go. So lovely.


Have you ever noticed that is true of hair? I've been a pony tail and braids girl. A bobby pin girl through and through. It is only in truly happy moments, moments of fearless unravelling, moments of security in the truth, that I'll let my hair down. I hadn't thought about 'story' that way until reading your beautiful words...

wholly jeanne

i wasn't sure about this post when i began reading, but now i'm smiling. maybe even chortling gleefully.


@Kelly--Yes. Why are we so afraid to let go? It's like flinching in anticipation of something terrible ... and the terrible never comes.

@Dragonfly--Yes! and not just lost love, other stuff too. :)

@Tracy--I think I'm the queen of that. :)

@Brandee--Exactly! Watching those things leave is the best part, the reward in itself.

@Roxanne--This is so true!! I have long hair, which is mostly pinned back. I would chop it all off if it wasn't for the occasional joy of wearing it completely down.

@Wholly Jeanne--Thanks!! I actually had the exact same experience when I was writing it. i wasn't sure where I was heading ... :)

Shannon W.

You and your writing and your heart are beautiful.


Balloons in flight are one of my personal symbols. They do something for me that I never even attempt to describe to other people. To find them here, now, is a source of profound joy for me.

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