Reflections

What fun a mother has at Christmas time. When it’s time each year to set up and trim the Christmas tree, it is like receiving a multitude of presents. With each box that is opened revealing the ornaments and trimmings for the tree, there are gifts inside. The gifts of Christmas past. This year, I just wasn’t in the mood for Christmas at all. As empty nesters for quite a bit now, the memories flood in of all the Christmas times we’ve had when the kids were still at home. Some memories are of tiny tots, school age, and even as teenagers verging upon adulthood. This year, it was just me trimming a tree. (hubby is inspiration as he sits and observes..lol, but that’s okay by me). No more do we have little hands hanging ornaments wifty/wafty here and there; mostly hanging from the bottom branches. I finally did venture up to the attic to bring all the trimmings down. I’d decided I would spread them out, take inventory, and decide what to pitch to the thrift store. I ended up pretty much not being able to part with anything. I’d forgotten the Santa ornament that was on the first present that was given to our firstborn by his aunt 48 years ago. 20141209_214633

I’d forgotten the handmade crafts that I’d made when the kids were small as I filled the early days with things to keep busy while some napped or just played on the floor.

Large one is candy dish snowman
Large one is candy dish snowman

Christmas EggsChristmas egg ornament..fun to make.

I’d forgotten the Santa made from Reader’s Digest in school by little hands.

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I’d forgotten the ornaments that house pictures of my little ones including now the grandchildren ones given as gift ornaments. I’d forgotten that each had their own unusual crocheted stocking (a MaryJane crocheted shoe for the girl and tennis shoes for the boys) that have been handed down to them as they celebrate their own Christmas.

2014-12-06 20.13.12 You can tell this is first one I made, got carried away and made it too large.

I’d forgotten the three bears that I crocheted as a gift to my young son when there was little money for gifts, and the heartbreak of realizing he thought it was a coveted gift he wanted when he saw the large wrapped box, but the heartwarming way that he hugged them and said he loved them when in essence he didn’t. jerbear2 He is 43 now and each Christmas we laugh about the three bears, but still have them. 🙂

So, with each box that I opened the memories were and always are the best gifts for me as a mom of the Christmas season as well as the true gift of Jesus’ birth.

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These Angels were easy and fun to make. Just gauze pretty much soaked with glue and formed over a styrofoam cone. I used kk_Sophia on the background of the Angel collage to share with Texture Tuesday:

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Razzy Cmas 2014 Merry Christmas from Razzy to all your Fur-babies too.

Across The Field

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The view across the field and down the road from my house. This is not this year, but the snow has fallen and it looks the same. Each time I look across the field with the bare tree line, it reminds me of a painting. What gorgeous work the artist Mother Nature and our Lord does. I love looking out at the snow with the world all white and clean like a renewing. When Fall is over and the leaves are gone and before the winter season starts with the snowfalls, it is like the world is kind of sad, and then the glorious snow starts falling, and the world is bright again.

This week and last, the snow is falling…I’m having a good time this year as we head into the holiday season getting back to the basics of what Christmas is all about. I’ve been doing the Advent Study with the Good Morning Girls and enjoying getting back to reading Scripture, which I had let go by the wayside in the past few years. Enjoying my memories of the childhood Christmases with my mom who couldn’t provide and how the small things were appreciated even as a child. I had two sisters, and she was newly divorced, but such fun we’d have going to the corner store at Christmas and dragging a cut Christmas tree three blocks back home to be decorated. I now know the lovely people who owned that store gave the tree to us, but at the time I assumed we’d paid for it. Life was simple, and I now know that maybe it wasn’t so simple for my mother, but she never let it show. She sang, we made paper circles to hang on the tree and we loved every minute of that time. Christmas morning I don’t remember presents being under that tree, but the memories of magical Christmases still remain. Family is Christmas to me.
As time went on and I had my own family, times were better for my kids, they got to be spoiled by gifts, but I tried to keep some of those traditions.

My wish is for everyone to have a blessed & fun holiday season and enjoy the smiles that we see on children’s faces and the light in their eyes as they enjoy the wonder of Christmas. Their faces are a gift to the world as we find gifts in many forms and different places.

Sharing with Kim Klassens Texture Tuesday…textured with her kk_touch of texture-1

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Simply,

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