Christmastime is here again!

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The Christmas season is in full swing around our house! The decorations are up, the trees are trimmed, shopping is in full swing, children’s choir rehearsals are underway, and I’ve even begun some Christmas baking, filling a few tins with our annual Cherry Cookies and Haystacks.

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We’ve pulled out all of our beloved Chrismas dvds and have been enjoying them on a daily basis. A new favorite that has been added to our collection this year is “Arthur Christmas”, which I absolutely love. When we aren’t watching a Christmas movie, we’re listening to Christmas music and just thoroughly enjoying the season.

Are things in full swing at your house, too?

Blessings,
Nancy

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A few December pictures ~

Before it gets too far away, I have a few December pictures to share, of the few times during the month that I thought to take out the camera and take pictures (although this wasn’t really very often!) Most are of scenery or food, but there are a few of the family as well. Just a sampling of our month ~

Back in the early part of December, all of the girls attended our annual Ladies Christmas Tea at church – it was lovely as always ~

Our family Christmas tree day was full of decorating and snacks ~

We went to a beautiful wedding shower for a sweet couple from church ~

Sarah put together a little tea party for she and Anna (and David, who wouldn’t be left out) one day ~

We did some baking ~

And some wrapping ~

And watched this movie a lot (do you all know what it is?) ~

We also received this movie in the mail and watched it a number of times ~

Before we knew it, it was Christmas Eve – my favorite day of all. The kitchen went into full swing as Santa cookies were baked in preparation of the big night ~

My kitchen tree ~

The living room tree was in full splendor as it filled up with gifts ~

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care ~

And small children eagerly put on their pajamas to go to bed ~

I love the beauty of Christmas Eve – the lights and the hushed reverence of the night – the holiest night of the year ~

Believe it or not, I didn’t take another picture until New Year’s Eve, a week later! And then I only took pictures of the food ~

So there you have a little taste of our busy December – kind of a turbo post of the whole month!

I still haven’t taken down any of the Christmas decorations – I’m just enjoying looking at them for a little while longer.

Blessings,
Nancy

Welcome December!


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December has arrived, as well as everything wonderful that goes along with it! The snow has started to fall on the blog and our household is busy as elves with preparations and celebrations of the season. I know that I’ve been amiss at posting this past month, but I will try my best to sit and write more during the month of December. Take some time to settle down with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the quiet moments (when you can find them) this month.

Be back soon ~

Blessings,
Nancy

Merry Christmas!


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Well, I tried . . . really I did. But, I couldn’t seem to live life this month and blog too! So, I have decided to take an official (planned ahead of time, not like the past few weeks) blogging holiday until January. I pray that you and your family will have a wonderful Christmas as we celebrate the blessed birth of our Savior!

“For to us a Child is born,
to us a Son is given,
and the government will be on His shoulders.

And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

~Isaiah 9:6

I’ll be back sometime after the first of the year ~

Blessings,
Nancy

Christmastime!

“I feel Christmas in the air
Snowflakes falling everywhere:
Except in warm and sunny places
Where snowflakes never show their faces.
But everywhere the trees are trimmed
With twinkling lights on every limb.
They make the homes so gay and bright
And along dark streets shine out at night.
It is a season warm and glowing
Although outside it may be snowing.
Whether you live North or South
In mobile home or manor house,
You must feel Christmas in the air
And know it is a time to share.
And what a season to be jolly
With Christmas greens and Christmas holly.

-Jane W. Krows

I’ll be back soon to let you know what we’ve been up to so far this season!

Blessings,
Nancy

Merry Christmas!!!

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“The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.
You shall multiply the nation,
You shall increase their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence
As with the gladness of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice
and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.”

-Isaiah 6: 2-3, 6-7

(This post was scheduled to have gone up on Christmas morning, but I just found out that it never went up – I must have done something wrong in the scheduling – ah, something new to learn! Seeing as how it is just as appropriate for any day of the year, I went ahead and posted it now.)

Blessings,
Nancy

On the 1st Day ’til Christmas. . .(as well as a few I missed!)

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To be brief and just hit the highlights. . .

6th Day. . .Michael’s birthday – we baked and decorated cupcakes, I did a little shopping, and we had a blast at Chuck E. Cheese for Michael’s birthday dinner, followed by the cupcakes and a treasure hunt at home for his presents.

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Ooo, and this lovely package arrived in the mail –

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5th Day. . .I delivered Laura to a Christmas party for her Bible Study group and spent the rest of the afternoon shopping until it was time to pick her up. I was able to get quite a bit done, but didn’t finish with the shopping.

4th Day. . .Three of the children sang in the Children’s Choir at church, wearing their Christmas finery (no pictures – I couldn’t find the camera in the Sunday morning rush). Church was followed by our monthly fellowship meal (always a yummy assortment and good conversation). After all of the church activities were over, I headed out to. . .guess where. . .shopping! I ended up being out longer than I had anticipated, but I completely finished all of the Christmas shopping, as well as grocery shopping. Jeff heated up frozen pizzas for the kids and I brought he and I home Long John Silver’s for dinner. I propped my feet up and watched “White Christmas” – or actually half of “White Christmas” – until I fell soundly asleep on the couch.

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3rd Day. . .Baking Day One!! One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season (just like my mother!) is the last few days before Christmas when I do all of the special baking each year. After another quick trip to the grocery store for several sale items, I started in on the fun. I baked a triple recipe of Cherry Cookies and 3 batches of Fudge (2 with nuts and one without). The children had fun putting the cherries on the cookies and licking the fudge spoons, not to mention sampling warm cookies.

2nd Day. . .Baking Day Two! Today I baked a batch of Haystacks, better known around here as Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cookies. I didn’t have time to bake the second batch, so I will be doing that on Christmas Eve. I dropped Matthew at work and we all straightened up the house for evening guests – my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, who were bringing a projector and a screen so that we could watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” on the “big screen”. We ordered pizzas and had salad, chips and dips, and Christmas goodies for dessert. The movie was so much fun to watch this way and was enjoyed by all – even the snoring husband (who took his usual evening nap during the second half) and the 2 year old, who had the most fun walking back and forth in front of the projector so that he could see his head on the screen.

Today. . .the 1st day ’til Christmas. . .Christmas Eve!! This is my favorite day of the Christmas season. It will include, among other things, some cookie baking, gift wrapping, delivering Christmas cookies to the neighbors and the arrival of my two oldest sons to spend the night and tomorrow with us!

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Have a wonderful and joyous Christmas Eve!

Blessings,
Nancy