I usually share an encouraging quote to start our week, but since yesterday was Mother’s Day in the US and some other countries I figured we’d change things up. This week it’s your turn…share a happy memory or moment from being a mom, your mom, or of your children (fur babies are included) for a chance to win a $5.00 Amazon Gift card. I’ll select the winner and post it here tomorrow. Now’s your chance to make us all cry with your happy memories…
It’s finally here–Christmas! All the preparations, shopping, cleaning, and traveling are hopefully done, and y’all have some time to relax before the presents are opened and food is eaten…and naps are taken. Oh yeah, lots of naps!
As I look back on this year there were lots of highs and lows, for a while the lows were winning, but towards the end of the year the highs took over and I have so much to be thankful for. Gazing at my twinkling tree and looking at the presents stacked underneath sent from my children it is easy to get a little teary eyed about not being with them. I miss seeing the joy on their faces on Christmas morning. But all children grow up and mine are leading wonderful happy lives – how could I ask for more?
I know this is a hard time of year for so many, so I’m wishing for you all to have a day filled with happiness and love – whether with family or friends, remember none of us are really alone! Merry Christmas! ♥ ♥ ♥
Now that we’ve gotten through Thanksgiving it’s time for December and all that it brings, which means the start of the holiday baking season and decorating. As we move through the month I’ll several of our traditions and our favorite holiday recipes too.
I’ve been known to decorate every room in the house at Christmas. From wreaths on the outside door to Santa soap dispensers and snowman towels in the bathrooms. How much decorating we actually do changes a bit from year to year, but our Christmas cookie baking never changes (usually we make 7 or 8 different types).
Cookies, hot cocoa, Christmas music and tree trimming–It makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon. After we moved to Florida from New Jersey it was much warmer, so we turn the A/C down low to put us all in the mood. We usually have one large tree set up in front of the living room window and it is covered with different ornaments. Every year I would buy all the kids a new ornament for the tree. Eventually we outgrew the tree, so now the ornaments get rotated from year to year.
These last few years I had to adjust my decorating because we have a very mischievous cat in our midst. His name is Pumpkin and he likes to climb things and knock things over. So I’ve only been putting up this small tree. As you can see it’s too small for him to climb, and we’d put the presents on the floor underneath it. This year I’m determined to go back to our full sized tree. I miss it, somehow it just didn’t feel like Christmas without it.
After I have it up I’ll add the picture to one of the future blogs. But in the meantime, what is your tree trimming tradition? Do you do it before Thanksgiving or afterwards? Do you do anything special or just dive right in?
I’m sharing my recipe for one of the girl’s favorite cookies–Meltaways. They love making them as much as eating them. I think it’s because with the dough tinted red and green it’s more like playing with play dough, especially when they were little. I always have to make a double batch of these if they are home. If you try the recipe, let me know how you like them.
Oh one other thing, even though over the years I have started celebrating Christmas, I am Jewish and I celebrate Hanukkah. I didn’t celebrate my first Christmas until I got married, as the children grew up we continued to celebrate both holidays and we have traditions for both. I’ll be posting some pictures of my menorah as the nights continue and share some of those traditions as well.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year, as I’m sure do many of you. It’s easy to forget those things in the midst of the madness of day-to-day life. Money pressures, work, kids to name a few. But we really do need to remember what is really important, and it’s not money, or how many things we have…
This year I’ve tried to concentrate on the good and not the bad. I fell into old patterns a few times, or when things seemed really “black,” but overall I think I have been successful. So tomorrow when you’re enjoying your turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and the rest of your feast what this holiday really means.
Below is what I am thankful for this year, there are many more things but these are the most important. I hope you’ll share what you’re thankful in the comments!
This year my son graduated from College (last Dec.), my youngest daughter started studying for her Masters. and married the love her life last month. My oldest daughter, started a blog and continued down the path of her dreams with the support of her wonderful husband. How could I not be thankful for all of that? ♥ ♥ ♥
I’m thankful for the support of my friends. It’s been a hard year at times, but they stood by me and were there when I needed them the most. ♥
I’m thankful for the opportunities I have had, including the three books I wrote and were published in the last year. Having my first book published was a dream come true. Having three published is amazing, and I look forward to even more success in the coming year. ♥
I’m thankful for living in a country that has remained “free,” and all the service members both past and present who have kept us that way. ♥
So tomorrow when you sit down with your family, friends, or even if you’re alone this Thanksgiving, try to think about the good things. I’m sure there is at least one or two for each of us. Even in the blackest of times there is a light.
From my family to yours I wish you the most wonderful day…