Confessions of a Former Scrooge

Confessions of a Former Scrooge

Watching me on my video in my special Santa outfit I bet you’d never guess that there was a time in my life when I couldn’t bear the holiday season, spending it many times by myself, counting the minutes until it was over and done with.

Christmas was such a big deal in my family but the 8 years before my parents’ deaths it turned from a joyous celebration into a dreaded holiday. My father had lost everything at the age of 75, and we were poor and scrambling. Everyone got drunk and said not very nice things. I was the only sober one by 1986 but went into a full on eating disorder the minute I stepped in the door.

Santa never did get his plate of cookies.

A few short years later my father took ill that Christmas (27 years ago) and died a couple months later on my sisters birthday early February (she found him dead in a chair), and the next year my mom got brain cancer just before Christmas then also died in February.

It was as if the pain, and anger and sorrow got branded into my heart and shrunk it and my way to combat the grief was to ban Santa and all things ho ho ho forever.
I waxed eloquently of the social disgrace of consumerism around the holidays and waned with such self- centeredness to anyone who would listen about my sad family story.

Then I met my first husband and although the marriage lasted only a minute, and didn’t cure me of heartache as it was supposed to (at least that was what I expected- although it did sent me into some serious therapy after– so that was good), I tried to like Christmas but sadly again, it just wasn’t for me.

Wah Wah Wah Bah Humbug.

One Christmas I sat home and ate a tuna sandwich.
Poor lil ole me.

The next year I decided I was sick of my holiday history and decided to do something with my sad self. I served turkey with my sober friends at a soup kitchen and that was the moment I began to thaw. Connecting to people less fortunate than I was an eye opener and a way to feel like I had something to offer. It wasn’t about me anymore, it was about sharing and giving and smiling at people who needed that smile so very badly.

It was the best Christmas I had spent in a long time. It certainly was one of the most meaningful.
I had forgotten to eat and when I got home to my little dog I scarfed down a tuna sandwich and it was the best one I had ever tasted!
I sat up and watched Christmas movies and finally let myself bawl my eyes out and feel the grief.

When I met my forever husband Marc, he came with more Christmas spirit than any person could handle and it quickly rubbed off on me.
It was joy for joy’s sake, love to spread around and we opted to forgo giving each other gifts so that we could help others in need instead.

It was about the spirit of the season not about the shopping, although I love to shop! Heck it makes me happy and why not? But Santa Claus isn’t about that for me.
To be honest it all boils down to this ‘ til the season to be jolly falalalalalallala !! And, every year we put giving ahead of everything else my history was rewritten one day at a time. I have fond memories of Christmas past now.

Anyway.. we all need some joy and happiness this season. I saw this fantastic video and I want to share this with you. I watched it maybe 10 times now!

Also to say thank you for hanging out with me and reading my blogs and adding your thoughts to the comments so I am gifting you with the full meditation package from my first book Remembering the Future. I so hope you will enjoy them.

LOVE YOU ALL !!!

love-colette-heart

 

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  • Lori
    Reply

    You are my Sister hero

  • Luciana Green
    Reply

    Dearest Colette…you touch my soul very deeply..you open my heart to spirit so powerfully when u speak.. I love listening to you..you express the most profound thoughts so articulately and I am so grateful for your honesty and your deep, loving commitment to humanity.Thanks from the bottom of my heart!.Merry Xmas to you & Marc with love!

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      sending you so much love oxoxoxo

      • brenda
        Reply

        thanks Colette=Merrry Christmas! loved the video and so love you and your readings <3

  • Gwen
    Reply

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS COLETTE TO YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND ALL HERE IN THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY!!!

  • Jas
    Reply

    This was beautiful written. I felt the picture you painted in the soup kitchen. So touching. XO

  • Julie
    Reply

    Colette, Marc & Fur Babies;

    May you all enjoy the peace and joy of this blessed season.
    May the new year be filled with more love, abundance and prosperity
    than you imagine.

    Thank you for sharing your teachings.
    Hugs & Love

  • Eva
    Reply

    Dear Colette,
    your stories is really touching.

    I can relate to that because this year is the first year in almost a decade where I am looking forward to Christmas.
    In 2007 my daugter was born and it should have been a great year. But my husband got diagnosed with cancer and had a major surgery that year. He barely survived and from that moment on everything had a heavy and bittersweet feeling to it. Every year we did not know if it would be the last Christmas for us. He died in spring 2010 at 36.
    Since then every year with the Holiday Season coming closer I just wanted to escape. My little Girl of course loved every bit of it and I forced myself through everything to see her happy. I Thing I did a good Job there.
    My new Partner didn’t make it easier as he had a problem with Christmas (I still don’t know why) and always wanted to escape too.

    Now this year I began my journey and I found myself again.This also meant splitting up with my Partner and preparing to go back to my hometown to live close to my Family again. We will spend Christmas there and I am soo looking forward to it – being with all the lovely and crazy happy People – Family and Friends – at home.

    Thank you so much for inspiring me and for all the Tools I can use on my way. They have helped me a lot and will do so in the future. <3

  • Sandi
    Reply

    Colette, thank you for writing this blog, I needed to read it today. This Christmas is so tough for my family. My 15-yr old son struggles with mental illness and this year has been the hardest for him, my husband, my younger son and me. This year my son became depressed and suicidal. A week ago he was admitted into the psychiatric hospital and a couple days ago transferred to a residential treatment center for adolescents with mental issues. He will be there at least 30 days and will not spend Christmas at home with his family. We are all so sad and I can’t bring myself to decorate or open the Christmas cards coming in the mail. Your blog lifted me up a little. If you can find your joy after so many sad Christmases then certainly I can find my joy after just 1. Thank you and I love you.

  • Linda Volk
    Reply

    Hi Collette,

    Thank you so much for writing this. It really resonates with me this year especially. I have been having a little pity party for myself for awhile because it’s been a very tough year financially and personally. I haven’t even put up a tree or decorated. I don’t know where I’m spending Christmas day. My son lives out west and my family Christmas happened last weekend. Friends are all busy with their families and I don’t yet have anyone “special” in my life.

    This morning, I asked my guides what I should do and they said to “rest, meditate, pray and make it a truly holy day.” They also said that someone would ask me out for dinner and that I should go and enjoy the friendship with humility and gratitude. So that is what I’m going to do. I feel very much at peace and, really, isn’t that what Christmas is all about? My guides also indicated that these problems are a temporary situation I’m going through, necessary for the growth of my soul. That feels true. Next year I will be doing the whole Santa thing in a big way but this year I am quietly honouring my own spirit and the spirit of Christmas.

    Love, Linda

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      that one Christmas I was alone I made it holy and it was beautiful 😉

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    There’s nothing like serving in a soup kitchen – making someone’s life a little better up close and personal. Very happy your life story turned out so well.

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      it really brought it home that self forgetting is the answer.. giving to others less fortunate has an even greater gift.. the deepest profound sense of gratitude and JOY!

  • Faith Oglesby
    Reply

    A very, Merry Christmas to you Colette, your husband Marc, the fur babies, and everyone you hold dear to your heart. Thank you for your gift of helping others be the best and to seek the best for their own lives.

    I look forward to reading your future blogs and to see how 2017 unfolds for each of us!

  • Donna
    Reply

    Ever so much Love to you and Marc today and always.
    Your blog makes my heart sing,
    as I am also embracing the small moments this treasured season brings.
    The Sunday webinar was Amazing!
    Enjoy- Enjoy

  • Denise
    Reply

    Dear Colette- Thank you for sharing your gifts, you have touched my heart and soul. Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday season ✨💕✨

  • Marci
    Reply

    That was AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing, Colette. Merry Christmas to you, Marc and the puppies! Mmmwah! Oh, and thank you so much for the meditation downloads.
    Blessings!

  • Rollyne
    Reply

    I believe this is the last Christmas I will have my mother on this earth, I am cherishing every moment. Thank you for sharing and baring your soul. Love you!

    Merry Christmas to you and Marc and all your loved ones (family or not!)

    Namaste

    Rollyne

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    Merry Christmas and Happiest of New Years. The Oracle class rocked the planet and I’m anxious;y awaiting 2017! Hugs to you, Marc and all you loved ones.

  • Laurie Z
    Reply

    Merry Christmas and Happiest of New Years. The Oracle class rocked the planet and I’m anxiously awaiting 2017! Hugs to you, Marc and all your loved ones.

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    Colette: Thank you for the gift that is you. And wishing love and blessings for everyone reading this page. We’re not alone, even when sometimes it appears that way. I believe that the love reflected in the words on this page is a powerful force that benefits our lives in ways we may not realise. And Colette, I’ve just finished listening to your oracle webinar and found it beautiful and uplifting. Thank you for that too. Namaste.

  • Lois
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing Colette. A good inspiration. For the lady who’s son won’t be home for Christmas you can celebrate when he gets home. I used to do that when my husband and later my son were in the Military. Christmas in February–oh yeah! Does it really matter what day? It’s the Celebration of Peace, Goodwill and Family.

  • Jill
    Reply

    Colette. Thank you for the gift that is you. I really enjoy your blog posts. And wishing love and blessings to everyone reading this page. We’re not alone, even when sometimes it appears to be that way. I believe that the love reflected in the words of this page is a powerful force that can benefit all our lives in ways we may not realise. And I just finished listening to your oracle webinar and found it beautiful and uplifting. So thank you for that too. Namaste.

  • Tara
    Reply

    Thank you Colette for sharing your personal story. You demonstrate courage by showing your vulnerabilities and help so many people suffering with their own. I so enjoyed your webinar on Sunday and have shared the replay with friends. Keep shining your beuatiful light!

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    Happy Christmas to you, Marc, and your ADORABLE doglets!!!

  • Colleen
    Reply

    Happy Christmas to you, Marc and your ADORABLE doglets!

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing your love and joy throughout the year. As you can relate I am finding it a little hard to find the joy this year as my golden crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Wishing you and yours the merriest of Christmases.

  • Colette
    Reply

    Colette thank you so much for sharing your story with us, made me feel a lot less vulnerable and your oracle reading also made me realize that there is a Christmas worth celebrating this year even if my circumstances have changed. Thank you so much for all you have given me with your love and wisdom –Merry Christmas to you, your husband Mark, and those precious fur pups that are too cute for words. Love you!

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    Good day wow after reading all these comments isn’t it nice to see so many appreciate you and all that you share. It breaks my heart to hear so many of those experiencing tough times. It’s funny how holidays that are man made put such enormous pressure on us doesn’t seem right. Personally, I try not to be guided by what society say we should be do or have and stay centered. I too have worked on Christmas Day serving meals and it’s fun. My birthday is on the 24th and let me tell you it’s never been much of a birthday only b/c there’s another person who seems to get more attention!! lol and that’s ok I feel special in my own little way. Colette you sharing your own personal stories which I love even though sometimes not so good it makes others feel like ok I am not the only one going through this. You make it real and personal and it’ helps others it truly does. My sister lost her son who was 24 recently from an overdose Fentanyl she’s been all over the news and in the papers stood at the Leg bringing awareness to this awful drug and it’s been great that way. He was a beautiful soul, really good looking, he and I had a special bond, even though he referred to me as his crazy Aunt mostly b/c I lived outside the box! But,let me tell you privately my sister is not not doing good and it’s extremely difficult to watch. I have lost my sister and may never get her back and it breaks my heart. So these holidays that arise just make everything compounded. Ok I didn’t want to go in this direction and make it seem like I too was having a difficult time. I am good I just wish that we weren’t so guided by these holidays. I wish you and your husband and kids a healthy happy, holiday. I’ve enjoyed all your books immensely. Anyone that knows me knows about you b/c I am always going on and on about you! lol I take your cards everywhere and I am getting much better at it. My friends love your cards as I do too. One day I hope to me you no I will I will I see it in my cards! ha ha hugs and blessings Barb and kisses to my little bundles of joy! You rock!

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      give her time… right now its so deep and a mom should never have to bury her son. sending you big love

      • Anonymous
        Reply

        Thank you Colette, yes I am very aware of her pain I truly am. Life will never be the same. Thank you thank you, for taking the time to write. Hugs and kisses………Jessie Last-Kolb we love you more than you could ever know, keep talking to me! Your crazy Aunt B aka Queenie

  • susan thornton
    Reply

    Love the message! Merry, Happy Santa’ing! All the blessings of the world to you and Marc. Appreciate the video too. What beautiful energy to call in this week. Yay!!!! xoxo

  • Lisa
    Reply

    Colette .. I am happy to have read your blog .. I read every one this year !! .. this one is so lovely .. i have hated Christmas since we lost our house in 2010 .. before that it was a fun non traditional Aquarius inspired event with pineapple plants as Christmas trees etc. and food and laughs and a few small gifts for the children .. this year life has offered me many ways to leave the past story behind and i am feeling pretty good about the holidays .. we will have a lovely day with food, fun, laughs and even a great surprise gift for each of our children .. thank you for consistently teaching me that i have the power to change my story, you have been my tour guide on the ride to living my life in an authentic way .. what a blessing indeed .. thank you .. Merry Christmas !! ..Big BIG LoVe .. Lisa

  • Elizabeth
    Reply

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, and thank you for your meditation gift!

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    That video is AWESOME! The way Christmas should be. 🙂 <3 Love it.

  • Carol
    Reply

    That video is AWESOME! The way Christmas should be… 🙂 Love to you!!

  • Treena
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story. It gives hope to so many people that things can and do change. God Bless You.

  • Susan
    Reply

    Dearest Collette,
    How do I love thee, let me count the ways…I’ve only been awake a few years, but count myself lucky to have found you to help me through my transformation. I connected with your blog because I have been doing the same that you used to do– drowning in past memories of christmas’ that were not so happy. And like you were, I am generally by myself, saying that I’m against consumerism, which I am. But really, I don’t want to face the pain of being alone so I tell myself it is a conscious choice, when really it is because I have isolated myself on purpose to avoid the pain. This is the first time I’ve admitted this. And guess what: I’m going to change it–this year!! I invited friends over this year, and also Spirit has opened a huge door and I found a man online that I know I can love and can love me. I credit you for this huge switch. You Oracle Cards have been guiding me for some time now, and I am grateful for that and for Uncharted, which I am also working through slowly in order to completely absorb. Since I feel like a master manifester and co -creator right now, I’m putting it out there that I will meet you one day and go to your workshops as much as my schedule and budget will allow.
    I love you Collette!! Happy, Happy Christmas and a beautiful new year. I turn 53 on Jan. 1st and I feel like I’m 20 again–you have a lot to do with that. Keep shining that perfect light on us.

  • Debbie
    Reply

    Your blogs really warm my heart. Thank you. Your webinar was fabolous.
    We´ll all be cherising Santa here. Thank you for the uplift.
    All the best to you and your husband and your furry babies.
    Love.

  • Debbie
    Reply

    Forgot to tell you thank you so much for the gift. It is really great to receive this.
    Thank you for being so generous.
    Your such a nice lady.
    Love,

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    I have been sober now for almost eight years. I so admire your bravery and how you bare your soul to help others. You inspire me Colette to be the best that I can be and to see things from my big self! Sending so much love to you and to all the lovely people who follow you.

    Namaste

  • Sabine Görtz
    Reply

    Happy Santa Holidays to you! I still like make old fashion merry Christmas lol.
    You make my 2016 a very interesting one for sure, thank you for leading us and being such a great “big sister” to so many women . I sure look up to you!
    I tried the link in my new “box” but it doesn’t seem to work.
    Thank you!

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      sending you big big love.. not sure I know what you mean about the link? it should work!

  • Joan
    Reply

    Thank you Colette, for the sweet video and for the meditation gift. Merry Christmas!

  • Edna
    Reply

    Hi Cole,
    Merry Christmas to you and Marc, along with your furry Family. I wanted to say Love and Gratitude for your Christmas presents to all of us. Loved the Webinar on Sunday. Your Blog was Awesome. Your Soul Shines through so Bright!! I feel so privileged to have received your love and Kindness this Christmas!!

    Much Love,
    Edna Sanchez

  • Edna
    Reply

    Hi Colette,
    Merry Christmas to you and Marc, along with your furry Family. I wanted to say Love and Gratitude for your Christmas presents to all of us. Loved the Webinar on Sunday. Your Blog was Awesome. Your Soul Shines through so Bright!! I feel so privileged to have received your love and Kindness this Christmas!!

    Much Love,
    Edna Sanchez

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    What a beautiful story, and so well said. I love stories with happy endings.

    May Spirit bless you and your entire family, including your fur babies, with all you could possibly need. You have a beautiful heart and I thank you for all you do.

  • Barbara Marie
    Reply

    The video is priceless… and during the past 2 decades, I have spent several of those holidays… Thanksgiving mostly, serving those less needy and bringing cheer to others. Giving back is an exhilarating feeling. Thank you for your transparent, endearing posts. You remind me of the “me” that I once was but have lost over the past several years… and your exuberance, vulnerability, teachings and spirit give me hope that I will once again reclaim her. Thank you for who you are, Colette. You are so loved. Merry Christmas! Enjoy the holiday season!

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      Thank you so much and to everyone here who I didn’t respond to personally MERRY XMAS and GIANT HUG!!!

  • Barbara Marie
    Reply

    oh, and btw, I forgot to thank you for the lovely gift of the meditation… I so enjoy those!!!

  • Bonnie
    Reply

    Thank you so much for your teachings/blog posts throughout the year. I have issues with a mild case of the “down in the dumps” this time every year, no family close, Jewish husband wah wah wah ….. but I’m more able to lift myself up now. Thank you also for your webinar … I feel somewhat better about the future since watching it. Merry Christmas to you and Marc and a great New Year to all of us.

  • Debra Harrrison
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing…It is always liberating to realize that others care and join in on the healing process..Luv that happing ending to your journey…So glad you had the courage ot survive the turmoil and find the peace that we enjoy.Merry Christmas however you choose to spend it and hope that 2017 will be a kind year to us all….Hugs!!!

  • lori
    Reply

    I really like reading your writings. TY Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017

  • Veena
    Reply

    Thanks Colette for all your gifts! You are truly amazing and inspiring! Merry Christmas and a Happy Happy New Year. Love and Regards. Namaste! 🙂

  • Skylar Perea
    Reply

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to both you Colette,and Marc also to your adorable pups!
    It has been a hard year for many of us my family included you are a true inspiration to us thank you for sharing your story as well as your spiritual gifts with us all I love your beautiful heart and the awesome downloads thank you!

  • Alannah
    Reply

    Thank you for your beautiful Christmas spirit and gifts of yourself and the meditations Colette 🙂
    I spend Christmas with my furbabies, my beloved dog Zoe and our two cats Tessa and Hailey. I love Christmas! I make little presents for my care workers. The tree is up, even though there are no presents under it, I have so much to be thankful for. I have peace and love in my home and that is such a blessing. I share a special meal with my ‘furmily’.I light candles for all of my loved ones and for people I’ve never met who might need that little lights that day, and one for healing the planet. It’s magical, and I give thanks.
    I give thanks for you often too Colette. thank you for the Christmas gift experiment video, I blubbered like a baby 🙂
    Love and blessings to you and Marc and your furbabies xxxxx

  • Sharon
    Reply

    I love hanging out with you Colette. Thankyou so much for all you do for our community. Your passion for what you do is inspiring and has changed my life for the better in countless ways.
    Merriest of Christmases to you, Marc and your fur babies xox

  • Patricia Travers
    Reply

    That video made me cry. lol. Thank you so much for all the love and wonderful tools you so generously give to each and every one of us. I am so much stronger and healthier now for having you in my life. You are truly a gift to this planet Colette. You’re my Hero!
    Wishing you and your husband and your fur babies a Blessed and Joyful Christmas and New Year.

  • Kathy
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing your story. I admit I hate Christmas. I see it as a time of resentment. I feel sorry for my mum who’s grandkids never contact her. One of my brothers never offers to have her (or me, for that matter) for Christmas, my other brother is a drunk who only ever shows up to make mum feel guilty that he has no where to live. After my dad passed away I decided that I would take mum away for Christmas but even that seems a bit sad and desperate for us both. I hope one day I can change my attitude to Christmas to and it becomes a time of joy.

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      I always say If I can do it so can you 😉 when you’re ready.. I think we just need to assign different meaning to these times so they aren;t so painful!

  • Sidra Pauly
    Reply

    Thank you for the gift Colette. Have a very Happy Christmas <3

  • MaryAnn Burrows
    Reply

    So great to read that everyone has an old story -around Christmas -even you and that we all have the choice and the ability to edit the old, re-write and launch a new one. It’s time to get creative. Thank you for sharing yours. Xo

  • Rachel
    Reply

    Dear Colette

    Thank you for the generous gift of the wonderful meditation package. I am a recent discoverer of Uncharted and am now reading The Map to go with it. Life certainly feels like uncharted territory at the present and I am learning to ride the wave and to live in Faith and not fear. Thank you for being an inspiration to me and many others. Your warmth and generosity of spirit is truly felt. I am grateful for being part of your tribe. Sending Christmas and New Year blessings.

  • Brenda
    Reply

    Colette, thank you for sharing. I have a very hard time with Christmas. I get sad, I cry at Christmas songs, walk into a store to shop and turn around and leave with tears in my eyes. I don’t know where the sadness comes from but when it hits, I know I go back in time or it feels that way, because I know I am a little girl. I am 59 years old. The last couple of years were better, but this year has been hard. I’m not married and am not dating. My daughter is married and they are close by, about 2 hours away. I will see them on the 23rd but I’ll be alone on Christmas. Once the New Year is over, I’m better and the weight is gone and I get on with life and actually have a lot of fun. I wish I could figure out how to rid myself of the sadness and actually enjoy Christmas. I know I’m not the only one, but sometimes it sure feels like it

  • D 'onna Jacot
    Reply

    Hi Colette
    2014 my world came crashing in
    Feb my mom passed
    April my husband
    2015 I almost lost my daughter
    Sometimes I’m afraid to breathe for fear of what’s to come
    Thank you for your inspirational hope
    You are a blessing to me and many

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      sending you much love.. the past need not define our future.. so sorry for your losses

  • LMA
    Reply

    Thank you for your soul shining thru to us all. You have deeply touched my heart….and encouraged me to see that there can be a miracle.

  • Grace Nightsky
    Reply

    Thank you.

  • Leigh
    Reply

    Christmas blessings to you and yours, Colette! I’ve enjoyed this year with you in so many ways. I want to say thank you for ALL you do for your community. I’ve had an incredible year, thanks in part to you! In gratitude, Leigh

  • Sze Wing
    Reply

    Beautifully written!!! First time being pregnant, I have been feeling more than ever the impulses to give to those who are less fortunate. Having another soul brewing in me made me feel much more connected to the Great Spirit and all of humanity. May more love and light are spread to each and everyone during this Christmas.

  • Dawn
    Reply

    Love you, Happy Holidays.xoxo

  • Kate
    Reply

    I have been reading your blog for months and have not, until now, commented… thank you! You are so talented at getting to our, the readers, heart. And mine. Happy holidays. Celebrating the old year and the coming of the new year, and praying for peace in the Now.
    Happy Christmas!

  • Angela
    Reply

    Thanks Colette. Yup I can relate to being in ‘Christmas is a disaster story for me’. …. But over the past few years thats changed….I love sharing my Xmas with my Yoga teacher….we are both vegetarians and don’t drink and its a quiet and fun afternoon. This year we will have an addition, a friend that he met in India whilst teaching there, who is from Asia and wants to practice yoga with him, as I already do, and is spending 3 months with him. So I will go collect the newbie as he is staying only just up the road, and off we go to share a yummy Xmas lunch, the 3 of us together…..I have enjoyed getting the gifts together that are creative and nurturing and I next look forward to making some yummy foods …… Yes I love Xmas now…..
    I’ll be sharing the evening with a client as she doesn’t speak english and so we communicate via the app on her phone….she loves the treatments she has with me as they have helped her enormously, I also think too because she is alone that regular contact is working well for her…. she isn’t into xmas but I thought why not, I’m not doing anything else Xmas night as friends are away. Happy Xmas to you and your Man and those bewdiful doggies…..You’re an inspiration and I love how you are just you…. <3

  • Linda-"JOY"
    Reply

    Colette, you are one of those special people who has made such a profound difference in my life. Your spirit of love and light shines so brightly and with this Co-creation of sharing, we are navigating the UNCHARTED, finding our true selves, speaking our truths and shining our light for others. Wishing you, Marc, your fur babies and all you hold dear a blessed holiday season filled with special memories. May 2017 bring you continued Joy, Love, Light and Peace.

  • Shelley S
    Reply

    Dearest Colette
    Thank you for sharing your story of how you transformed pain and grief into joy- truly the courageous work of a spiritual alchemist. You have truly inspired and uplifted me since I ” found” you in November 2014. You walk your talk with zest for life which is completely engaging. I thank you and honour you as a teacher and leader to your Tribe. 😊
    I wish all the very best, and more , to you, your husband Marc and your band of little fur people. Bless you, and thank you so much for your generous heart and for the love you shine out to us all.❤️

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      Thank you so so much… so cool.. you are the third person in 2 days to refer to me as a spiritual alchemist. Think I will keep that one 😉

  • Amrita
    Reply

    Thank you, Colette. Big love to you and all your loved ones. Love hanging out with you! 😊💖

  • Susan
    Reply

    Colette,I just love your honesty about life and you are so damn funny too heh heh hee .Merry xmas my friend

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    Collette! I find at this time of year is sorta of a mixed bag. I get that that there people less fortunate than me. But working retail can suck the life right out of you at Christmas time. They have no cheer, are cranky, rude, and have an air of entitlement. All while we have to sit back with a smile and take it. Not really fond of people @ this time of year. I try to find the good, and most days I can find something( even if it’s I made it thru the day) I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, so it’s helps to commiserate with coworkers sometimes. Christmas is supposed to be fun, and for me it just isn’t any more. but alas I am blessed with a warm home, food to eat , and clothes on my back. I just miss that child like wonder, that went away a long time ago.

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      you know.. you can find it again if you are willing to give hope to others. Try the soup kitchen. You will find that sparkle again. So many need love, compassion and a hot meal.

  • Tiziana Amagda Morgana
    Reply

    Thank you so much fot sharing. My last three or four Christmas were sad, and this one too, because I have no money to buy gifts for my loved ones. This year I bought nothing even for my son’s daughter, and she’s only 11 years old. I hope I can find at least a little book before Sunday… and hope also that Santa Claus send me a job or some clients for Oracle and Astrology work as a present… however, I wish you and your husband a Happy Yule and Merry Christmas. Blessings of Light

  • Ann marie
    Reply

    I needed to read this. Collette I remember getting sober right after reading one of your books on 2006. All I can say is you saved my life. Thank you for the beautiful story ! God bless you beyond and merry Christmas ❤

  • Ali
    Reply

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Colette! <3

  • Johanne Cyr
    Reply

    Merry Christmas Colette ! If I was to try and remember how it is that I found you, I draw a blank. My journey to self=discovery for a while now has been blessed the day you came into my life. You are a beautiful, kind, generous soul who has a special gift (many actually)and with your love and humour you enter our souls non-stop with the teachings of a better life in a whimiscal way. I so appreciate all the wonderful gifts you bestow on us. We met personally at the Toronto Uncharted, a weekend I gifted myself and have not forgotten the buzz that still follows me. As an ACOA I have dreaded Christmas for far too many years but that will change, I have promised myself and I am true to my word. Between you and Dr.Joe my wings are growing and I am anxious to celebrate a new and different life from this day forward. Thank you again, you are a blessing. Happy holidays to you, Marc and your furry friends. Johanne Cyr

  • Connie Bendig
    Reply

    Have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
    I enjoy your weekly readings.
    The gift of giving video today was awesome. That is what Christmas is about!

  • Michele
    Reply

    Dearest Colette,
    Thank you so much for helping us all by sharing your experiences. You always give me so much hope, you’re so cheerful and positive, truly you are a bright Light and shine on us in such a healing way. Deeply grateful for your presence. Many, many blessings to you and your whole family, furry and all 😉
    Have a very, very Merry ho ho ho Christmas!!!

  • DAWNE JUBB
    Reply

    Colette,

    You are a treasure and such an inspiring gift the universe has given to me. Thank you again for your guidance, inspiration, honesty, your willingness to be open and vulnerable, and of course the exceptional tools you offer to me to aid the “co-creation” of a fulfilled life.

    Merry Christmas Colette.

    Your follower, student, cheerleader, and not so secret admirer,

    Dawne
    …a Canadian

  • Marilyn Kurtz
    Reply

    Merry Christmas Colette🎄🎁💐
    Love love love your Blog. THANKYOU so much. As usual, I resonate with a lot of it. You look so awesomely beautiful in your santa hat😁
    I wear a Santa hat the whole month of December.😁 I love spreading love and laughter, it’s my passion. We’d have a lot of fun hanging together. Hoping that will happen some day. Until then I carry you in my heart. Colette, sending you mega love vibes. Have fun being you! boop boop BE do. Peace & Love ❤️

  • Christine Nault
    Reply

    There is so much about your energy and authenticity this world needs. When I read your posts and books, listen to your videos and hold your cards (which I have used for years) I feel as though I’ve known you my whole existence. Thank you for this honest and delicate post. It inspires on so many levels. Thank you beautiful soul!!

  • Michele Drzewiecki
    Reply

    Watching the video clip Christmas 24 was just so inspiring! It brought tears to my eyes! Being able to see what can happen, when you spread love! Something that I have been trying to do since I saw you in the summer at Lily Dale. You have challenged me to become a better person, looking at the world, and all who are in it in a new loving light. It is amazing how much joy, and happiness come into you, and you broadcast to others, when you show love. Thank You for all you do!

    I am hoping that you and your family all have a very Merry Christmas, and a Blessed New Year!

  • Lydia
    Reply

    Thank you Colette,

    I really do mean this. Thank you for your outstanding generosity. I attended your Sunday webinar, and just listened to the replay you posted. It’s amazing how beneficial it can be to go over it again…. and I wanted to say how much I loved your prayer/meditation.
    Thank you for being so present… hope to see you on tv soon, you are such an inspiration.

    P.s although I love to hear from you, don’t forget to rest a little during the holidays! 🙂

    Love and blessings,

    Lydia

  • Barbara Marie
    Reply

    Dear CBR… your gracious gift of the meditation package has touched me deeply this week… the timing was perfect because Mercury Retrograde has been messing intensely with my relationships while I was having spiritual narcolepsy. I have listened to four of the meditations (one each day) and am grateful that you share your giftedness with us. xoxox

  • Barbara Marie
    Reply

    Oh, and one more note… my card this morning was Serpent… so apropos!

  • Joy McElroy
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing your Christmas stories, and thank you for sharing your amazing gifts with us year-round. You have made a positive, fun, difference in my life, and it makes me want to do the same for others. I very much appreciate the meditations from RTF- I love to meditate! Merry Christmas, Colette!

  • Barbe SaintJohn
    Reply

    Happy Holidays Clausette!!! LOL, you are so adorable!!!
    This weeks reading was so accurate for me this week with the cards Imagine-Going the Distance-A Leg Up -Here and Now. YES!!!!! Yesterday a friend revealed because of hard times, van needing major repair and her husband leaving her with a new baby a few months ago-that she had no money for gifts for her four children. She asked if anyone had used things they could donate to her. I had had a few Christmas’s as a child where Santa “forgot” to make it to our house.That kind of situation is so crushing to a child’s spirit and the parent’s too. I knew I just had to do something, so I decided to tap into the magick spirit of the holiday. I put a call out for a few Santa’s Elves on my facebook wall and was hoping to get a couple of friends who would send her a few dollars via paypal. PayPal at this late date was the easiest way because she could use her paypal debit card and buy some gifts immediately. I was overwhelmed with offers of money, gifts, clothing, toys and food for her. She and her children will now have a truly amazing Christmas, not just because the physical presents but because of the love avalanche and caring from some many people.

  • Shelley
    Reply

    I shared earlier this week but I have a heartwarming true Christmas story to share here, I hope that is OK. It’s about connectedness.One of my colleagues is REALLY into Christmas, beyond the beyond. We lovingly tease her about it because she makes such a production. She has a 6 year old daughter, who wanted to draw some Santa cards for people in her Gr 1 class. She Googled how to draw a Santa, and began to draw some samples on Monday evening.They came out really well, and the little girl was happy with her results. She told her Mom she was going to make one for each of her classmates. The Mom, being a practical gal, asked how many children were in her daughter’s class? “25”, says the little girl.The Mom said “well, that could take quite awhile. Lets figure out how long it will take. The two did the math. Mom said, this will take you X amount of time if you make one for *everyone*. The little girl thought a moment, and then said.. “well, I’d best get at it, then”, and began drawing her cards. She worked at her project right after school every night when she got home, and with just enough time, she had all 25 cards made. 🙂 ♥ This little One has the Spirit of Christmas figured out…..♥

  • carrie
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story. I have so much pain associated with this holiday from years and years of abuse I can not find the joy in it however fate has given me a son who thinks this holiday is a magical masterpiece and for him I carry joy and bury my pain. But I feel the pain so intensley this year this month has been rough. I know I need to release it. I hope one day to find joy and peace again. I need to battle my inner goblins better. 😉

  • Amrita
    Reply

    Merry Christmas, Colette!
    Knowing you has been seriously life changing. Don’t know how I’d have got through life sometimes, if I hadn’t found your work and gained new perspectives.
    You have been a blessing in my life and the lives of so many people.
    Thank you for being you!
    Sending you bucketloads of love, joy and blessings – to you, Marc and all your loved ones. Big Hugs!!!

  • Jan
    Reply

    Put the tree up this year…it’s been a few years…I tried to get into the Christmas spirit…
    I ran around the city gifting people, paying it forward and yes, that lifted my spirits… Christmas to me is a feeling, sights, sounds, scents…an awakening of the senses…but the connection is not there once I get home…the tree isn’t working, but it’s not the tree, it’s the atmosphere… need to shake things up in the new year into the uncharted…
    Hoping that next year I’m sharing a tuna sandwich with my cat…
    Merry Christmas Colette, Marc and the fur babies… ❄️🎄❄️🐾

  • Robyn
    Reply

    Dear Colette
    You first came into my life when I purchased The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards. I now have a clear view of how to help others. Luciano Green’s comment describes my feelings perfectly. I live in Brisbane, Australia and will one day get to one of your trainings. Merry Xmas. Looking forward to 2017.
    Robyn Messenger

  • Joanna
    Reply

    Merry HO HO Colette! You make me smile. Now I’m getting my cards out! 🙂 xoxo

  • Jennifer Dyer Windsor
    Reply

    wow, this hit home my mom died in Feb of alcohol destroying her liver we are the same age and have lived lives so much the same events and family situations it is scary. however, you need to know that you taught me to bring all that stuff up look at it own it and let it go. I shared my life stories with my kids I have never done that I am sure they think I was an orphan. I would have never been able to have done that before we all cried and let it all go.
    I have been able to make tough decisions with my husband about his care and my son and his addiction issues.
    I will be forever grateful that you have come into my life and empowered me in such a profound way.
    I feel free and alive and full of purpose for the first time in many years and did Christmas my why this year it was the best and no shopping
    and I love to shop as well.
    Thank -you for just being you

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      this made me cry… I am so touched by your openness your words and story… we are one …

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