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Season’s blessings!

December 24, 2020

Dear friends,

We at the Lynch household are busy making Cornish pasties, which was our tradition (per his request) to celebrate Mike’s birthday and Father’s Day…we continue to do so to honor his memory.

It seems fitting to have this tonight and tomorrow because we need something special to fill the void of our usual traditions of caroling parties and goodies galore that friends bring. Mike’s grandmother taught his mother how to make them; when I entered the family, she taught me…and now our daughters make them with me. They are simple in ingredients: meat, potatoes and onions, chopped and layered with butter and salt, enveloped in pie dough. The house fills with the aroma, making our stomachs growl in anticipation…as mine is now!

Church services are on Zoom and so is visiting. There is solidarity knowing we are all experiencing pretty much the same scenario…paring down our activities to what matter most and getting creative with what we have. And we have been blessed with much!

And so, no matter how you celebrate, I hope you Celebrate! Next year we will hopefully be able to enjoy our traditions without fetters…and I know we will savor them the more for having to do without them now.

Blessings to you and your loved ones…good health and much joy in abundance! My gift to you is really from both Mike and me…one of his labors of love.

Mele Kalikimaka!


21 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana Aldridge permalink
    January 27, 2021 2:54 p01

    King of Angels Sleep…whoa…one of the most beautiful performances I’ve heard in a while. Your voice is so lovely!

    • January 27, 2021 2:54 p01

      Thank you Diana! It was our practice to produce a song each year to give our family and friends as ‘Christmas cards’. I’m glad you enjoyed it; it’s one of my favorites!

  2. joblutucuta permalink
    January 10, 2021 2:54 p01

    Gostaria de comparar livros ukulele autor

    • January 11, 2021 2:54 p01

      ¿Qué te gustaría saber? Puedo enviarle un enlace al sitio web y al catálogo si eso ayuda.

  3. Jacqueline B. McNabb permalink
    December 29, 2020 2:54 p12

    Thank you for keeping up these posts! I loved Mike’s videos and music books and miss seeing his newest videos.

  4. Robyn permalink
    December 28, 2020 2:54 p12

    Dear Collene, It’s fun making Cornish Pasties; they are part of the general food culture here in Australia. Some of my ancestors are from Cornwall UK. Have fun and keep traditions going. Thanks again for sharing. Mike is always in our hearts and fingers. Praying for a better world for all. Lots of Love Robyn

    • December 28, 2020 2:54 p12

      Aloha Robyn!
      I never thought about Australia having a tradition of pasties…but it makes perfect sense!
      I have 2 questions for you: What kind of dough do you use? (We use a pie dough that includes an egg, lemon juice and a bit of sugar.) And do you add carrots? (We do Not!)
      Thank you for your kind comments about Mike!

  5. Lori Bilkie permalink
    December 26, 2020 2:54 p12

    Dear Collene,

    I’m writing this just to let you know how much I appreciate you keeping Mike’s music alive for us. This was a tough Christmas for us, like so many this year. My husband and I were prepared to host Christmas Eve for our son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter (2 1/2) and our daughter. But last week we became sick and tested positive for Covid. So Christmas morning was only by FaceTime and we haven’t been able to spend any time with our daughter, who flew in from out of state.

    I relay all this to you not to incite sympathy, but to let you know I spent a good chunk of the day yesterday playing my ukulele using Mike’s eBooks. I know you miss him and Christmas may have been hard without him, so I thought you’d like to know he is still inspiring and bringing joy to his pupils. He was the first teacher I found on YouTube when I started out 11 years ago and he is still teaching me today!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. Many blessings to you in 2021!

    Lori Bilkie Parker, CO


    • December 26, 2020 2:54 p12

      Lori, I really appreciate you sharing your story…this is really a year of dashed dreams, isn’t it? But somehow, we are going to come out on the good side of this and in the meantime, we need to buoy each other up!
      Reading this gave me a lump in the throat, but I’m grateful that I loved enough to feel emotional when I think of him-and yes, I miss him, but so happy he will continue to teach long after we are together again! That was his calling; to teach music-to everyone!
      Blessings for the coming year and I’m praying you are over the virus in time to ring in with the rest of a world desperate to begin again!
      Mahalo Nui Loa a Hau’ oli makahiki hou!

  6. Earl Young permalink
    December 25, 2020 2:54 p12

    Hi Collene, All is very well here, keeping my joy up. Hoping that I found a new adult kitty to adopt, missing the love they provide since my other kitty departed across the heavenly bridge to her rest, 10 months ago. Yes, do keep the older traditions alive… the new ways are for the birds. Yes, thanking Mike & U for the labor of loving music and sharing it with all of us.
    Thank U and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A Happy New Year. Earline

    • December 26, 2020 2:54 p12

      So nice to hear from you, Earline, and that the uke is helping to keep your spirits up! It’s going to be better-and won’t we be appreciating all the ordinary things of life that we are missing so much!
      Here’s to the ending of this traumatic/dramatic year and the beginning of a return to good new days ahead!

  7. Dee Fuller permalink
    December 25, 2020 2:54 p12

    Thank you for the update. I keep Mike’s legacy alive as I enjoy playing ukulele esp this time of year. It is a lifesaver in many ways….Mike was one of my initial online teachers.

  8. Dave Maxwell permalink
    December 25, 2020 2:54 p12

    Thank you for staying in touch with Mike’s ukulele fans! Merry Christmas!

  9. Darlene Mercer permalink
    December 24, 2020 2:54 p12

    Dear Colleen and Family —
    Wishing you all happy memories to reflect upon this Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year that you can look forward to for 2021. God bless you!

  10. Stephanie Simms permalink
    December 24, 2020 2:54 p12

    Thanks Colleen for sharing this with us all, and keeping Mike’s memory alive.
    I wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2021

  11. Shirley permalink
    December 24, 2020 2:54 p12

    Colleen, so good to hear how you and the girls continue to,celebrate tradition. Those Cornish pastries made me hungry but not enough to make them. Bill and I do miss those get together at this time of year. The area we are in is “lock down” so no Christmas Eve with our girls or midnight service. What made it easier tonight was a Zoom get together and the singing of carols. I made a point of hanging a Christmas quilt or wall hanging behind us for the zooms. Hopefully, next year at some time we can all socialize and sing together again.
    Shirley,and Bill Brown

    • December 24, 2020 2:54 p12

      Yes, making pasties is not for the faint of heart…which is why they are reserved for special occasions! 🙂
      Christmas blessings to you, Bill and your family!

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