Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas tree pics

Here are some pictures of my little Christmas tree. Like I said, once I decorated it, I was glad I went through the effort. I went with a silver theme, and I must say I love it. I even found stockings to match at the dollar store. Gotta love a bargain!

You can kind of see the spiraly things in this picture. I have no idea what the official name of them are, but I love them. They add a 'modern' look to my tree.

All lit up....

I tried to get Mimi to pose in front of the tree, but she isn't the best at "sit". When you tell her to sit, she thinks that means on your feet or somewhere touching you. So, I had to tell her to "lay down" which she thinks is punishment! Surely it's easier to pose children - you and always bribe them, right?! Haha!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas time is here....

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year
Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share
Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there
Christmas time is here
We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year...
Let's just be honest, I love Christmas. I'm fond of snow at Christmas (but no other times!), I love the music, the smells, the sounds, the friends and family, and of course the food! I came home from Thanksgiving with my family and decorated my tiny little house, and I love it. It feels so cozy and "Christmas-ey". I went with a silver and white theme this year, and am so OCD that I am carrying it over into my wrapping paper. I have some gifts to wrap this weekend, so I'll post a few pictures after is all together. There are even stockings hung on the wall for us and the dogs. I even put a timer on my tree so I could fall asleep with Christmas lights glowing. About a month ago, I was being bah-humbug because I just wasn't feeling Christmas, I was down in the dumps about being 'alone' and feeling sorry for myself, but surrounding myself with pretty decorations and my nativity sets really reminds me of what Christmas is about. I'm even getting to spend an extra weekend with my family during this season.
Add all of this to the fact that I only have three gifts left to by, and I'm a very happy girl on this Friday night!
A blog I follow, Marla Bernard's, a beautiful lady I know from my Stillwater/OSU days, posted asking people their favorite Christmas memories. Here's what I posted on hers (because I'm too tired and lazy to rewrite it!):
One of my favorite things about this time of year is talking about Christmas memories! Every year before we opened our gifts with my dad's side of the family, someone would read the story of Christ's birth from the bible and we would all pray as a family. That is one of my favorite times, and something that I hope to continue when I have a family. Anway, one year, my brother, two cousins, and I decided we wanted to act out the story, so we raided my grandmother's linen closet and used towels and sheets to dress like Mary, Joseph, and the shepards. We had a lot of fun doing it, but what I remember and love the most about it is that my it was so special to my grandparents that they talked about it for many years after.