The pic of the church was taken a year or so ago..
We have snow now but not quite that much..
We will soon, though, no doubt.. smile...
Today we did a little decorating there for Christmas !!
When Shonda and I were to Bangor we bought some rolls of ribbon and they came in handy today..
I thought I would put them on my tree but I think they look better above all of the windows..
Lindsay stood on the chairs and hung them, the dear girl..
I wonder what Terry is doing over there by the office door..
Probably tormenting our poor secretary by doing something mischievous..
Men !! They can act like wee boys, sometimes.. grin..
Tools of the trade..
I always carry these three tools...
The window sills are done...
Except for lighting the candles inside..
Sweet Lorraine did a little art work..
She wasn't happy with it but I think it is great..
An old window, a nativity print out from the computer and a bit of greenery...
It hangs above this poinsettia !
I should have taken an after pic...
Under the communion table...
We had soup and muffins for lunch and just had a great day of fellowship while doing our little thing....
Then when we came home I took a few more pics of decor around here..
My old folk art nativity...
My Birthday present from Shonda last year that Lorraine made..
Another little nativity...
Jesus is the reason for the season !
Some vintage cups that were a Christmas gift last year..
I like Father Christmas or vintage Santas..
Not everywhere but here and there..
I hang these dear stockings every Christmas..
They were my Dad's...
I wrote a little note and pinned it inside so that my children will know that they were Grampie's...
Amongst the copper..
A wee gift from another blogger...
Yes, I love pewter..
Notice the reindeer candle holders..
Found them at a thrift shop for five dollars each..
Still have to add fresh greenery but just too early yet..
A few homemade snowmen...
Enough of that to bore anyone silly..
I haven't even began our living room yet so will be back with more hopefully by next week..
Are you girls doing much decorating or baking ?
Our children mostly want gift cards so my shopping is not too strenuous these days, thank heavens..
I try to make each one some little homespun or baked gift as well..
The grandsons love fudge and such...
We were discussing today how Christmas has become such a stressful time in the lives of most people and how we should be happy that we are celebrating the Christ of Christmas ...
We talked about how wonderfully blessed we are and how we should try to de-stress ourselves and to take joy into our lives and spread that excitement and love to our children..
Christmas actually is all about love..
We can be excited and joyful because now we have hope...
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.
I loved Christmas as a child..
We were as poor as Job's turkey but our parents worked hard to give us a wonderful day..
Not that we had a lot of gifts at all but I remember the lovely wrapping my Mom did with royal blue, red and green tissue papers and each present all tied up with coloured strings..
I can still feel the excitement in my heart as my sister and I would hold hands and come out and see a tree that was not there when we went to bed the night before ..
Mom and Dad had worked late to put it up and decorate it with coloured lights and those precious glass ornaments..
And the tinsel !!
There it all was along with the smells !!
The fir boughs, the oranges and apples, and the turkey baking in the oven..
The bowls of fruit and candy..
Ribbon candy and Barley Toys..
So much to see... So much to smell and oh wow!
It is Christmas Day!!
The smell and the lights and the tied up parcels were all just so magical!!
I hope my children remember Christmas like that...
And now they are all grown up but I still chose joy for our home and when they arrive on the our big family day the excitement will be here waiting for them....
It is my job ....
And I love it !