Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas, to You!

We’re down to the wire now!  Are you excited?  Overwhelmed?  I’m a bit of both, to tell you the truth.  I am attempting to squish my natural Mary personality, and trying to follow Martha’s example instead! 

I’m really into decorating for Christmas this year!  I can’t stop!

For this go round, we have a full sized tree and another small one in our foyer, a full sized one in our “music room” and the largest in our family room. 

Christmas Foyer

Do you wonder why there aren’t any gifts under our trees?  Because I haven’t wrapped any yet!  More on that later…

 stairway and Christmas tree
This is the mantle in our family room, which came from a home built in the 1800’s.  I often wonder what were Christmases like for those who gathered around it in olden times.

Christmas Mantle
Mostly, I keep the decorating classic, but there are a few whimsical touches. 

Christmas ornaments and candle on mirror
I placed several odds and ends on a mirrored tray that used to sit on my mom’s dresser - a glass container of brightly colored Christmas bulbs, a lighted Christmas village house, a Yankee Candle, and a snowman snow globe, warms the foyer powder room in an unexpected way.   

Christmas Teddy Bear in Stocking
A mohair teddy bear makes us girls happy.  He’s all nestled inside a Christmas stocking hanging on French doors which open up to our Christmas memory tree.  It’s full of keepsakes that we hold dear from many past Christmases.

Christmas Memory Tree
One year when my youngest was outgrowing toys, but at that in-between age, we gave her a large collection of Christmas village items, which graces our kitchen this year.

She delights in setting it up each December, and it all gets more special to us with each passing Christmas.

Thus far, the moments spent relaxing with the family, or curling up with a cozy Christmas book and a stack of Christmas cookies have been the most special.

Book and Christmas Decorations

Now about those unwrapped presents - we’ve ordered a good many gifts online for each other, so a pile of shipped packages have arrived.  Trouble is, none of us can sort through or open them without potentially ruining surprises because we don’t know which belongs to who…  We didn’t think of that, but obviously should have!  :) On the bright side, the laughs about our predicament will add to our memories! 

The True Meaning of CHRISTmas
And on the brightest side, not the packages or decorations, not the traditions or lights, not even the fond memories could compare to what we are celebrating – who He is and what He did.

 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Well, dear reader, “although it’s been said many times, many ways,” 


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Listen to Old Time Radio

"Taint funny, McGee," my mom used to say, with her pretty dimpled smile after one of us kids would make a wise crack.  The other day I asked her if she knew where that phrase came from.  "It's just what I always heard mother say," she told me.  But I had the answer for her, only because I recently stumbled upon the old radio program that it originated from.  So I learned a fun little tidbit about my grandmother too  - she listened to Fibber McGee and Molly, way back when, which was so fitting, since she and my grandfather were nearly a comic act themselves because they had rather ridiculous personalities.

If you aren't familiar with the show, it's an entertaining little comedy about a husband and wife team, their antics, and a parade of visitors.  The couple was married in real life, and their show was on the air for numerous years during the Golden Age of Radio. The comical cast of characters brings the listener lots of giggles and cheer, and the nostalgic sounds are delightful!  The commercials are as much fun as the show to me!  Each episode has a music break, which even puts big grins on my teen and twenties kids' faces!  They're kinda fond of cheese, and it has a plentiful supply! 

Below are a few episodes to get you started if you are interested in giving it a try.  Some episodes are available on CD which makes for a good gift idea, too!  

So grab you cup of something warm and cozy, and wander back in time for a little while with



You can find more HERE. 

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