I love setting up my tree and getting it just the way I want it. I change it every few years. Last year we went from white lights, blue, green and gold ornaments to colored lights and all the colors of the rainbow for ornaments. I will be adding to that again this year.
Love making Christmas candy too. My specialties are chocolate covered almond toffee and peanut brittle. I'm crazy about divinity too, but not so good at making it so I usually purchase some to splurge and enjoy.
I always do a traditional dinner for Thanksgiving, but for Christmas for the past several years I got tired of the same old thing so I started making a Mexican themed feast with shredded beef taquitoes, homemade guacamole, chicken & monterey jack quesadilas with green chile peppers. Layered bean dip with warmed corn tortilla chips. Oh my it all sounds so good.
Then the next year I would change it up a bit by making homemade tamales trying my hardest to find wonderful traditional recipes. I also love making homemade pies of all kinds and of course gingerbread cookies.
I have 4 wonderful sons and they all love the family get togethers. They all would put in their requests for what kind of pie or cookie or candy they wanted mom to make. One loves Reeses peanut butter cup pie, while another wants banana cream. My youngest loves no bake cookies so of course I had to make those.
This year, things have changed. Somewhat saddened that 3 out of 4 of my babies and my beautiful daughter in law and 3 of my grandbabies have moved over 300 miles away to the other side of Arkansas. We have no plans to get together for Christmas this year anyway.
My hubby has vowed to take me out to a nice dinner for Christmas and give me a "break" from the weeks of preparation that surround the usual Christmas feast. I don't really want the break, and I have not told him how heart breaking it is to me.
I'll still make my Christmas candies, and cookies, and maybe send little care packages containing candy and gifts to my babies and grandbabies. It just won't be the same with them so far away. Okay, now I'm all teary eyed thinking of my lonely Christmas.
I will focus more on Jesus this year. That's what it's all about anyway! Maybe the Lord will use me in a special way to help some family in need since my own family is far away! Whatever the holidays hold for me, I trust that God knows just what he is doing! Love you all and God Bless you now and throughout the holidays!
I'm giving you all a double portion of freebies today!!! So excited to share 10 wonderful vintage Christmas images and backgrounds with you! Simply click on the image to enlarge it, then right click to "save as". You know I love to share but I also love to hear from you in the comments about what images you are using. I would also love to feature you wonderful works using the images in a blog post. Just email images and a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy making wonderful things with the images!!!
|Sweet little Charlot Byj Image|
|Another cutie by Charlot Byj|
|A cute Christmas background!|
|A Wonderful Old Book Cover!|
|Vintage Christmas Postcard Cuties!|
|Beautiful Christmas Angels w Baby Jesus Vintage Christmas Postcard|
|Vintage Christmas Postcard Cutie|
|Sweet Christmas Morning Vintage Postcard|
|Precious Ellen Clapsaddle Vintage Christmas Postcard!|
|Gorgeous Vintage Postcard!|