I do love Christmastime...except when I don't. I do love the Christmas lights...first choice the tiny clear -next the blue lights in my windows..the spot lights on the nativity scenes and ALWAYS the Candle light. And don't forget the jingle, jangle of the bells...some tinkling sounds, others the sleigh bell sounds..even those that remind people like me of a Cow Bell...clunk, clunk, clunk.
This is the only time of year you'll find candy offered generously in our house..well perhaps Easter time too. I go plundering around the attic to bring down some of those treasured old jars and fill them with colorful candies...some because my Grandma Mobley had them-remember those gummy orange slices?? And of course the candy canes..the smaller the better.
The previous 5 years I have enjoyed choosing a luscious fresh greenery wreath for my front door..it's a luxury without a doubt and I do enjoy it. Another time and place I would have gathered the supplies from the woods and fields around us.
I don't love Christmastime as I watch and listen to shoppers in crowded stores..so many stories. I ache for those as it gets very close to December 24th and the shopping is frantic, tempers short, tension in voices..I find myself examining the shopping cart contents and fill in the blanks...too little time, too little money and sometimes I just sense sadness in the faces and body language of those around me.. I can relate to that...remember how this season was so difficult for me for many years..always recalling that my Dad had died on December 23rd in 1969. Now that same sadness crops up as we look around us and there are at least 5 missing faces..loved ones too far away.Did I tell you I really love the Christmas season?
How do I count the things?
- Blue lights
- Jingle Bells
- Candle Lights
- Warm Wassail
- Friends/Family Together..the laughter
- Same Foods Every year- sausage balls, meat balls, fruit cake, sand tarts, toasted pecans....
- Yes, I do love baking and giving. I love the giving part but often do not like the shopping and the buying. Perhaps it's the money thing..I never had any growing up -money was always an issue and I don't like it to be an issue. I think that's why I enjoy giving things that only require creative thinking and /or a little work and time like with baked gifts or homemade gifts.
- Jesus really is the reason for this season...we just keep forgetting that don't we? Happy Birthday Jesus...I love you Lord~