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Sand Dollars & Reminders

by Tickled Red on December 13, 2010 · 12 comments

Every once in a while the weekly grind will catch up with me. The multitude of daily tasks and responsibilities will overshadow what should be savored, not merely completed. For a brief moment I forget to treasure the simple things that I love. Then something like a fragile little sand dollar will remind me about the complexities, beauty and wonder of life again. A symbol of much more than the sea, the sand dollar is a sometimes forgotten symbol of Christmas.

The flower on the front of a sand dollar represents the Easter Lily with the star of Bethlehem in it’s center.

On the back is the outline of a Poinsettia, the Christmas flower.

The legend of the sand dollar also tells of the 5 doves that are held safely inside.

When a sand dollar is broken open it is said to spread good will and peace.

I know that during the holidays we can all get caught up in the rush, myself included. So during the next two weeks while we are making sure the house looks perfect,  everything’s taken care of at work, chasing after last minute gifts and running from party to party…let’s not forget to pause for a few moments.

Savor the joy of the holidays. There isn’t another holiday where we get to envelop all five of our senses with so many expressions of warmth, ardent friendship and love.

Sending you all good will, peace and joy this week my friends.

Love,

Tickled Red

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Amy | She Wears Many Hats December 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Love this reminder Red! Merry Christmas!

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Monica December 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Beautiful! I love the reminder!

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citymom December 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I didn’t know about the sand dollar! Now I’ll be on the lookout.
Thanks, Ellen

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Barbara @ Vino Luci Style December 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I love these stories; they so take me back to NC…a place you know I love and your reminders of memories make those moments less long ago…thanks!

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Rose in Ohio December 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Wonderful post. Everything in nature points us straight to our Creator!

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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Mandy - The Complete Cook Book December 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm

My husbands home town in South Africa (Plettenberg Bay) has a very similar shell called a Pansy Shell and is the towns emblem and it’s legend is the same as the Sand Dollar.
:-) Mandy

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Michelle December 16, 2010 at 11:42 am

Merry Christmas, Shari. Sending a big hug…

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Meredith December 18, 2010 at 11:00 am

I never thought about a sand dollar that way! Of course I’ve only seen a few in my lifetime. Amazing.

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Souffle Bombay December 30, 2010 at 11:52 am

Wow! Loved that, I had no idea!

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Sue January 1, 2011 at 1:17 am

Thanks for the reminder of the symbolism of the sand dollar! Beautiful.

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Nancy @SensitivePantry January 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

Yes. Savor. I like that word. Been looking for one for 2011 and that might just be the one. Hoping you and yours have a wonderful New Year!

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My Modern Country January 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

This is beautiful! I am just now getting around and catching up on my fav. blogs.

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