The Spirit of the Season

Just now I have decided to stop rushing around–just for a few moments–and breathe in the spirit of the season. I am a “Christmas-all-year” kind of girl, and so when I can, I sit and allow the beauty and wonder to become part of me so that I can carry them with me wherever I go…

Day 20–Wrapping Gifts

Gift wrapping is an art. It is an extension of the gift itself, showing extra love and care in addition to the thought you put into its selection.  Truth is, the Christmas tree doesn’t look complete until it has dozens of presents under its lowest branches.  They are an organic part of the decorations. What makes a beautifully wrapped package?  A…

Day 11–My Grandmother’s Tree

I have always loved Christmas, in no small part because my grandmother also loved Christmas. We called her Muner (pronounced moo-nah.  I don’t know why we called her that.  You’ll have to ask my oldest cousin, Steve.), and she really decked her halls every year.  She let me help her assemble her artificial tree, which was…

Day 3–O Tannenbaum!

As I am in the throes of decorating the tree, I give you a previous post on what the tree means to me: When I talk passionately and effusively about my Christmas tree, my friends all smile and nod indulgently.  They too have beautiful trees, beautifully decorated and beautifully lit.  It’s true, they do. But my…

Christmas Top Ten

My Christmas Top Ten: When the boys were young… 1. Not Christmas overdone–Christmas everywhere!  Every little thing is a celebration.  Every store, every streetlamp, every neighborhood, every everywhere, there are lights and decorations. 2. Holiday spirit overflows as people have an excuse to detonate decorating bombs in their yards.  Each house has more lights than…

My personal Tannenbaum

This year’s tree: The top is waiting for husband to get home from Vietnam (on a OneSight mission). He has two jobs: picking out the tree and putting the star on the top.  When he gets home, we’ll be waiting. I have waxed nostalgic about my Christmas tree before (December 2013): I have a tree…