When I was a kid, growing up in a new, suburban neighborhood, all the houses had outdoor decorations for Christmas. One neighbor had an over-sized Santa in his sleigh with super tiny reindeer on his roof. I always thought it looked so funny, but I sure looked forward to seeing it every year. Our house had lights illuminating the roof line and we hung a string of lights around each window. The tree sat in the living room directly in front of the big window and us kids took such pleasure in decorating it.
This box holds so many memories for me. It is the only box left from my childhood and it's filled with various ornaments we made all those years ago. Us kids would drag all the boxes out from under the basement steps and haul them upstairs to the living room. We would empty all the boxes and have everything sitting out all over the living room. It took us hours and hours to get everything just the way we wanted it. (Funny how I don't remember taking any of the decorations down -- maybe mom did it when we went back to school).
I'm reminded of all the happy Christmas' of my childhood, when the magic and wonder of the season filled everyday leading up to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Opening another little window on the Advent calendar and reading that day's bible verse kindled that excitement for the upcoming celebration.
It sure seemed like the days lasted alot longer back then.
Can you believe that I'm still trying to find ornament designs to stitch for gifts for family members? I know, I have that super long ornament list, but... I - just - can't - decide!!! Any suggestions?
I celebrated a birthday on Monday and this is what Hubby made for me. No gifts, but he made dinner and cupcakes! My youngest daughter is in Japan right now, but she sent me a birthday message through facebook. My oldest daughter and future son-in-law stopped in for a short visit too.
Simple joys made my day!
I can honestly say I've don't ever remember being able to sit on my porch swing without a coat, gloves and hat on my birthday. The temp in my area of Illinois made it up to 72 degrees!
May you find the magic and wonder
of this holiday season!