Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Tis The Season to be.........BUSY!!!!!

 

I think, as of yesterday, I'm done with the decorations!


Our family Bible open to the the account of Jesus' birth.


I love my snowmen!

More cuties.  : )


Just a little tree in my craft room.


I won't bore you with more.  LOL  : )  How are all of you doing with decorations?  Are you paring down this year, going all out, or somewhere in between?  I really went through my decorations last year and gave a lot away so putting them up this year was much easier.  I don't go all out anymore - I think I'm somewhere in between.  This is the first year that every room has a little something.

I had to tear myself away from the craft room to write this post.  It's been snowing since 6 a.m. and I took advantage of that.  No housework, no running errands - just getting into the craft room and create.  Window treatments open wide, hot chocolate at my side, and music playing.  I dream of days like this!!!!  : )  
This is out our front door - the window was fogging up so it's not a great photo!

It's almost 4 p.m. and the snow is winding down.  After writing this post, and after I put supper into the oven, I'll head back to the craft room and finish up.   Supper tonight is baked pork chops with Acorn squash.  I love oven meals on snowy days.  : )

From the title of my post, it's the season to be busy.  It happens every year.  Church programs and events.  Gatherings for parties.  Cooking and baking.  Shopping and wrapping.  It's all good and it's all fun, but if we're not careful we can get tired out, overwhelmed, and lose out on the true meaning of Christmas altogether.  It can get to be more me-centered than others-centered (or, most importantly, Christ-centered).

To help with that, I feel it's important to have a list - kind of a "countdown to Christmas" list available to pull ideas from so that we remember to be the hands and feet of Jesus to other people.  Here are some ideas:

*Taking goodies to your local fire department, police department, gas stations, convenience stores, urgent care - anyone who has to work on Christmas
*Give a card (maybe with a gift card tucked in) to your mail carrier
*Fill a bag or two with groceries and take it to your local food shelf
*Send Christmas cards to your local nursing home or senior care center
*Pay for someone's meal
*Pay for someone's groceries
*Buy extra hats, mittens, scarves and hand them out at bus stops
*Carry extra umbrellas in your car to hand out to anyone standing in the rain/snow
*Give a generous tip to a server
*Leave money in vending machines 
*Leave dollar bills around the dollar store (or now, it's the $1.25 store)
*Make "foot care" kits for waitresses and nurses - write a note of encouragement
*Scrape the snow off someone's car
*Help a neighbor with snow removal
*Buy, and deliver, a pizza or two for anyone who has helped you this past year
*Make a holiday basket for a family in need - gift card to local grocer, homemade treats, a new Bible, notecards with stamps, tree ornament...........
*Take homemade baked goods to a local women's shelter
*Play secret Santa and leave a gift on a doorstep (someone you know who needs a pick-me-up)
*Send a card/letter to someone in the military
*Give diapers to a local pro-life center
*Drop off toys, books, coloring books w/crayons to a hospital and/or clinic
*Make fleece blankets for the children who are in the hospital
*Make pretty table decorations for a nursing home
*Invite people into your home that don't have family around - play games, share a meal

This is not a comprehensive list.  I'm sure there are other wonderful ideas out there.  For some of these ideas, it would be wise to contact organizations first before dropping something off.  It seems like Covid changed everything especially when it comes to prepared meals and goodies that come from your own kitchen.  Sad, but true.  So, ask first just to be safe.  It would be awful to go through all the time, energy, and money only to find out that they won't accept it.

Also, and VERY important.......don't feel like you have to do all of these things and don't feel like you have to do them by yourself.  This would be a wonderful chance to get your kids and/or grandkids involved.  Family projects are so fun and meaningful and a great opportunity to make this a learning experience on how we can all make a difference in the lives of others.  Or, if you don't have kids/grandkids, how about getting together with a group at church or people on your block?  You can share in the expense and the more the merrier!

Well, I hope this has helped to put some "others" giving into Christmas this year.  I know it's been a good reminder for me!!!!  : )

I'd better end this post for now, get into the kitchen, and listen to the snowblower clearing the snow away.  God bless you all and thank you for taking time to read what I have for today.  Hope to chat again.

Mary


 











7 comments:

  1. Hello! We are kindred souls, my friend. Your day sounds like my dream day. I love snow and cozy! I love a delicious meal on snowy nights too. Your Christmas decorations look wonderful! Everything looks so cozy and festive. Enjoy your days and nights in your Christmas home!

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    1. Hi Billie Jo! Or, fellow kindred soul. : ) It really was a nice and cozy day - just what I needed. Thank you so much for your kind words. Enjoy your home too!!!

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  2. Hi Barb! This is the first year where I did do a little in each room (main level) - believe me, nothing big, just a little touch here and there. I'm all for the simplified as well!!! : ) I'm ready for the snow - I love white Christmases. I remember a lot of brown ones and it just seemed so.....not right! LOL

    A hug back to you, Barb. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment - I really appreciate hearing from you.
    Mary

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  3. Hello my friend, Your decorations look beautiful and I am sure that when it’s dark, the lights in the snow will be just lovely.
    I’m with you.. I love those days when you can give yourself permission to just do what you want . A snow day is just perfect for that. ☺️
    I had planned to pare down our decor this year, but haven’t done much of that although I did get rid of one of the trees and gave it to my Mum in law for the activity room in the sheltered housing where she lives.
    I’ll need to take some photos of more of the decks to share (if I can remember!). I love your ideas list. Very useful indeed, thank you. Also, regarding the acorn squash. I was able to find one over here and was so pleased as they aren’t common here. We enjoyed ours too.m
    Have a lovely week, and God Bless.m
    Christine

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    1. Hi Christine! Thank you so much for your comment. : ) Sounds like you are keeping busy with everything in preparation for Christmas too! God bless your week ahead.
      Mary

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  4. Love your beautiful pictures, as always! I definitely was not bored looking at them. Your very cozy home is what we all strive for. Though you have an advantage with a fireplace! We finally got our tree up yesterday ("late" but I didn't stress!) and my DH did the nativity scene outside. JR said he'd put up the lights on Friday, and I will finish decorating this weekend. I'm starting my Xmas cards. And I'm happy my shopping - and wrapping - are all done! First time I've ever finished wrapping early. But I'm feeling that need to declutter again. There is too much stuff. We just agreed to get rid of a beautiful chair holds our extra couch pillows, because the chair isn't comfy, as well as knitted blankets from my aunt that we've never used. So hard to say goodbye to these items, but someone else may love and need them. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home! You inspire me to keep decorating and decluttering! Every time I want to put up less, my son says, "I just love how all-out you go for the holidays" and so I put it all up :) This was the first time in 30 years that I helped my mom decorate, and we were able to declutter a bag full of decor the 3 of us didn't care for anymore. Your list of kindnesses is inspiring, too. Enjoy your home and snow!

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    1. Thanks SO much, Janine! Our now 33-year old son still enjoys the decorations in our home when he walks in - he's only been married 5 years but feels they should be further along in their decorating for Christmas. I keep having to remind him that the decorations in our home is the product of 34 years of collecting! I reassure him that with time and patience, they'll get there. : ) Now on to you!!!! My goodness you have been busy and you're done with shopping and wrapping?!!!!!! I'm totally jealous. : )

      And......I'm looking forward to more de-cluttering after Christmas. My house is small so it needs it on a regular basis. Thanks again for your comment - have a wonderful week ahead. God bless.
      Mary

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