I don’t watch TV – other than an occasional show on Food Network, the nightly local news -- and tonight the World Series. Most people find me odd but I just can’t get into what the popular culture find amusing or interesting. I know there is still some quality programming out there but I find it much more interesting to lose myself in a good book or read your blogs!
My husband and I do share a passion for movies – especially the old black and white films and BBC productions. We find it relaxing to pop in a movie and let go of our day before we begin more intimate conversation beyond the daily necessary communications.
Much of our collection of DVDs revolves around the church year. I thought I would share with you a tradition in our house – our collection of Advent and Christmas movies.
I'm on the road so I have slim pickens for inspiration for Sundays with Santa but this is one of my favorite decorations. It was given to me by two dear friends filled to the brim with chocolate. Every year I put it out and fill it with more chocolate!
This is a rather large ceramic boot - probably 6 inches long by 4 inches high. It is dusted with glitter to add a little holiday sparkle. I've looked for something similar through the years to give as gifts with little luck.
There is something just so adorable about Santa's boot that speaks to my heart. Perhaps it is associated with the friends who gave it to me. I know it is a part of the warm celebration of our holidays - days filled with family, friends, food and good cheer!
As an avid reader, I'm always sad during the Christmas season because I have no time to read. This year is going to be different.
For the first time in two decades, I am not having house guests for the holidays. My in-laws generally come and stay for two or more (usually three) weeks. While I dearly love them, I find it quite exhausting because
I like everything done before they arrive so I can enjoy them
Entertaining is a LOT of work - work that I love but work
I have no down time
In a feeble attempt to fill the hole left by their absence, I'm looking for some good holiday reading recommendations. I've read the Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans. Other recommendations?
I have so many sentimental ornaments with precious memories attached to them. This little pretty came to me today from my Grandma's possessions. She has been gone for 30 years. My uncle passed away recently and this was in the attic of their home:
Well, the planning begins inside my wee imagination! This is last year's cookie extravaganza. Did you know most cookies freeze well for three months? Last year I made fifteen (I think) different Christmas cookies. Who knows what this year will bring but it's time to begin!
So, I'm dreaming of Christmas cookies. Can't wait to fill my house with the aroma of Christmas baking!
My aunt brought over this painting for me yesterday. Can you see the Christmas tree over on the right side of the photo? This is my Christmas angel. Michelle was born one late Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day we found out she had a severe, complex congenital heart defect. I had 5 1/2 wonderful years with her. Today is the anniversary of her passing.
After she died, Christmas was a bittersweet time for me. I grieved deeply as one does after the loss of a beloved child. As the healing began, I embraced Christmas - the birth of our Savior and as the celebration of her life.
Yes, I am still sad.
Yes, I still miss her.
Our Savior was born so that none will die.
All who believe will know everlasting life!
And I rejoice that my Christmas angel waits for me...