This year has been a very good one. So much to be thankful for.
We're going to celebrate at home with some festive dips, appetizers, a movie, and a sparkling toast!
Hope you have a very Happy and Blessed New Year!
But because of these! Family gathering and enjoying time together. Dear Bebe was getting kisses and hugs from her Aunt and cousins...
And big sisters! Here Step-Daughter #1 watches as Dear Bebe plays with a gift she gave to her. The joy on her face was precious!
And well, I'd be lying if I said these weren't fun this time of year too!
Hope you all had a great time with your family this Christmas.
The reason for the season! All are welcome to celebrate, no one is excluded.
For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, for whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
Enjoy the day with your family and friends... today we also celebrate my Dear Hubby's birthday.
A special time to share with those you love.
(This devotion was written by Jim Liebelt)
In Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch suffers from having a small heart. The source of his heart problem is his lack of understanding the meaning of Christmas. As the story goes, the Grinch tries to put a stop to Christmas, but in the end, he comes to understand what Christmas is all about and his heart grows three sizes! This heart change makes a big difference in his life.
I’m not sure what Dr. Seuss’ intentions were when he wrote the story back in 1957, but it certainly comes across as a Christian parable to me that parallels the change that takes place in a person’s life when he or she comes to understand the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus, God’s Son, who was born to save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). When the light of the Good News of Jesus dawns upon the heart of a person, God replaces the old heart of stone, with a new, fleshy heart – and a new person emerges.
As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“Welcome Christmas – While we stand – Heart to heart – And hand in hand.”1
It might just make all the difference in the world.
We celebrate Christmas because of the power Jesus brought to change our hearts.
Don't miss more uplifting posts this Christmas on Charlotte on Ginger's blog....Spiritual Sunday.
The other tradition we have is to hang the pickle ornament somewhere on the tree and let our neice and nephew look for it to receive a special present.
We also remember the reason for the season and celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas Eve. We each open one gift.
For more pinks and holiday traditions visit Beverly's blog at How Sweet the Sound.
And have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
For awhile I wanted to become a chef because of this infatuation with a cooking show.
Food. Yes, delicious food. You will want to find some and consume it the entire time you are watching the film. A good idea would be to start cooking dinner when watching the movie to help curb the urge.
And Meryl Streep. Wow. She did an excellent job! I mean, really good.
The movie lagged at points but Dear Hubs and I hung in there anyway. I'd say it was the only down side, for me.
I had never heard of Julie Powell, who blogged all about cooking and Julia so this was new to me but intriquing at the same time because I blog. I've heard others say they didn't like the Julie Powell character (played by Amy Adams) but she seemed normal to me. (Despite all of her meltdowns. Doesn't everyone have meltdowns? :0) ) These were also people who read the book before they saw the movie. See, this is why I don't read the books...this way I won't be disappointed. (I'm kidding, people, kidding.)Anyway, in Jillian's Pages style I'm going to give the movie 3 1/2 popcorns. It brought back a nostalgic memory for me...sitting in the living room watching Julia whip up something while I dreamed of cooking something fabulously French someday when I had my own kitchen.
But for Ms. Streep's performance I have to go all the way and give her the whole set of 5:
Remember the summer lodge in the movie Dirty Dancing?
It's just like that. Just like it!
And we love it. Here is a shot of their annual gingerbread house, baked by the culinary staff. Amazing!
All hand iced and all the little candies stuck on with icing.
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