Thinking of holiday traditions this morning and how important those traditions are. Each family should have a few they can look back on and feel sweet happiness. I hope my boys can do that. I have always loved Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas I have to say is my favorite. We celebrate it because we are celebrating Christ's birth. Thoughts of preparing for a Christmas program at church was always fun but a but very nervous to me. I never liked to have people look at me. There was always a part to remember which was not so good but singing all the Christmas songs was the best. I usually start playing Christmas music November 1, every year. The holidays still seem to make even the grumpiest person and little nicer when you smile and tell them "Merry Christmas!" Giving gifts is the best feeling! For as long as I can remember our holiday tradition was to have Thanksgiving dinner at my house. I think it has been 36 years now. There have been a few Thanksgiving dinners recently that we have had at Blake and Mindy's house or at Tobias and Andrea's house. I am always in the kitchen no matter where it is and I love Thanksgiving especially the part about eating pumpkin pie. Christmas has always been a whirl of excitement for me. For months I prepare for that one day. We would go to church Christmas Eve and when the boys went to bed we would read The Night Before Christmas. Christmas morning was always the best when the boys were young. They were not allowed to open gifts until morning and there was always a flurry of little boys wanting to get up at 3 am or before. We all had to be around the tree before anyone could open a gift and they would wake me up all night long with a little voice, "Is it time yet?" My favorite was to open my eyes to see someone very close to my face looking at me hoping I would wake up and give in just this one time. Tobias I have to say was the worse. He never could wait until Christmas to see what he was getting I found out later. He told me he always knew where the gifts were hidden and would peek and tell his brothers what they were getting too. He is my middle child and always VERY motivated! Looking back on my childhood and their childhood was a magical time at Christmas. Little boys wearing pj's gathered around the tree with that great look of excitement only Christmas can inspire early on a Christmas morning. I do miss those days of excitement when the boys were young. Enjoy every Magical moment!
It has turned cold but still sunny and that makes a difference. God blesses us every day and good weather is a great blessing! Never a dull moment here and I have a feeling it is going to get even more busy. I finished Marcella Jane yesterday and hope to send her on her way today and cut out another bear. There is also Miss Kitty's bench that I have wanted to make and have not had time to start. I have to start making my regular 4 batches of home made noodles to freeze for Thanksgiving. My family loves noodles! I started decorating for Christmas November 1. We had a lot more room at the old house so I will have to incorporate 13 bins and 2 boxes plus 12 trees into this house. Probably time to sort more for the spring garage sale. Time to start on cookies today too. I hope to get one batch of something made and in the freezer. Well, I must get started. Seems there is always a lot more to do on my list at the end of the day than I accomplished. I hope everyone enjoys their day. Remember to thank God for your blessings. We have so many.
Marcella Jane - Adopted
Marcella Jane - Adopted
Can it be possible that this year has flown by so quickly? Time to put Halloween decorations away and start decorating for Christmas. I love this magical time of year. I think it would be so nice to relax and enjoy the holidays but for as long as I can remember I never seem to have a spare minute. Then January 1, comes and it is gone. My boys would always laugh at me when they were young because I would keep the Christmas tree up until Valentine's Day and sometimes longer. Always seems sad to take down the tree before I was able to fully enjoy it. I have a lot to do this holiday season and now is the time to start on it! In my mind I remember when I was very young going to the nearby town of East Liverpool during the holidays and seeing all the magical decorations. What a beautiful sight! Wow!!!! Santa was amazing! Even then I loved Christmas! I think I believed in Santa until I was age 14. Well, I guess I still believe in Santa come to think of it. There is a magic in Christmas that makes everyone feel a little better and be a little kinder. I have been working on a black bear for a sweet lady and when she is finished I hope to work on decorations, a quadruple batch of home made noodles to freeze for Thanksgiving, fruitcake and a lot of cookies for the freezer. Little boys and BIG boys like cookies around here. One year I made 126 dozen cookies for Christmas and two large fruitcakes. Don't know why I counted them but must have been my OCD. Christmas morning there wasn't a cookie in the house so I had to make cookies. Seemed to always have a lot of extra little boys who would come to the house and they all loved cookies. I hope you all enjoy this wonderful season and remember the true meaning of the birth of Christ and celebrate His birth.
Black Bear ready to stuff
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