Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Count Down to Christmas

House decorated:  

 The Nativity set our kids gave us last Christmas is prominently displayed. 
 Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

 My Mother's ceramic Christmas tree is in place.

The 9 ft. Christmas tree in the family room is decorated.

The lighted ceramic church, houses and tearoom are on the mantel.

There's a lot more I could have done [and may still do a bit more yet], but the older I get I remind myself, what goes up must come down!  It's festive and fun putting it up, but not so much fun taking it all down and packing it away for another year.

Grocery shopping for Christmas Eve and Gift shopping:  ✔     

Finished it yesterday [Tuesday].  Jerry has most of it wrapped and will add the bows tomorrow, and put them under the Christmas tree.  We shopped for 18 this year.  The list grows as the family expands. One new granddaughter this year [by marriage], and one sweet, baby great-granddaughter.

While shopping at Partridge Creek outdoor mall on Tuesday, I passed a Teavana store that was still open.  I was surprised because I thought Starbucks was closing them all.  I liked the sign affixed to their front door and took a picture.

I went into Forever 21 to buy a gift for my granddaughter, and noticed they have the Scripture John 3:16 printed on their bags. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."  Like Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A and other faith-based businesses, they immediately won my admiration for openly declaring their faith.  

Christmas cards mailed:   ✔

It gets more difficult every year to find tea-themed Christmas cards, but I found two this year.

Inside the card is the meaning of the Friendship Teapot.  The handle represents caring arms to hold you with understanding and support.  The spout stands for the pouring out of tears and laughter.  The porcelain signifies the beautiful relationship shared - a rare and precious treasure.  ~ Patricia Weaver.

I ordered mine from Walter Drake, but they're available at Miles Kimball too.

The card above is called Holiday Tea with artwork by Susan Winget.  A product of LANG Companies, Inc.  It's a petite card and not full-size.  Walmart carried them online.  I love the red cardinal which is the bird that symbolizes Christmas.

My baking isn't done yet, but I'll start working on that tomorrow.  One of my blog readers from Biloxi, Mississippi sent a surprise package containing pecan halves.  Thank you, Sarah!

My first thought was to make a full-size pecan pie, but I'm thinking I may make petite pecan pies instead.  And I'll save some for the topping on the Christmas Eve sweet potatoes. 

Only five days until Christmas!  Are you ready?


  1. You're doing well with checking off that list! I'm using the "what goes up must come down" philosophy this year, too. I'll put out my Nativity scenes tonight, then I am DONE for this year. Gifts are wrapped, I'm working on 4 bulletins at church this week, but after tomorrow all will be done and I'll be on vacation until Jan. 2. Then I can relax and enjoy the holiday. Loved your Christmas card! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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