Wednesday, December 22, 2021

12.22.2021 Christmas is Almost Here!

 Hi Everyone!  So sorry for being away so long.  I have been sick for the last 2.5 weeks with a sinus, ear infection and bronchitis!  All I have to say is I am thankful I am on the mend and I never want those things again!  I took 2 COVID tests because I thought it was that, but thankfully it was not.  I was so afraid it was, but I never lost my sense of smell and taste and I only had a low grade fever. Alot of coughing going on for sure.  That put me way behind on my wrapping of the presents I had ordered early (thank goodness!).  I am all done now, as of this morning!  My grandson, Owen (10 yrs old) came over yesterday and helped me wrap everything but his things and his brothers things.  He was such a delight to have with me for the day!  I love that little boy!  He is so sweet and kind.  I took him out to lunch and he was very chatty and told the waitress it was the best meal he ever had!  She just beamed and she told him, he made her day!  If we all could just do little things to make people smile, the world would be a better place! :)

I am having Christmas Eve here and Jenny and Kevin are hosting Christmas Day dinner this year.  We are going to church to the 4:00 service and then we are coming back here for appetizers.  It should be a really nice, quiet night.  If it doesn't get too hot here, I'll put a fire in the fireplace to enjoy the crackling and warmth.  We have decided to open our stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve here at my house.  Christmas morning is just so busy with all the gifts.  The boys were told that Santa is only bringing gifts this year, so we were doing the stockings.  I wonder to myself, how many more years the boys will believe.  Jack, who is only 8 told us last year he didn't believe anymore but this year he acts like he does believe.  Christmas with children is always a special time of year, whether they are your own, grands, nieces, nephews or neighborhood children.

Alot of my neighbors have been dropping off cookies, a fruitcake and chocolates.  I thought that was very nice of them.  They all said they were sorry to hear I had been sick.  Boy news really travels fast in this neighborhood!  I told my Mom I got a fruitcake (she loves the brand I got too).  I'm not much of a fruitcake person.  I think I'll put it in the freezer for her when I see her.  She has been very cranky lately and very negative.  I hope she gets out of that real soon!

Well, I better get back to my list of things I need to get done before Christmas Eve!  I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Christmas Has Arrived at My House 12.01.2021

 Hi Everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I certainly did!  My daughters, their husbands and 2 grandsons came here.  We all had a great time!

The day after Thanksgiving, I started to decorate for Christmas.  It took a few hours to put Thanksgiving decorations away.  Then out came the Christmas tree!  I thought I would put it in the living room in front of the French doors leading to the screened in porch.  That didn’t work, tree was too big.  So I moved my blue and white chair and put it in the corner of the front of the living room.  It looks beautiful looking at the house from the outside at night!  So glad I put it there.  

I have so many beautiful, old ornaments.  My Mom gave me a glass candy that was on her tree as a child.  She sold the family house in 2020 and that is when she gave it to me.  I always loved it!

Moving into a new house makes it fun decorating the different rooms.  I must say I went into a panic though.  I couldn’t find my stained glass tree topper I made over 25 years ago.  I searched through every bin, but one had alluded me in the attic.  It was in there all the time safe and sound!

I also set up my nativity scene.  I placed my bible on a bed of greenery.  I received this bible when I was in 3rd grade.  I turned the pages to the book IG Matthew (the Christmas story) and I clipped a feathered dove to it.  My Nana displayed her bible the same way near her nativity for all her married life.

It is funny how we remember certain things as a child and the carry through to our adult lives.  My Mom also had given me the nativity manger that we had at our home.  I put that in the den.

I decorated a little at the front of the house.  I’m waiting for 3 more candles for the windows to arrive, then my front of the house decorating will be complete!

This is a little dark to see but I put a wreath and garland around and on the door.

I added the garland after this photo.  I wanted to put lights in the garland, but there isn’t an outlet out front on the exterior.

I will leave you with some photos of ornaments that are meaningful to me.  I hope you are having as much fun decorating as I am!