Friday, December 24, 2010

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear...

The Birth of our Saviour!
Oh, the beauty of that night of long ago holds so much truth and glory!

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Today being Christmas Eve,
holds so much anticipation!

Some traditions at our house when my girls were little,
  • My 2 daughters were able to open one gift each  --prechoosen by me :)
  • This one package included a warm, soft, fuzzy, flannel nightie that I made earlier in the month along with a Boyd bear and a specially selected book.
  • Once the girls were changed into their new yummy, cozy nighties, Daddy would read the Christmas story.
  • Oh, not in the normal fashion....we would all gather around the Christmas tree on our tummies.  At the foot of the tree was our vintage nativity scene as Jesus was our favorite gift of all!  We would have all the lights turned out except the twinkle of the Christmas lights on the tree and candles.  Daddy had a flashlight and would shine the light on each figure of the nativity scene as it came into play in the story. 
  • Once the story was told and the girls had a chance to re-tell their version with the flashlight and we giggled and played a little.  The girls were tucked into bed with their new teddy bear and book. It was so hard to leave the girls as they were so snuggly soft in their flannel nighties.  I loved hugging them as they were so cuddly!!  LOL!  I remember that so well!  :)
  • They were then left to dream of the sweet anticipation of what tomorrow would bring...

So many sweet traditions...each family having their own. 
Not so important as to what the traditions are as long as they are special!!
My daughters to this day at the ages of 25 and 23 love love love the traditions of our little family!  Some old and some I created!  My daughter now with her 2 daughters is carrying on some of the traditions she knew as a child and also creating a few of her own!

Whatever your traditions are, I wish you
a very blessed and wonderful

My granddaughters helping decorate my tree a few weeks ago...  :)

"It Came Upon The Midnight Clear"

"It came upon the midnight clear,

That glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth,

To touch their harps of gold:

"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men

From heavens all gracious King!"

The world in solemn stillness lay

To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,

With peaceful wings unfurled;

And still their heavenly music floats

O'er all the weary world:

Above its sad and lowly plains

They bend on hovering wing,

And ever o'er its Babel sounds

The blessed angels sing.

O ye beneath life's crushing load,

Whose forms are bending low,

Who toil along the climbing way

With painful steps and slow;

Look now, for glad and golden hours

Come swiftly on the wing;

Oh rest beside the weary road

And hear the angels sing.

For lo! the days are hastening on,

By prophets seen of old,

When with the ever-circling years

Shall come the time foretold,

When the new heaven and earth shall own

The Prince of Peace, their King,

And the whole world send back the song

Which now the angels sing."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wishing you a Very Merry Merry Christmas!!

I hope everyone is enjoying the wonder of the Christmas season!

2 days left for Christmas shopping!  Oh my!
I am actually finished with my shopping...I did a flurry of shopping the first week of December and got it out of the way before I started my week of classes last week for my insurance property and casualty license!
I became extremely sick at the beginning of the class last week and had the flu bug with an incredibly horrible migraine headache the whole week as I was trying to learn.
But miracle of all miracles....I passed the state exam yesterday!!!!  WhoooooooHooooo!!
If you know anything about state exams, they are not a breeze to pass.
Instructor said that our state is the third hardest in the country.  They make it difficult with trick questions so that you have to take the test again...making a big $75 profit on each test!  Grrrrr!

But that is behind me for now!  My boss let me have the rest of this week off and a sweet short week next week!  :D  I am so thankful for the break....a wonderful Christmas gift as I am tuckered with all the studying I have done over the past 3 months along with learning a new job!!!

I am sorry that I didn't even say boo for the past couple of weeks....too busy and then getting sick to squeeze in getting on my blog!
Thank you for all the ones who sent messages to me!  It was so sweet!
I have to tell you that it took me a few minutes to remember how to log back on to my blog and check in on it!! 

I look forward to spending Christmas day with my two beautiful granddaughters...

Little Miss C & Miss granddaughters!

My beautiful daughter with her little girls! 

with their Mommy and Daddy along with....

my other beautiful daughter with her wonderful boyfriend/fiance!

Well, I have a lot to catch up on and to get ready for the big Christmas day so I will run for now....

but I sure hope everyone is enjoying this season and are taking a few minutes to stop
and remember...

The Reason of the Season

Merry Christmas!