Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Musings...2 weeks to go!

I am so envious of those blogs I read where I see Christmas decorations in every nook and cranny. There, I said it. Those of you who fill your homes with Christmas decor of all types are creative, artsy, and seem to be so energetic. This past Sunday, I put up a smaller tree, but decorated it with love. I also decorated the fireplace mantle....stockings hungwith care, even for the kitty! However, I was very selective about what went on the tree and there are very few other decorations placed around. Where are those days that I even decorated the bathrooms? It seems that my weekends are full with family and friends. I had to forego an invitation to the local community Messiah sing to stay home and decorate. I work full time outside the home, and when I get home, I am mentally exhausted. I get dinner on the table...sometimes my husband helps...we clean up and I try to accomplish a few chores before I collapse! How our lives change through the years. We have 3 (and a half) grandchildren whom we love to pieces, take care of our aging parents and still worry about our 3 adult children and their spouses. We have active social lives with our friends. We travel, we have plenty and give back to our community. So now that I have put my thoughts down, I can see I am doing the things that are me. Can I still be envious of those beautifully decorated homes? You betcha! But as we gather this year, it is not so much about the decorations in my is more about how my heart is decorated with the beauty of the season and the love I can give and receive. So now I will sit back with a cup of tea, raise a toast to all of you in blogland and bask in the glow of the tree lights. Thank you for sharing your lovely homes, your creativity, your skills, your recipes and most of all your on-line friendships. I can't believe that I have been blogging for just over a year. It has been a fun hobby and creative outlet for me. Never in my dreams did I ever think I would have been able to do this and enjoy it as much as I do! I hope the next couple of weeks before Christmas find you joyful and filled with peace. As for me....I will be busily scrambling around the kitchen, baking cookies for the holiday trays!! Whew....but then, it wouldn't be Christmas without them!


  1. Linda, the Christmas holidays are about joy and I am a believer that joy comes in many packages. Like you I appreciate the creativity of others, but find joy in the simple things ~ a wreath on the door, small tree in the den and the smell of thinks baking in the oven. The gift of giving is in all of us, which can come as simply as "a wave & a nod" to a stranger on the street or fresh baked cookies to an aging neighbor.

    Congratulations to your first year blogging ~ we all are the benefactors of your friendly post and delectable recipes! Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

  2. Oh Linda, I can see the sweet sincerity of Christmas joy and family 'giving' in your words. I work too.....outside and inside the home....grin. There seems to be less and less time as we get older...I can see it now. I am glad you are sitting by the tree basking...grin! Love it. Yes, I have my one chair and one area where I had enough energy to decorate...and I sit there and enjoy. Christmas still permeates throughout the house...for it truly is the 'spirit' of Christmas....not what we see. Thanks for sharing your home cooking with us all year. We, as George has said, have been the fortunate recipients. A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  3. Christmas is an event of the heart. It can't be measured by what we put in our rooms or on our porches. If I may venture an sounds to me like you have Christmas just right for you and your family. I hope it will be a good one. Blessings...Mary

  4. Linda, my dear friend, you have done so much more than I. We have but a wreath on our door, as I cannot seem to find the time or the energy to do more. The hours and days go by too quickly and before I know it the day is upon me and I have not accomplished what I dreamed of, only what I saw that needed to be done. I am trying to find peace within myself as I feel struggle with feeling less accomplished than my friends. The holiday is about love and worship and hope. It is these three qualities I want in my life. Hugs, my friend. You are quite wonderful and perfect just the way you are.


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