Thursday, December 19, 2019

It's Getting Closer............

I love my snowmen - this one will stay out through winter.  : )

How are you doing?  It's been a while since I've last posted.  Mostly because I didn't feel that I had anything to write about!  I'm sure I'm not doing anything different than the rest of you in preparing for Christmas.  The menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are planned and I now need to cook ahead for ease on those days.  I baked our sugar cookie cut-outs today (because it wouldn't be Christmas without the bells, stars, trees, Santas, and angels).  The gifts are wrapped and there is a feeling of the waiting now - I always look forward to that feeling.

My favorite time is the early morning hour - all is quiet and still. I make my way to the kitchen to prepare a cup of coffee (is there a better smell than that first cup of coffee?).  As that is brewing I go into the living room and turn on a few lights - especially the Christmas tree - get my comfy chair ready with my Bible and notebook, go and grab the coffee and settle in.  The Lord is teaching me so much this Christmas - and some lessons to learn are not easy lessons to learn.   God is so patient though.

In the Mary and Martha passage of the Bible, I'm definitely Martha!!!  I find that I can get so wrought up in the doing that I need to constantly take a step back and remember what (Who) the celebration is for!!!!  I think for us women we want everything to be just right, we want everyone to be happy, we want everyone to be comfortable and although we can call it having a servant's heart we have to be careful of not playing the part of martyr.  I can get caught up in the "poor me's" when it seems like everyone else around me is relaxing and having a nice time while I'm the one at the dining room table wrapping gifts, clearing off the table to get the next meal on, cleaning, baking...........you know what I mean!!!  I only need to remember that the frustration I feel is self-imposed and then the lightbulb in my head goes off - "just ask for help" - and everyone is more than willing to help.  As Charlie Brown would say - "good grief".   : )

So, as I look at the tree in the wee hours of the morning I see the old vintage ornament given to us by mother-in-law:

  
A newer ornament made by a friend:


A cute thrift-store find that looks like she is always camera-ready:


All the things that we put out around us to remind us of Christmas past and Christmas present.  There are a lot of things that want to steal the Christmas joy, so what we do in our homes is vitally important.  All these little touches, all the cooking and baking - all of it is a way to tell people that we love them and appreciate them.  It's one of the best gifts of all.

God bless!!  : )

2 comments:

  1. Mary, Your mornings sound very much like my own, and yes, that first cup of coffee in the peace of the morning is.. well, bliss.. I fear I too, have a "Mary" type of personality too, and I have to remind myself more often than I care to admit, that nothing is so important as to let it steal the opportunity to be blessed in other's company. They are not there with us for "perfection"...
    May both of us (and any other "Mary's" out there) keep your post in mind as we go through this next week.
    p.s. Your ornaments are precious :-)

    Have a lovely weekend,
    Christine

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  2. True, Christine. : ) And, yes, I love pulling those ornaments out each year - I actually forget what we have sometimes. Have a wonderful weekend as well! Mary

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