Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas -- all this and more...

Posting things I love all month, Christmas things that make me happy, is tons of fun. But to me Christmas has lots of meanings.

Christmas is the celebration of new traditions with the men I love most -- here we are cookie decorating on Christmas Eve, an annual tradition.
Christmas is getting together with friends. Here are two pix of us at my house last week.

Christmas is snowpeople -- real...

And of the decorative variety!

Christmas is remembering special childhood moments -- looking at the creche...

Christmas with my best childhood pal, Major...

And those great Christmases with my mom -- the ultimate Christmas Queen!

Christmas is recalling carols by the piano with my uncle and cousins.

Christmas is entertaining...

...and setting a lovely table (with Christmas dishes, of course!)

Christmas is special ornaments. The gingerbread man atop the tree in the photo above was made by my dad for mom in an "original wrapping" contest we had. He sewed it by hand and stuffed a pair of earrings in the space he left in the seam!

Christmas is making things -- projects done (and many more, undone!)

Christmas is a cup of tea or hot chocolate with Christmas cookies from this teapot...

Or this one!
Or this right jolly ol' hand!

And little marshmallow snowmen!

Christmas is my next door neighbor's lawn decorations! (This is only a wee corner.)

Christmas is a chatty orange boy who loves sitting under the tree.

And of course, there is the spiritual component of Christmas, one I can never forget.

I wish those of you who celebrate Christmas a merry one, and those of you who celebrate other things -- Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and of course the New Year, many happy moments this holiday season.


Jeanne said...

How sweet and precious indeed.

but in this season it it well to reassert that the hope of mankind rests in faith. As man thinketh so he is. Nothing much happens unless you believe in it, and believing there is hope for the world is a way to move toward it.
Gladys Taber

Merry Christmas
Love you

Anonymous said...

Every picture had me saying "Oh!" with delight. Every one of them such a treat, from the pictures of you and your family and your dog, Major, to the marshmallow snowmen, and oh, the table setting!!!! I'm inspired (and will be trying a few new things at our table this year.)
Your house is lovely, Jeanie, and thanks for sharing with us. Christmas hugs to the Gypsy and of course, to you!!!

JessInFocus said...

Your house looks so festive! How nice to have all your boys there to decorate cookies and spend time together. I love all your photos. Give sweet Gypsy a hug!

Bree said...

Can I be adopted by your family for Christmas season? I think I've been misplaced. Love the photos and traditions. Very cool! I love that you can still get grown boys to decorate cookies.

BONNIE K said...

I loved this post. And I loved the gingerbread man your dad made! Merry Christmas to you and Rick and Greg and Kevin!

Laura said...

Merry Christmas to you!!!! I love this post....the most wonderful thing on here is your Mom's Christmas skirt! That is classic! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!


Mary Timme said...

I love Christmas and do very little other than the usual shopping, which I try to do all year, so it isn't a big deal, but we love being warm and loving the Lord on Christmas. I wish you a Merry Christmas!

anno said...

Like Oh, every picture here made me feel deeply happy. You have a great gift for celebrating the season, and if it is to be a long, dark winter, I am certain that we are better with you in this world making your kind of warm, bright magic. Merry Christmas to you all!

Joanne Huffman said...

Lovely thoughts and lovely images!


jet1960 said...

Though I enjoyed seeing all your wonderful pictures, my favorite is the one of you and your doggie. That was a lovely shot.

How great that your guys will decorate cookies! Obviously they are really special fellows.

Merry Christmas to you and them!

Anonymous said...

i knew i wanted to visit you today jeanie...i was thinking about my mom, which in turn had me thinking about you...and how you miss your christmas queen of a mom.
i love the story about your dad making that ornament. your day must be filled with so many feelings and memories! good ones :) you have given me such a wonderful gift of friendship this year and i feel very blessed to have found you.... i must thank rosa for that introduction :) it is 11:40 your time and i wonder what you might be doing; music? ( most definitely), cooking? (i'm sure of it), last minutes good wishes in the neighborhood (perhaps), loving life!

Merry christmas jeanie!!!

Judy Winter said...

I want a copy of the photo of you looking at the creche! Love it! Merry Christmas to the holiday queen, and my treasured friend!

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