Ten Pieces of Inspiration #105

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

1. Lefse


One of the things I associate strongly with the holiday season is the making of potato lefse. For those unfamiliar, lefse is a Norwegian food in which potatoes are combined with other ingredients to make a thin pastry, not too unlike a soft flour tortilla. This pastry is typically spread with a thin coating of butter, a sprinkling of sugar, and a dash or two of cinnamon for a wonderful treat.

Thanks to Ivar Husevåg Døskeland for the image.

2. Bing Crosby and David Bowie – Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth

There’s something about generational cross-overs like this one that I really enjoy. Their voices work surprisingly well together, too.

3. Christmas tree

Danya watching me from inside the christmas tree

The family Christmas tree is covered in ornaments with personal meaning. A story can be told about each and every one.

Thanks to Jon Ross for the image.

4. Lindsey Sterling – What Child Is This

This is an amazing violin rendition of the holiday classic. Watching Lindsey’s videos has made my five year old daughter repeatedly say that she wishes she could do that.

5. Presents


Christmas gifts aren’t about the things wrapped inside. It’s about love. It’s about remembering someone and telling them that you care.

Thanks to Stuart Caie for the image.

6. Vince Guaraldi Trio – O Tannenbaum

This particular performance of the song makes me think of my children, every single time. I can’t help but think of their growing excitement as Christmastime approaches.

7. Chestnuts


Chestnuts look and smell and taste like Christmas to me. There’s nothing quite like buttery chestnuts still incredibly warm from the oven.

Thanks to Pauline Mak for the photo.

8. Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow

We’re about to have the first white Christmas in quite a while. I couldn’t be happier about it, actually. (Though I do know that by mid-February, I’ll be ready for the snow to leave.)

9. Sledding


It’s been ground into me over a lifetime of Christmases, white and otherwise. To me, Christmas Eve just isn’t Christmas Eve if you don’t get to fly down the hill on a sled. Even better – you fly down the hill with friends laughing right alongside you.

Thanks to Becky Gregory for the image.

10. Bing Crosby – White Christmas

This song, perhaps more than any other, puts me right into the holiday mood. It reminds me strongly both of Christmases as a child and of Christmases with my own children.

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