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‘Tis The Season . . .

By Regina Merrick — December 16, 2016

The Christmas season is definitely upon us. If you’ve shopped (I laugh at this – of COURSE you’ve shopped!), you’ll know that Christmas stuff is on the shelves along with Halloween. If you have a Hobby Lobby in your life, you’ll know that there are some Christmas things out year-round. And that’s OK. Crafters can’t wait until October to start projects.

My projects at Christmas revolve around two areas – decorating and cooking.

2016-12-03-23-08-38For some reason I feel the need to decorate most of the nooks and crannies of my house. Every year I say I’m going to cut back, not have my house look like North Pole South, but once you get all those boxes OUT, I mean, you may as well do SOMETHING with it, right? I pick up a Santa or a Snowman and remember where I got it, a funny anecdote that happened in years past. When the ceramic nativity scene comes out, I remember that my sister-in-law got that for us early in our marriage, and that it was crafted by a special-needs sheltered workshop in the area. The mantle just doesn’t look right without the Holy Family in the center.

2016-12-03-23-08-08And then there are the Christmas tree ornaments. SO. MANY. ORNAMENTS. We’ve had to start putting them on from most important to least important. For some reason the Cracker Barrel store and the Scrabble board ornaments always make their way on to the tree when I’m not looking.

But the cooking – I’m talking fudge, peanut butter snowballs, truffles, spiced nuts, party mix, cookies. It’s the candy I love the most, although I have a new recipe for spiced pecans that are out of this world. Really.

spiced-pecansThe best part of the holiday prep, though? Getting ready to have both my daughters home for the holidays. This week the youngest finishes her next-to-last semester of college and will be home, and next week my oldest and her boyfriend will be flying in from NYC.

So, I have candy to make, more spiced nuts to make (because my husband and I have demolished the first batch), gifts to wrap, Christmas music to sing and play, and a house to prepare.

Then, I will rest. I will enjoy my family. I will sit on the couch and look at the twinkly tree and Nativity on the mantle. I will love the life God has so graciously given me.

I hope you all have a Merry, blessed Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Warm hugs,

Regina

merrickchristmas2014P.S. Selfies and bifocals do not mix well – but I love this pic of us!

 

(7) Readers Comments

  1. Kav
    December 16, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Sounds like the perfect blend of busy and family and respite. And of course you have to use all those precious decorations filled with memories. And if you don't have room on the tree for all the ornaments might be time to add another tree to the mix. LOL Merry Christmas, Regina.

    • December 16, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Oh Kav! Maybe someday! LOL! Right now I do well to get the one big one up - I do have 5 little ones scattered around, but they're not decorated as much as just lit and bow-ed! Merry Christmas, Friend!!!

  2. December 16, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Love it, Regina! The pic of your family is adorable! And I love seeing what craftie people can create! The first thing that caught my attention was the Bible beneath your nativity set. What's the story behind that?

    • December 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      I'm so glad you noticed that! It's an Olive-wood Bible that some good friends brought us from Israel on a trip there several years ago. It's very precious to me, and I love putting Baby Jesus on top of the WORD! :) Appropriate, don't you think? Merry Christmas!

  3. Dawn Ford
    December 19, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I actually did cut back this year. Mainly because we were out of town for a week, and I'm trying to get my edits done, etc... BUT, I realize I may have bought too many tree decorations when I put my choice of colors up (this year is pearl and burnt orange) and when I put the boxes back I found the ones I bought last year to put up this year (black and silver). I had totally forgotten I'd bought them.

  4. December 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I feel your pain! LOL!

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