Tuesday, December 23, 2008
.....and a Happy New Year!
Just want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my friends and family! I hope it's the best one yet! Stay safe and healthy and keep the Christmas spirit in your heart all year! Let's pray for a wonderful 2009.
This photo is of my husband, my daughter and myself last year at Christmas. Yea, I'm the short one! LOL...Can't wait to create more memories with them this Christmas. All the best to you!
Friday, December 19, 2008
My friend Jen, borrowed this from a fellow blogger named Stephanie Waite. I had to borrow it from her as this is truly what Christmas is all about. Enjoy!
The Meaning of Christmas
Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. This is how it happened. I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room, and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree. He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out. "What are you doing?" I started to ask him.
The words choked in my throat, as I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement, TEACH THE CHILDREN!
I was puzzled: What did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree.
As I stood there bewildered, Santa said, Teach the Children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that a now-a-day Christmas has forgotten!
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it on the mantle. Teach the Children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind. All the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man's thoughts turning toward heaven.
He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. Teach the Children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of that promise.
He then reached into the bag and pulled out a CANDLE. Teach the Children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.
Once again he reached into his bag and then removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree.
Teach the Children that the wreath symbolizes the eternal nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.
He then pulled out from his bag an ornament of HIMSELF. Teach the Children that Santa Claus symbolizes the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.
He reached in again and pulled out a HOLLY LEAF. Teach the Children the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly berries represent blood shed by Him.
Next he pulled out a GIFT from the bag and said, "Teach the Children that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift. Teach the Children that the wise men bowed before the holy babe and presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We should give gifts in the same spirit as the wise men."
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree. Teach the Children that the candy cane represents the shepherd's crook. The crook on the shepherd's staff helps bring back strayed sheep from the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother's keeper.
He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. Teach the Children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior's birth. The angels sang 'Glory to God in the highest, on earth, peace and good will.'
Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulledout a BELL. Teach the Children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of a bell, it should bring people to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.
Santa looked at the tree and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, "Remember, teach the Children the true meaning of Christmas, and not to put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One who is, and I bow down and worship Him, our Lord, our God."
I know it's been awhile since I've posted. There's really no excuse as I recently quit my day job...YEA...so I should have lots of time to post here. But being that it is near Christmas, there are so many other tasks that must get done. My Christmas cards are all sent. Whew! What a relief! The wrapping isn't done yet but I don't have much of that to do anyway as we're going cheap this year. We finally finished decorating the tree tonight. Keri and I had lots of fun doing that. We took several photos of each other and really cracked each other up. I haven't laughed like that in a long time! It felt good! I will post photos of our tree as soon as I get them into my computer.
I do have this layout I made today to show you. I had so many leftover ovals from all the votive candle screens I made that I wanted to find a use for them. I came up with this great flower then worked around it for the rest of the layout of my granddaughters. I think this turned out so cute! I also used one of the die cuts from the Close To My Heart basic dazzling die cut set along with one of the chipboard hearts that come with them. I love the new January promotion from Close To My Heart called Key To My Heart. The stamp set is awesome! The scrollwork on this layout is from that stamp set and I used one of the papers as well. The butterflies are from the new Butterfly Wings set and I love that as well. So many uses for butterflies! Hope you enjoy this layout!