CHRISTMAS 2010Oh my gosh! Where does the time go? If you haven't friended me on Facebook, you've missed out on a lot of day-to-day excitement since my last post in October. (Don't you love my sense of humor?!) Seriously, Christmas is almost here! And this year we've actually done a few out-of-the-ordinary things in preparation for the holiday (holiday = holy day).
Back on December 1, Edith & Pat & I went to see about 9,000 poinsettias at Mitchell's Nursery, located just a couple miles from us. If you check out their website, you'll see that they are one of 33 greenhouses in the U.S. and Canada that grow various poinsettias on a trial basis to see what does well and what people like. We weren't able to attend the Open House, but we got a sneak preview.
Pat invited us to Horne Creek Farm for Christmas by Lamplight on December 2. There were stories told about Christmases in the good old days, we sang carols, and we had a nice warm supper of potato soup or beef stew in bread bowls, a fruit cup, dessert, and hot apple cider. This will be a great place to revisit, especially when it's not so cold!
On Saturday, the 11th, I went to Boone with a small group from our church, Chestnut Grove UMC, to help process Operation Christmas Child boxes at Samaritan's Purse. It was a wonderful and eye-opening experience.
Christmas is fast approaching, but I'm just about ready! The curtains are decorated , the tree is up , and my nativity set has a place of honor in the living room .
I have sent off the boxes that needed to be sent, and tomorrow I will wrap the gifts that need wrapping. We will gather at Edith's on Christmas morning (after chores, of course) with as many family members as can be there. We will start with breakfast and we'll keep nibbling all day long, stopping long enough to open presents.
If it weren't for the inestimable love of our heavenly Father, we wouldn't have a Christmas to celebrate. But he sent his son, the perfect Gift. You've heard the ageless story and I hope it has found a home in your heart. It's the basis for My Christmas Song, which I would like to share with you below.