Tag Archive | Christmas

Merry Christmas One and All


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We are truly lucky to have three wonderful sons and their partners and one adorable grandson, especially at Christmas time, which is so full of memories of Christmasses gone past.  Although our parents are no longer with us and we ourselves are growing older, there is still much joy to be had. You only have to look a little way for it. The pictures today are of a present we received from one of our sons. It was a Christmas hamper, filled with carefully chosen goodies designed to please us. I’d like to share with you what we found in it.

Most of  the foods were handmade and how they found the time to make them all, let alone pack them up, is beyond my comprehension since both have full time jobs! It made me feel very humble.

So to say I was grateful is an understatement because for the last ten days I have been suffering with a dreadful head-cold, one of the worst I’ve ever had with all the horrid symptoms imaginable. Hopefully it’s going away now!! slowly!!

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We’ve eaten the delicious gammon and leek pie, which was  filled with goodness and smelling wonderful.

For tea there is mackerel pate, sausage rolls, cheeses, home-made fudge, biscuits and goodness knows what else.

The next picture shows a rolled up knitting magazine for me to enjoy later. There was also a tape measure and another little gadget, which will be handy for my knitting exercises.

Can you see two miniature whiskys?

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There is toffee in the paper bag below. We’ll have to watch our teeth on that! One Christmas I had a very nasty experience when I ate some of those tiny silver balls and broke two back teeth.  Ouch! I shan’t be eating those again.

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There are gold coins in the gold box, which reminds me that I wanted to tell you that some more buried treasure has shown up in a field very near where the Staffordshire Hoard was recently discovered.

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The card brought a tear to my eye!

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Thank you for letting me share some of the joy I am experiencing.

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Count Your Blessings

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Christmas Cribs


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Back in 2007 my church in England had an exhibition of Christmas cribs. People were invited to bring in their cribs for display and a small entry fee was charged for the pleasure of looking at them. They were gorgeous and many of them told wonderful tales of family history.
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I have become accustomed to showing them again each year because they are so pretty. Do please click on the pictures and read the words.

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I know that many of us are struggling with the question ‘where was God last week when all those beautiful children and their teachers were shot’ and there is no answer really: but we must have hope. Without hope we have nothing. We must have hope that the world will become a better place and where better to start than with a new life – a new baby born to save mankind from themselves.

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I have to believe that most people are good people.

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Please take a few minutes to look at these lovely scenes and try to find some hope in them.

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Do you have your own crib? If not, why not get one? make one? During the Christmas period, when we are all so fixed on over-eating and indulging ourselves, why not have a focal point in your room, which when you gaze at it, gives you HOPE.

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I want to wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

May your God go with you wherever you wander.

Oma

Time to shop for Christmas.


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It’s time to shop for Christmas, if you haven’t already!

I’ve been getting out of the cottage regularly once a week for a few weeks now, although my Christmas list is still unfinished.  These pictures were taken in my local shopping Mall yesterday and I thought I’d show them to you today. This year’s theme is stars and I think it works very well, don’t you?

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I don’t know about you, but I rely a lot on lists at this time of the year. It’s nice to tick things off when done, then finally one gets to the point where there is nothing left to do.

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There is always something, sometimes several things, that get forgotten or lost. This year for me it is the gift tags.  So far I haven’t found the ones I carefully made using last year’s left over Christmas cards. It’s too late now because I’ve bought some new ones.

There are two levels to my shopping Mall. You can see the layout clearly in the next picture. The balcony shops are at the top and there is a lift to the lower floor. This is very useful for wheelchair users, older people like me and mums and dads with young children and pushchairs.

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We have lots and lots of cafes here, but they’re not all in the middle of the Mall like I’ve seen in America. Ours are more spread out around the Mall and in the stores themselves. One is never far away from a cup of tea or coffee over here.

The hanging stars in the next picture look better in real life than in the photo, but you can get the idea. Very pretty.

The triangular shaped piece of furniture in the centre is a rubbish bin, which is emptied regularly throughout the day.

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These beautiful reindeer are made out of painted twigs with little fairy lights all through. Just delightful.

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Christmas is all about giving and the wishing wells in the next pic. are part of the Mayor’s appeal. You can donate to his appeal and make a wish at the same time.

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So as we prepare for Christmas let’s take some time to appreciate all the work that has gone into our lovely decorations. They are enjoyed by so many people, especially the children and really help to put our hearts and minds into the spirit of Christmas