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Nugget # 108 Life lessons from Santa Paws 2!


Hi friends,

Hope you’re enjoying the Christmas Season. This week’s nugget came to me as I was watching the Disney Holiday Musical Santa Paws 2. Click here for trailer.

Santa Paws 2 is  a wonderful reminder to us about the real spirit of Christmas. The story is about how Mrs. Claus(wife of Santa Claus) travels to the town of Pineville with the playful Santa Pups who start granting wishes to the children. Things go awfully wrong when a boy named Carter angrily wishes there was never any Christmas. As his wish comes true, we see how his gloom (which is aptly represented by some flying black dust) actually touches his friend first and then his father later and how they suddenly lose their Christmas joy. Carter’s sister (a true believer in the magic of Christmas) asks Mrs Claus what had happened to her brother. Mrs. Claus explains to Sarah that he had caught a Christmas Cold. The delightful conversation follows…

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Sarah: “A Christmas Cold? How do we make it better?”
Mrs. Claus : “It’s like any other cold, you just help them through it.”
Sarah : “By feeding them soup? And cocoa?”
Mrs. Claus: “That’s partly it ….but a Christmas cold is special, it takes a special kind of treatment to make it better.”
Sarah: “Like what?”
Mrs. Claus: “Umm … like instead of Soup, give him a Hug, instead of medicine, give him lots of love.
Instead of a tissue, give him Christmas cheer. Yes, this is a sickness that is centuries old!
It’s the feeling that makes us lose faith & hope… dear, something we call… A Christmas Cold!”
Mrs. Claus: “Christmas is magic with Glorious Music…”
Sarah: “Heartwarming stories beautifully told…”
Mrs. Claus: “But sometimes we feel kind of sad & lonely… That’s when you’ve caught it, A Christmas Cold!”
Together : “Christmas cold, Oh… how we dread them! Christmas Cold, there’s no joy in town. We won’t let it get us down, No, we won’t let Christmas Cold get us down…”
Click here to hear the whole Christmas Cold Song.

Later we see how the Christmas Cold infects the whole town and how everyone becomes grouchy. Sarah asks Mrs. Claus why she hadn’t caught the cold yet and she replies that Sarah was the strongest believer in Christmas there ever was and that was the reason she was immune to the Christmas Cold which had infected all of Pineville. Sarah then cures her town by singing hope through the radio station.

These are the 2 life lessons that come to my mind:images (1)

1)We are more influential than we realize-  Carter’s wish froze the town and Sarah’s song melted it. Sometimes people may unknowingly steal our joy by thoughtless words or actions and the other way round too. We seldom realize how contagious our attitudes are .So it is very important for us to be mindful of how we affect others. Especially at times when we are feeling low, the best thing we could do (instead of dragging our friend down just because we are blue) is to be a good listener. Who knows ?… if we are open & receptive, some of their positivity would actually rub the gloom off of us!

d93f80a57ded088e6f15c2e43d0954ba--ann-voskamp-liturgical-seasons2) The real meaning of Christmas – In the movie, Sarah was immune to the Christmas Cold only because of her unshakable belief in the magic of Christmas. The Christmas Season is not just a time to decorate our houses with trees, shining lights, stars and bells or a time to bake cakes and ginger bread cookies. It’s not just a festival to drink to and make merry. Or a time only for shopping for toys, gifts and other goodies. But Xmas is the time to become real beacons of light shining brightly where we have been placed and thus lighting up the ever increasing darkness around. A time to replace doom and gloom with purpose and laughter. And this will be possible only when we truly believe with all of our heart that Jesus is the real reason for the Season. 



Nugget of Life : “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but also reflecting.”- Winston Churchill

Click here to hear sweet Sarah sing ‘O Holy Night’. This song, I dedicate to you dear friend this Christmas! May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart & home with joy!

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year!

Lots of love & Christmas cheer,

Sparky Laurie


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Nugget # 48 Life is like Machinery!

Hi friends,

This week’s nugget is inspired by the spectacular 3D adventure drama film HUGO that won 5 Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards. In addition to being an enchanting allure captivating  both children and adults alike, it is also a great tribute to the magic of early cinema. The story is set in 1930’s Paris and revolves around a boy named Hugo who lives in the walls of a train station fixing clocks and gadgets. He is on a quest to fix an automaton in the hope of receiving a message from it; since it was the last thing his father left him before dying. Quite incidentally he meets the lovely Isabelle who becomes his friend and joins him in this breathtaking adventure of solving the intriguing mystery behind the strange drawing the automaton makes for him.

My favorite part was when Hugo takes Isabelle to the back of the giant train station clock and there as they watch the beauty of Paris at night, he makes the following amazing statement: Hugo Cabret: “Right after my father died, I would come up here a lot. I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”

That set me thinking. How very true! Aren’t we all like the different parts of this amazing machinery called life? “I am here for a reason and so are you!” Here are 3 life lessons I could draw out from this:

1) We are all made on purpose for a purpose: On our own, we may seem small and maybe even insignificant. We may look at the whole machinery and wonder “Will it really  matter if I don’t do my part? What difference does it make as long as all the other parts are there?” But the truth is that just like every cog in the machine (even a tiny screw) needs to be in its proper place doing its particular function for the machinery to work, all of us (no matter how trivial/unimportant we may consider our roles in life to be) are specifically designed & equipped for a unique purpose and placed exactly where we need to be.

2) Each of us has a specific role to play: If we try to do another’s role , the machine won’t work. If we refuse to do our role, all the other parts also suffer. Hence we need to recognize our purpose and realize its significance for without us the total purpose can never be fully achieved.

3)Others have their specific roles to play: We need to realize that just as we have our roles to play, others also have their specific roles to play. In order to get the machinery working smoothly, first of all we need to ensure that we are in place in working condition and then we need to cooperate with others as they fulfill their designated purposes.

Nugget of Life : “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

Have a delightful week!


Sparky Laurie


Posted by on March 8, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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