The end of the year is a time for remembering and looking forward. While there were many blessings in the past year, I must admit it was not the best year I’ve ever had what with spending so much time in doctors’ offices and in the hospital. Having a pacemaker put in was not on the top of my list of fun things to do, but it was a last resort sort of thing so I did it.
But now that is all past and just a memory as I look back on Christmas and the wonderful times we had with friends and family.
We had Thanksgiving with family and friends. This is our oldest son’s girlfriend’s son with his dog, Annie. Annie is so cute. I made her some scarves for Christmas.
My son and his girlfriend. They love Disney World and last year they had a season pass to it and were down there almost every week it seemed.
The tree was up with the help of two of our grandsons.
These two are growing up way too fast.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care. I knit 24 pairs of stocking this year and I’ve already started for next year. I just let everyone pick out the ones they like.
I was gifted this beautiful Christmas cactus. I saw one on Facebook that was one hundred years old and had been in the same family all that time. It was huge. I’m not sure this one will make it that long, but I hope I can manage to keep it going until next year.
This was our front entry this year. I bought the cubby at an antique store and it held a lot of my smaller Santas and other paraphernalia.
My daddy made all the little wooden houses and the church years ago. He use to make them and sell them and they were quite popular. I made the trees from a pattern I found on Ann Wood’s blog. She’s a very talented and creative artist who provides free patterns as well as selling them on her blog.
Packages under the tree and I just love the way the sunlight comes in this window in the Winter. This is the room I most often am in, cutting out quilts or knitting or just watching tv. It’s not the warmest room in this old house though.
While hurrying to make gifts, wrap gifts and prepare for the holidays, I sewed this pillow from a dish towel I bought in Nashville. I don’t know why I always have the urge to sew something entirely not to do with Christmas when I’m right in the middle of the hustle and bustle, but I always do. I think it’s my way of calming myself because sometimes the days can get hectic. I really tried this year to slow down, take it easy and just enjoy the real reason for the season. I tried reading the entire book of Luke in the Bible. There are 24 chapters and if you read a chapter a day before Christmas, you’d get the full story of Jesus and why He was born and how He died for everyone. I didn’t get it all read, but I’ve read it countless times before so I know the story.
This is the time of gray, cloudy days, but we have had some beautiful sunsets. I can’t get a picture of just how beautiful this one was, but it was gorgeous. This is our lone tree we have that was left after our neighbor cut down all the trees on his property. This one set right on the property line and I asked him not to cut this one down. This makes me think of that one scene from Gone With the Wind where Scarlette and her father are talking about the land and Tara is in silhouette.
I did most of our shopping online this year and I think I found some very good presents for my loved ones.
David likes to play Santa. He wears this hat at his workplace and all the children think he’s the real one. True story. We were in line at Wal-mart and there was a little boy about three years old sitting in a cart in front of us and he was eyeing David up and down and then he blurted out, ” You’re not the real Santa Claus!” His mother was so embarrassed, but David looked at him for a few seconds and then said, “No, I am not. I’m one of his helpers.” Well, that little boy just kept starring at him. It was so cute. David gets a kick out of things like this.
He also likes to play Santa at our family Christmas gift giving.
He surprised me Christmas Eve with this….
Flowers that I used for a centerpiece on our table.
I love watching the grandkids opening their presents. The big hit this year were woolen hats with beards attached.
Our daughter’s son thought she ought to wear one of the beards, soooo….
She did! Everyone had fun with them.
He looks like he belongs to the group ZZ Top. And guess what movie we are watching on tv.
Our granddaughter got a beret. She looks so cute in it.
This is an alarm clock that has a sonic boom sound when it goes off. It can also shake your bed. I bet this will make my grandson popular in his dorm at college next year! Ha!
I always seem to get a chicken themed gift every year. I don’t know why?!
So, Christmas is over for another year. Sometimes I wish it would last longer and that the days before were not so hectic. I’m going to try to buy gifts throughout the year so that I won’t be scrambling for gifts a week before Christmas. I believe Christmas has become way too commercialized and I want to get away from that and focus more on what it means. It’s like no other day.
So the new year is here and already almost a week old. We did some antiquing yesterday at one of my favorite antique stores.
We found this little buggy. David thinks it was for some rich little girl’s dolls at one time. Part of it is missing, but I thought it would be something I could decorate for Christmas next year. And it fits right in with our old house.
The little Radio flyer wagon behind my snowmen was another find. This is my small collection of snowmen I put out after Christmas.
I found this little snowman at the antique store.
A friend gave me this Jim Shore snowman years ago and I love him.
I also found some red fabric at a booth where the lady sells all things to do with quilting and sewing. I have found a lot of fabric at her booth. I just completed a quilt with flannel backing from flannels I found in her booth and I’ll probably be back for more.
January brings seed catalogs. Even deep in Winter one can dream about the garden.
I’m thinking I want to try to grow pumpkins again. My last try was a bust.
So many kinds to choose from. If I had a lot of acres, I’d plants lots of pumpkins.
So I hope the new year will be good to you. I hope your dreams will come true and God will pour all His blessings on you and your household. Happy New Year!