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The Holiday Channel Christmas Wonderthon

Published December 24, 2020 by Maryanne

I’m so honored and excited to be in this production!

I’ll be playing the role of Carol, a war reporter.

Be sure to save the date and tune in!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements (via ZOOM during covid). She is now coaching aspiring writers via ZOOM.

Maryanne is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: Love Cats

The Health & Wellness Christmas Show

Published December 22, 2018 by Maryanne

DSCF3192.JPGLeft, Maryann Castello of “The Health & Wellness Show”; Right, Maryanne Mistretta

It was super exciting to return to The Health & Wellness Show as a guest a few evenings ago. While I was the featured author, there were also two chiropractors. This event was fun and inspirational. We also sang some Christmas songs.

You can view the whole show here on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U3OIu7as40

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is a prolific author and motivational speaker. Contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Her latest book, “I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

 

Merry Christmas 2017!

Published December 22, 2017 by Maryanne

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Merry Christmas to all my fellow bloggers and followers.

Thanks being a part of an incredible 2017 when a couple of dreams came true!

Reflecting back on the year, three years after self-publishing my first book, a traditional publisher picked up my third! (“The Gypsy Smiled” available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta-ebook/dp/B074VC7MT9)

My “Learn & Listen” library series skyrocketed and is now being made into a documentary! You can read about it on my Pear Tree website: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

And I became editor for Renna Media! (http://rennamedia.com/)

But best of all, I made some incredible friends! I used to say I could count the friends I have on one hand, but after this year I’m up to two hands. That’s a lot of people you can count on; what a blessing!

 

 

Christmas Time for Cats

Published December 21, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9322From a Cat’s Eye View, in the PT Cruiser

Every year my husband and I love to take our cat, Derick, out to see Christmas lights. It’s so cute to see a little kitty in awe of the Christmas magic.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” — available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513

New Holiday Tradition

Published December 4, 2014 by Maryanne

Holiday Spirit

I’m starting a new tradition this holiday season so people can truly embrace the meaning of Christmas and be in the moment with those we love unconditionally.

You know how some people ask guests to leave their shoes at the door? This year I’m asking our guests to leave their iPhones at the door!

Jenkinson’s Sea of Light

Published December 22, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_3140Snow kisses!

Last night my husband and I took a last minute trip down to the Jersey Shore to check out the Sea of Light show at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant, Jersey Shore. It was a gorgeous night, unseasonably warm at almost 60 degrees! It felt good being in the humidity and walking on the boardwalk!

SAM_3144Underwater World!

SAM_3145Me and a Christmas Elf friend!

SAM_3146Buried Treasure!

SAM_3151Was that fin on your back part of the deal? SHARK!

SAM_3163Pretty!

SAM_3176Magical sea horse

SAM_3188Hawaiian Christmas

SAM_3190Dennis, love of my life!

SAM_3197Jelly fish!

SAM_3202Penguin

SAM_3207White penguin

SAM_3223I won a snow man!

SAM_3224Fun House

SAM_3225Sandy devastation

SAM_3233Rudolph in restaurant

We topped off the evening with a snack. I had a few Blue Moon beers and oysters — yum!

SAM_3234Beautiful water view at the Wharf Side restaurant

SAM_3240Cool tree house with Christmas decorations

Happy New Year!

Published January 4, 2013 by Maryanne

Happy New YearRetro image swiped from Google

Okay, let’s try this again!

Two days ago I wrote a Happy 2013 but it didn’t turn out as positive as I normally am, which is good in one way because life isn’t always peaches and cream and I do like to “keep it real,” but bad in another way because I am not one to dwell on the negative and I think even when venting (which is healthy in some ways) getting responses to negativity only snowballs it and that is not what I am about. Moving forward I should only vent to my husband or trusted friends/family.

So I deleted that entry.

My negativity was on my business. After Hurricane Sandy, business took a nose dive and I wasn’t a happy camper. My webmaster also had a problem getting my site going because of some technical problems, which magnified my woes and since I am a perfectionist, it was like the world falling apart for me. I wanted my website to look perfect when I sent out my “Happy New Year” email and it took longer than expected to get it to my high standards.

Then once the website was fixed — miraculously so was my business! The updated website went out in my mass email and THREE old clients came back — two within minutes of the email going out!

THAT, dear readers, is the power of positivity! (My home-based company Pear Tree Enterprises website, www.peartreeenterprises.com always offers good words to my clients and readers — and whenever I am down, my husband says, “Get some of that Pear Tree spirit!”)

Needless to say, I am so busy I am turning down work again for next week!

So aside from my business being back on track, I had a few wonderful days during the time between Christmas and New Year’s. On Sunday, the first day my husband and I had together in a long time that didn’t involve holiday shopping or house cleaning, we took a couple long rides. First to a restaurant called Cracker Barrel where they have lots of retro goodies. It was a bit of a challenge eating there because there weren’t many vegetarian options, as even many of their vegetables are cooked in a meat broth, but the waitress was wonderfully patient with me and we had a super romantic time dining right in front of the fireplace.

As we were leaving, we spotting an adorable Teddy Bear that sang, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in a children’s voice. Dennis and I fell in love with the bear and just couldn’t bear (pun intended!) to leave him behind! He was just so cute.

New Year’s Eve we went to Imperial 46, a wonderful Japanese restaurant in West Paterson — er, excuse me Woodland Park (the fancy new name because residents didn’t want to be associated with the negativity of Paterson due to the high crime rate, but screw you imbeciles who voted for the new name, Paterson is an amazing town with so much culture, museums, great schools and a grand falls — just 15 minutes from NYC! You are totally FOOLISH for not wanting to be associated with it!) ANYWAY, Imperial 46 is special because they serve sushi with brown rice. I was so happy I got to use a little Japanese which I learned several years ago while planning a trip to Japan that I never quite made.

After that we visited my Mom, sister, nephew and their doggies and had a blast. Then rang in the New Year with Dennis’ father, brother and his girlfriend. We had so much laughs.

The next day we went to a party that our friends Daniel and Patty had at their home in Neptune (Jersey shore) which was spared from the storm. After the party we took a ride to the beach, which looked like a war zone.

New Jersey beaches are so gorgeous in the winter and you’ll always see people walking on the beach with their dogs no matter what season it is. But the entire Belmar boardwalk was demolished. We saw homes that were destroyed and evacuated. It definitely put a sad tone on the day.

The streets nearest the beach were blocked off and only residents were allowed to drive on those roads. We took a walk and it was just too depressing. I said it reminded me of two things: 1. The devastating ending of “Planet of the Apes” where everything was destroyed and 2. 9/11. The exception was that Mother Nature did this, not man.

So that was my last few days in a nutshell.

In spite of all the fun I was so downhearted because of my business being slow. I felt de-energized and so exhausted. I also had some sciatica which I am sure was due to stress. So I went to acupuncture last night and slept almost around the clock. My sciatica is completely gone and I am coming to life! I was starting to feel a little positive with two new clients coming back, but then I went through the roof when the third one called today!

Next week it will be a typical Pear Tree week. I am happy beyond belief!

I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013!

I am especially excited because this year is a milestone for me, as I will be turning 50 on August 19!

Merry Christmas From Maryanne’s Jukebox!

Published December 23, 2012 by Maryanne

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (photo by Darlene Foster)

At WDVR-FM radio (Photo by Darlene Foster)

I HOPE EVERYONE GETS ALL THE MUSIC THEY WISHED FOR!

Here’s a few more of my Christmas favorites:

Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Jingle Bell Rock by Billy Idol

Mele Kalikimaka (By Bing Crosby)

Do You Hear What I Hear by Bing Crosby

Little Drummer Boy by Joan Jett

Feliz Navidad

Mamacita, Where is Santa Claus?

Father Christmas by The Kinks

Oi to The World – By No Doubt

Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney & Wings

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Marshmallow World – by Dean Martin

“Frosty the Snowman” The Ronettes

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) – The Ramones

A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives

Mr. Grinch – Whirling Dervishes

Symbolism of Deer and Christmas Magic

Published December 23, 2012 by Maryanne

Christmas deerPhoto swiped from Google search

For most of my adult life I’ve been lucky to live near wooded areas where deer roam freely. I’ve always thought of deer as beautiful, elegant creatures. The deer spirit represents peace and adventure.

Without fail, every Christmas season that I am alone with my husband somewhere, a deer magically appears out of nowhere. Last night we were simply shopping for our holiday party and a deer crossed our path.

Our first Christmas deer appeared to us when we first started dating, after a Christmas party. We spotted a small deer in a wooded area, stopped the car and admired the sight.

I started softly singing, “There’s Always Tomorrow (for dreams to come true)” — the song that Clarice sang to Rudolph in “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

Clarice and Rudolph“I think it’s a lovely nose!”

Then I realized I am singing to a professional musician — off key — so I stopped singing.

“Keep singing!” Dennis encouraged.

And, to me, that was the magic of our first Christmas; having someone love me unconditionally, including my off-key singing. From that moment on I always sang to Dennis. And I am getting better. Sometimes he’ll even say, “Very good!”

It’s a beautiful, peaceful feeling to fall in love with someone who loves you just as you are, and to share your adventures with, which is probably why Santa sends us his magic each Christmas in the form of a deer spirit.

Watch for signs that Santa is sending to YOU!

People from all over the world believe in Santa Claus and the magic of Christmas.

When you believe, his magic will appear — sometimes out of nowhere!

Thomas Nast Santa

Drawing by Thomas Nast