Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

I hope you have the opportunity today to spend some time with family and/or friends and enjoy the real meaning of Christmas. I love Dr. David Jeremiah's daily devotional for Wednesday of how Christmas is about emptiness - "an empty throne, and empty manger, an empty cross, and an empty tomb, all of which fill our empty hearts."  There is much more to this but I don't want to infringe on any copyright laws and I'm sure I did some with just the 1 sentence. If you get the Turning Point please check it out. 

We will be having dinner with my dad and his wife then going into town to spend time with church family.  I do have some cards to share but I decided to get a bit more personal and share some of my favorite ornaments on our tree.

This one celebrates our youngest son's first Christmas.  He is now in his 30's and has a baby!

I had a horrible time getting a clear picture.  I think this is my 3rd try.  But this is our son's baby!  Can you see the resemblance? Both pictures were takes at about the same age, 5 months or so.

This is of our 2 youngest granddaughters.  We don't get to see them much, mostly Instagram and FaceBook but hopefully we can visit this next summer or even Thanksgiving.

I made this ornament Wednesday to put this picture of our granddaughter and her family on our tree.  The stamp is from Holly Berry House and I've had it about 18 years.  I stamped the image 5 times on some paper that I decorated with the Shaving Cream technique and I used an embossing powder called Christmas Gold.  Red and Green Stickles was also used.

This little 2" Swinging Santa was made by my Mom many ears ago.  We used to live in a uranium mining camp in central Wyoming in the 50's - 70's and there was a little ceramic shop which was open once a week.  Mom and I both made dishes and many other items.  I'll be getting the Nativity Set she made (hopefully).

This one was painted for us.  I think my Mom and Dad gave it to us back in 1984.

Our youngest made this with Legos.  I don't think he remembers it but it's a fond memory.

We got this cute ornament from our oldest son and his family this year.   Cute, isn't it!

Last Friday we attended my cousins' Christmas Party.  This party has been a tradition for over 20 years.  We have a gift exchange with a bit of "stealing" going on.  Each gift is allowed to be "stolen" twice then it's frozen.  I had fun wrapping our gifts (2 coffee mugs with pistol grip handles).

I made little package toppers for fun.

These little Hershey Kiss trees were made with instructions I found on Pinterest.  Once these gifts were picked and opened they both were "stolen" and frozen almost immediately.  We had a great time but missed both my Aunt (passed away last January) and my Mom (passed away June 2014).  Next year we'll probably be missing one of my cousin's sons who has ALS.

I hope you have a most blessed Christmas and remember, Jesus IS the reason for this season!  It was named after Him!  God bless you.

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