This year is not much different than past holiday seasons. We like it that way. It's the season when sentiments, traditions, and family memories abound.
Boxes, ribbons, bags, bows, food, people, toys, decorations, Christmas performances, luncheons, get-togethers, family coming and going... all filling our days with joy and good cheer.
Our household, like most, has been bustling with Christmas activities for weeks now. Each one supplying smiling faces and warm hearts for a much loved holiday season.
Twinkling lights, sparkling candles, shimmering ornaments, earthy evergreen scents...
... delicious treats, family gatherings, berries and pinecones and oodles of colorful ornaments all adding to our merry and bright season.
We've made the most of this season with as many gatherings as we could possibly squeeze in. Just the girls in the family spent an afternoon at a tea room. The 'little' girls LOVED dressing up and being included in this special celebration.
Speaking of the younger, more talented ones among us. Six little helping hands and giggly hearts spent one of our afternoons making their own cookies with Mimi.
They were so proud of their yummy contribution. From cracking the eggs to hand-rolling the dough and scattering messy sugar crystals everywhere it was every bit another time to cherish with my precious grandchildren.
The gifts are wrapped and stockings hung and lights are aglow. These are magical days for young and old. Each to be savored and treasured for the memories they hold.
Days and nights filled with the majesty of beautiful trees lit from top to bottom and wondrous music heard over loud speakers everywhere and folks from all corners of the world hustling about to find the perfect gift. Every one reasons for rejoicing and gladness.
At the end of the day, when the glitz, glitter, and glamour of the season fades... the most essential element of Christmas is in our hearts. Without the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Messiah, it wouldn't be Christmas.
From our house to yours...
We wish you a most blessed Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year.
For a child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us...
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace...
His name ... Immanuel
God with Us!
Matt. 1; Is. 9