Each year we think this might be the time to downsize in our Christmas decorating. And we did. A tiny bit. But what we really mean is No Big Tree. Just a small one. To sit on a table or in a corner. Well, maybe next year. . . .
The Big Tree. We fussed with it again. But you know. . .it provides many charmed hours of pleasant musing. So many memories from special ornaments. Our tree’s full of family fun and the love of friends over the years. Even though I’ve changed the basic theme to peppermint colors in ornaments and ribbons and lots of different sized sparkly balls. But the same angel's at the top as our first tree. . .47 years ago.
Can't wait for the kids and the grandkids to see it. (Notice the unwrapped gift tucked at the bottom of the tree?) That's mainly why we keep doing it.
And when the sun hits a certain place through the window in the late morning hours, disco-type lights bounce all over the ceiling and walls. Like fireflies. We love it!
Our small town, country way of celebrating the birthday of the most important person in the universe: Jesus!
I’m not into crafts at all, but I do love making wreaths. Go figure. I’ve created dozens. . .and given most of them away. . .to family, to friends, and filled the walls of our local church too.
Tamales are a must for us on Christmas Eve. Used to make them myself, sometimes with the help of friends. Learned that from a neighbor when we lived in California. An awful lot of prep and work though. Now I buy them from Schwan or Costco. Almost as good.
One thing I’ve stopped doing is creating homemade Candy Cane Cookies, from my mother’s recipe. So tasty. With almond extract. So fun...measuring & twisting & coloring the dough. So enticing to look at. But a lot of work too. Simple is the key word for Christmas at this season of our lives. But we love receiving all the varieties of baked goods from our friends.
This Christmas watch for special blessings. Enjoy them fully. And remember by whose Hand they come from.
The baby in Bethlehem ushered in a new covenant through his life and death. . .and the world was changed. . .forever!
Be filled with love! And laughter! And thanksgiving. By kneeling before God’s gift of love. Then, no matter what, you will have a happy one.
|Yard sign at Blys' house|
What is special for Christmas at your house this year?