December has been a whirlwind in this house, so far, and the CHRISTmas season seems pretty 'normal' in so many ways that are comforting; the baking, the decorating, the gift shopping/wrapping. Since I already relied on my ChiefHubby who does nearly all the grocery shopping now, and picks up other items I list for him; my own season has been pretty norm. It's actually pretty comforting in that way. I'd say the lights up on all the homes is probably the biggest change, as it seems to me that more folks are putting up more lights this year than in previous years. Not a bad thing, that. We all need to help 'light the way' for everyone else.
Today began a 'new life' in our house. (If you missed it, CLICK HERE .) And tomorrow is our "CHRISTmas Day" with the older set of Kids and Grands. We have a dinner (it ranges each year from pizza to the full works, with this year being baked ham sandwhiches, chips, baked beans and deviled eggs).We 'do' the CHRISTmas story of the Baby JESUS (by puppet, play, or story book with help of The Bible), then it's opening gifts and having fun together. We're pretty modest and have usually kept a limit of $125 for each kid as they grew up, so with the Grandbabies so little, the same limit is still there. Kids don't need toys care about toys unless they have someone to play with those toys alongside them. In this family: Memaw is the main 'toy', and I admit to having the time of my life with these three babies!!! We'll head up to Minnesota after the 25th to have another celebration with the younger set and Baby Pecan. He was only
a few weeks old last year, so this will be like his "1st Christmas", and I am looking forward to that. Everything in between will be taken as it comes. This has never been my favorite season, by far. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is my favorite with July 4th being the day of the year most looked forward to for myself. I guess I had too few memories of 'good' Christmas seasons in my childhood. But GOD turned all that into great memories in my adulthood. Seeing this time of year through the eyes of the little ones can change even the worst Grinch- TRUTH!!
"Little" is what got me going in the direction of mini items for this Deck the Halls TFJB Challenge . And it made 2 songs stick like mud in my head... Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, & Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas....that second one sets the scene for this set of "littles" in a theme we are to make some kind of seasonal make- that is not a card.
So let's hit the deck...lol!