Reflect on the reason for the season

Poinsettia arrangement

Calm down, be at peace. It will all work out and come together. If you aren’t enjoying the blessing of being able to give to others and if it’s only stressing you out & causing angst, it’s not worth doing. Maybe your focus needs redirected.

Focus on the one who gave it all for you, Jesus. Thank God that you are able to do what you are able to do. If you are able to bless others with gifts, thank God for it. If you aren’t able to give material gifts, then give a more precious gift – yourself. Thank God for your physical abilities, for food on your table; more importantly, thank God that you have all those family members & friends (who you are wanting to bless with gifts).

When friends apologize for not getting their Christmas cards into the mail ‘on time’, I truthfully tell them that I honestly enjoy receiving Christmas cards after Christmas; it relieves the post Christmas let-down.

Poinsettia ceramic mug with coaster lid

Christmas is less than 2 days away but there’s no need to stress. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll call Joy and ask her to meet me over at the Café for something warm to drink and some down time; we’ll have a good, long chat. I think I’ll also encourage Pap Wayne to meet his buddies over at the diner to do the same.

It’s time to Reflect, to Praise and to give Thanks.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Be blessed dear friends, be blessed.

 

 

 

 

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Christmas preparations

fishing villagerestaurant and home

Would you believe that every house on the street has been decorated with candles in the windows, lights and garland strung indoors & out, and lovely wreaths hung invitingly on every gate & front door? Everyone knows how much that pleases me. What a beautiful sight the Olde Fishing Village must be from out on the water!

Naturally I, Grandma Abigail, as matriarch of the village, have my gift shop decorated to the max. Twinkle lights are woven throughout the shelves-full of hand painted glassware. My goodness the glassware does sparkle. It’s so much fun to stand out on the sidewalk at night, after the store has closed, and gaze at the thousands of tiny lights cheerfully highlighting the numerous handcrafted items on the many displays. Many yards of green garland and dozens of beautiful red silk poinsettias add so much cheer. Sigh. This is my favorite time of year.

An artfully decorated tree fills the front display window. Along with the hundreds of tiny white lights are all sorts of handmade ornaments; spiral shells covered with white glitter, sand-dollars painted in lighthouse designs, starfish adorned in beach-ready gear: straw hats, sunglasses and painted-on bath suits. So cute! Then there are the shells that have little angel faces & halos. These are just a few of the ornaments hanging by red, white or green ribbons from the branches of my cheerful tree.

Off I go to meander the streets of the village to enjoy all of the Christmas decorations. Come back soon and I’ll let you know what else I discovered.