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2006 Christmas Memories

What a wonderful Christmas we had. Our Sunday School lesson on Christmas Eve was about passing the baton. John, our leader that day, compared our responsibility as parents to the sprinters in a relay race. The reason teams with the fastest sprinters fail to win is in the passing of the baton~they run into each other or they drop it. Our responsibility as Christian parents is to pass the baton smoothly to our children in order for them to grow in love for the Lord. It was a very good analysis.

Later Christmas eve, we had R’s step-daughter here and we all opened our gifts. Ashlynn is only 11 months old and wasn’t able to grasp how to open her gifts even though Daddy was right there ripping away. Next year! I think another reason for her lack of enthusiasm was the fact that she hadn’t had a nap all day. Naomi even got in on the act! Then it was time to go home.

Ashlynn

Naomi

Christmas morning arrived with everyone sleeping in late~the advantage of no small children. Once everyone was ready, we made the short trip to Granny’s house. As mentioned previously, Hubby has six brothers and sisters and all have children. Three adults did not make it this year due to prior obligations and they were missed. Granny decorates every room in her home and very seldom is it ever the same. We got to meet our great-nephew~Ben. Rachel’s cousin had a baby boy just two weeks prior to Kelsey’s arrival.

Kelsey~Going to Granny’s

Granny’s Nativity

Granny’s House

Nativity Egg

After a wonderful meal, almost entirely prepared by Granny, the children went to the basement to open all their gifts~chaos ensued. Since I’ve been involved in the enthusiasm for 23 years, I decided to stay upstairs. Once this excitement died down, it was time for the adult chaos to begin. We had our Chinese Gift Exchange and MOST seemed satisfied with their gifts, although some were quite disappointed~especially after they had lost the gift they had already “stolen.” One gift was actually a regift from last year’s Gift Exchange. I’m not sure how, but we ended up with it and it may just be there again next year! LOL

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Holiday Wishes

From our family to yours!
May God bless you richly!!

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Christmas Fun

I did this last year and it hasn’t changed so here it is.

Christmas Elf Name

My Christmas Elf Name is

Get your Christmas Elf Name at JokesUnlimited.com

I like this one. However, we STILL haven’t had any snow around here!

You Are a Snowflake

You live for the winter – blizzards, cold nights, snowball fights! The holidays are just a bonus!

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12 Days of Christmas

I’ve seen this on other blogs but wanted to share it too. Many of us are familiar with the Twelve Days of Christmas song but I ran across this explanation which I thought was interesting.

In the carol,

  • two turtledoves represent the new and old testaments of the Holy Bible while
  • three French hens represent the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.
  • Four calling birds are the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
  • Five golden rings represent the Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the old testament of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
  • Six geese-a-laying represent the Biblical story of the six days of creation.
  • Seven swans-a-swimming symbolize the seven sacraments, the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • Eight maids-a-milking represent the eight beatitudes.
  • Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit while the
  • Ten Lords-a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
  • Eleven pipers are the eleven faithful apostles of Jesus Christ and finally,
  • the Twelve drummers are the twelve points of principle of the Apostle’s Creed.

But this doesn’t mention the first day~a partridge in a pear tree. Anyone have any ideas?

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Forgive my casualness, but that is exactly what I am…a chip off the old block. If you are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are too.

Our pastor has been doing a series on Creation from Genesis. I know, we all know the creation story, but this has been an in-depth, word by word study. Yesterday, we came to the verse “Then God said, ‘Let US [trinity] make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness.’ . . . So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:26, 27-NKJ ~ italics mine) I don’t know about you but that blows me away~still~even after 24 years of walking with Jesus.

We are created in the image of our Heavenly Father but we have a sin nature. The Hebrew word for image is tselem which means to carve out or cut off. Hence, a chip off the old block. We are whittled to be like God! We cannot evolve into the image of God~it’s not in our genetics or DNA!

God created us to be in fellowship with Him. But because of sin, we are out of fellowship with God. We can have a “personal relationship with God” if we possess the Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit upon believing that Jesus came into the world as a baby, died on the cross with our sins on His shoulders and was raised on the third day. It’s that simple ~ just BELIEVE!

How about you? Are you a “chip off the old block”?

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It’s time for…

The Christmas Meme


1. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone you want, who would it be?
Why, my Hubby, of course.

2. Where would you like to spend Christmas if you could go absolutely anywhere at all?
Sombra’s answer was: “Right where I am, in my cabin in the snowy mountains.” We don’t have a cabin in the woods but that’s exactly where I’d like to be too! Oh yea, that reminds me…we have a friend that owns a “Plush” hunting cabin…I wonder if they will be using it for Christmas. Hmmmmmm.

3. Have you ever made a snow angel?
Hasn’t everyone? Although I must admit it has been quite a few years! I think the last time was when our girls (now 22 and 20) were small.

4. Have you ever been in a snowball fight?
Yes, but again, many years ago. More recently, I just get bombarded by my Hubby or girls~even the neighbor kids get in on it.

5. What is the strangest thing you ever got for Christmas?
Guess I’ve had all good Christmas presents because I can’t think of anything that was strange~at least what I would define as strange.

6. How early do you wake up on Christmas morning?
For many years (even as an adult) I used to get up REAL early but after our children were born, I was able to sleep in longer. Now is that strange or what!

7. Name one thing that you always get for Christmas.
Many, many things. I get excited, frustrated and tired. Excited because the whole entire family gets together. Frustrated because the whole entire family gets together. And, tired because the whole entire family gets together.

8. Have you ever gone caroling?
Yes, with the church youth group when I was a youth. It was such fun.

9. Favorite Christmas scent.
My favorite smell would have to be that of a fresh Christmas tree but I’m also crazy about many of the Christmas scented candles.

10. Homemade cards or store-bought?
Unfortunately, it has to be store-bought. Although I don’t work (outside the home), I still don’t seem to find the time to make them.

11. Homemade cookies or store-bought?
Homemade! Especially the ones someone else made! 😉 hee hee

12. Least favorite Christmas song.
I agree with Sombra on this one too~All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth is the pits~it has to be the worst Christmas song ever written.

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Yes, I did it again.


I can’t help it. I guess I just have a compulsion to change my template. Once again, I’m not going to say that this is the last time because it probably won’t be. Yea, I really do have better things to do, but this is sooooooooo much fun.

Speaking of fun…I found some cute Christmas cartoons that I will be sharing throughout the holidays. Here’s the first one.

For those of you who also visit My Photo Blog, I also made a little change there. Hee Hee

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