Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas to All

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My Christmas cards have been designed, created, and mailed.

The gifts I am giving to family and friends are wrapped. Those that needed to be mailed to far away places have been sent -- on time!

The house smells like Snickerdoodles and Oatmeal, Cranberry, Walnut cookies that have just come out of the oven. As soon as they are cool, they will be packaged into hand-decorated bags for delivery to my close neighbors this afternoon.

A special Black Forest Cake for my Good Neighbor will be in the oven in a few minutes, and will be cooled, decorated and ready to deliver before suppertime.

At church, all the brass and silver has been polished, the Christmas frontal and other special hangings have been placed. The area behind and around the altar has been decorated with white and red poinsettias, small rosemary trees and even a couple of small fir trees (sans bells and trinkets). The window sills are dressed with tiny pine wreaths and candles, and beautiful. large wreaths are hung on all the outside doors. The nativity scene is set up, ready to receive the baby Jesus during the Christmas Eve service. It's all beautiful.

I'm happy and content.

My wish for all of you is a Blessed and Happy Christmastide. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Please remember --

The Work of Christmas

When the song of the Angel is stilled,
When the Star in the sky is gone,
When the Kings and princes are home,
When the Shepherds are back with their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:

To Find the lost - To Heal the Broken - To Feed the hungry -
To Release the prisoner - To Rebuild the nations -
To bring Peace among brothers and sisters -
To make music in the Heart.

- Howard Thurman


Jeannelle said...

Lovely photo! Merry Christmas, Pat!

Peter said...

Hello Pat,
Lovely Post, Happy Christmas to you! Thank you so much for the lovely card that you sent us, it arrived in Friday's mail, and is greatly treasured and appreciated and was of enormous assistance in putting us in the Christmas Spirit. Sorry nothing sent to anyone so far this Christmas... we had a bit of a wibbly-wobbly run up to Christmas with various silly health things and deadlines for work that still had to be met... one after another, and ended up just having to do what we could one thing at a time. However, we've now at Christmas day, and the sun is out, the garden is beautiful, and the cats are enjoying lazing around in the warmth! Lovely to hear from you too on my site, Kind thoughts and a Splendid Christmas to you,

Peter, Laura, Nigella Stopit, and Ginger xx

Snap said...

Merry Christmas, Pat! Hugs---

Arkansas Patti said...

Sounds like you are quite ready for a wonderful day.
Merry Christmas Pat.

Hilary said...

Have a beautiful Christmas, Pat. :)

Jackie said...

Pat...after reading this blog post, I am aglow as I take in the sights and scents you so eloquently shared.
This is lovely.
Merry Christmas to you.

rhymeswithplague said...

A beautiful post.

Merry Christmas to you, Pat, and to everyone you love!

We received your beautiful handmade card and consider it one of the special joys of this year's Christmas.

Countrygirl said...

Merry Christmas to you!

NitWit1 said...

Beautiful picture for Christmas. but I loved the post, especially the end, because that is the way I see it.

Hope your Christmas was joyous and you have a very Happy New Year.

Suldog said...

I'm late for a "Merry Christmas" reply here, but you know I wish you that same spirit for the coming year! God bless!