Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Reality of it all...

Christmas is coming...ready or not.
Some things are turning out well. I finally put up my Christmas village. It's been several years since I've had it up. I'm not sure why.
Unfortunately, however, my pointsetta got taken down to the church for the Christmas concert and was forgotten there. Apparently it was too cold for it. What a bummer.This is how it looks at the back door...constantly. But I guess that is OK...The reason it looks like this is because this is what it looks like outside...It's very pretty and a Christmas Wonderland...but I think we have enough for awhile. :)

This is what it looked like in my living room this morning. Fortunately, because I was able to have some time home alone today.... I was able to accomplish this:

I haven't posted about the Vintage Christmas Swap yet.
Here are some pictures of what I sent to Debbie at Ribbonwood Cottage.Here are two pictures of what she sent me. I love the "Let it Snow" plaque. It was a fun swap!! Getting lots of supplies for Christmas was great!
I also wanted to share part of an article with you. The following is an excerpt from something that Kevin Bauder wrote. (He is the president of a seminary in MN).
"As we marvel at the beauty and wonder of the Son of God, the lights and tinsel of the cultural Christmas become alien intrusions. This is not to say that they are bad in themselves or that we should not enjoy them as we experience the world at large. When we gather as Christians, however, our purpose in Christmas is to ponder and celebrate the incarnation of our Lord. At such moments, if we must think of a tree, let it be the one that was lifted up on Calvary. If we must ponder a wreath, let it be the one whose thorns pierced our Savior’s brow. If we must consider a gift, let it be the unspeakable gift of God’s own Son, deity robed in flesh, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, who for us men for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man."



Tracey said...

love your pics... I am in a winter wonderland too..Maine got about a foot of snow and more tomorrow. I am currently making beef stew, lobster stew and deviled eggs for tomorrow night, Christmas Eve with my children. You have a lovely tree and beautiful gifts. Enjoy your Christmas and blessings to you this holiday.. Merry Christmas, Tracey

Tracey said...

Cathy, pop over to my blog,, I have an award for you!! Merry Christmas, Tracey

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Cathy! Beautiful post ~ beautiful snow pics, beautiful tree, beautiful thoughts & words!

Happy Holidays!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Cathy! I hope you are enjoying your Christmas holiday! We had a wonderful time and loved being with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and on and on....I wanted to thank you again for all my goodies...I enjoyed them everytime I looked at them...I am saving the tags for next year...I love to open things I haven't used yet! Anyhoo...hope your time with your precious family was wonderful! The Lord bless and keep you!