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Monday, November 22, 2010

Thirty Days of Thankfulness - Day 22

Today, I am thankful that I am starting to get excited about Christmas!!

Every year For the past few years, I have stressed so much over Christmas, that I have dreaded it's coming!

Last year, was a little bit better, since I wasn't working at the time, (Sadly, I had lost my job in September) and had more time to prepare. Unfortunately, the stress was still somewhat there because we did not having a lot of money to spend on gifts, holiday food, etc. But, it all worked out and we had a wonderful Christmas!

This year..... I can feel God's peace about it all and don't feel so stressed. I don't feel worried about... "How are we going to afford gifts for the girls??"... "What gifts am I going to get my mom & David's mom??"... "What am I going to get for my co-workers???"  Normally, I am panicked about these kinds of things and it ruins the holiday for me.

I used to get caught up in all of the commercialism of the holiday. This year... I am more focused on the REAL reason for Christmas --- Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

I want to listen to beautiful Christian holiday music.
I want to take part in all of the Christmas events at my church.
I want to make a birthday cake for Jesus like I did when my girls were little.
I want to do lots of things as a "family".

I love shopping during the month of December - believe it or not! - and seeing all of the beautiful holiday decorations! This year... I plan to take it all in and ENJOY it! I think I may even take my camera with me so that I can capture what I see, in photos.

Here are a few photos to share with you from our Chirstmas, that I love.

--- By the way... I have no idea WHY these words are highlighted and I can't figure out how to "unhighlight" them! -- Sorry!

I love Santa ornaments.


And Snowmen!


Here's one that my mom painted for me prior to her stroke in 2005.


Here's our table on Christmas day - 2008


This was last year (2009). It's funny... I'd forgotten that I had bought those Christmas placemats!! YAY!! They will go great with my tablescape plan for this year!!
(I forgot to take this picture BEFORE the food was on it! Oops!)

5 comments:

  1. Lovely photoes Becky. They really made me smile, and lovely for you to have the decoration painted by your mum before she had her stroke. That one will always mean such a lot to you, I'm sure. It is so very easy to get stressed out over Christmas and, as you so rightly say, we are missing out on the REAL meaning behind it. You are obviously going to be concentrating on all the right things this year!

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  2. Thank you! ~ Thankfully, I have quite a few things that mom has painted. She was quite an artist. She still paints, but can't quite get the detailing down, like she used to. My dtr, Ashley is also an artist. She is studying to be an elementary art teacher. I'll have to post of some of hers and my mom's work, sometime. ~ Yes. Right now, I am feeling no stress. I hope it can continue! :)

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  3. Yes, great photos. Love your table. And the snowmen ornaments are pretty. I can't wait to see some of your mom's work and more of your daughter's work. I have some homemade ornaments that I did a couple of years ago. They are fun to do.

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  4. Thank you, Susan! ~ Yes, I will have to write a post and post pics of their artwork. Maybe after the first of the year. :)

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  5. Sounds like you have the right attitude for enjoying Christmas this year. It is all too easy to get stressed out. Since I don't have any money this year, it would be easy to get stressed out. I've decided to just enjoy the season & if no one gets any presents, we can still enjoy one another's company and still enjoy the season. Thanks for visiting my blog & for taking the time to comment.

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