Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category


Pondering Relationships

While I was taking the ornaments down from my Christmas tree last week, I started thinking about how much easier it is to take it all apart than to put it all together.  I just methodically take the decorations from the tree, drop the hook in the box, and place the ornaments in their piles.  […]

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Sweet Tradition

Oh what fun I had making this year’s ornaments.  I’ll begin here with thanks to my sweet G.  Without your help this year on the cutting and sanding, I’d still be working in that shop!   Love it when the sanding is complete and I can really start having fun.   First of all… the […]

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Shondelles and Rondelles

Shondelle and Rondelle… these are happy, happy words in my Christmas vocabulary.  They belong in sentences like, “Please pass the salt and pepper”, but you say it like this… “I need the gold shondelles.” Oh my goodness!  How many times did my family sit around Nana’s dining room table strewn with beads and pearls and […]

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Santa in the Box

I have this beautiful Santa-in-the-box… a gift from my grandparents.  They didn’t give it to me when I was a child.  No, it was years later when I was married with a home of my own.  They knew I loved Santa, and I think they always wanted their family to keep the awe and wonder […]

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Better Watch Out

We know that you’d better watch out We know that you’d better not pout That is the gist To make Santa’s list And he’s watching us all, I’ve no doubt   He knows if we whine day and night He knows if we bicker and fight If we curse and we swear Dirty laundry we […]

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Happy December!

It’s December!  I love this month for so many reasons.  If you’ve been reading my journal through the years, you know how much I love the “Holiday Happening” here in Portales.  It’s today… and I’m out of town.  But I’m there in spirit, and I’ll be looking forward to photos from family and friends. This […]

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Church House

From the very first week in 2011, when we broke ground on the first project of the year, I knew what our Christmas gift would be.  It was a great pleasure to build a beautiful church building in Portales this year… complete with a lovely white steeple and wonderful stained glass windows.  I always love […]

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Greetings From Father Christmas

From our barn to yours… Merry Christmas! ~

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Holy Days

I love words.  Love to know their origins, how they’ve changed through the centuries, which ones are identical or similar in other languages. I seem to cringe a bit at little jingles or cards that say “Happy Holly Days”… even though it is a cute little play on words.  I love the word “holiday”, and […]

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Peanut Brittle

Some lifelong friends of ours moved into our neighborhood a couple of months ago.  I was out on a glorious winter walk this afternoon and stopped in to see their Christmas tree… and besides… I hadn’t seen their home since they got settled in.  There they were, cozy as you please, little grandchildren scurrying about.  […]

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Christmas Gift

Does your family share this tradition on Christmas Day?  My great-aunts and uncles always did, and I have one uncle in particular who carries it forward.  When we greet one another, it’s a game to see who can remember to say it first.  I believe if you’re the first, you’re supposed to get the other […]

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Reader’s Digest Santa

I have this Reader’s Digest Santa.  I’ve looked over the internet at various photos of this wonderful old craft project… and I do believe mine is the best.  (Imagine that!)  My Nana made this one, and he came out every Christmas along with quite a variety of her handmade decorations.  She loved Christmas crafts! I’m […]

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