Hello everyone – Happy Friday!
welcome to the December 18th edition of
I wish I could pass you a plate of Christmas Scotch cookies and a nice cup of tea – just like I did for our Bible study group that met here this week.
But since I can’t . . . I guess I’ll just have to one for me and one for you too 🙂
It’s been a very full week ~ with all my Christmas favourites ~ one right after another.
1. Getting the house all decked. Sarah and I finished the tree.
It was fun telling the stories of each ornament ~ including this funny little Christmas elf. It was my very favourite ornament when I was growing up.
Here’s the tree decked in all the ornaments and the big lights that we’ve had for years. Sarah calls them disco lights. 🙂 We always had big lights when I was little so that’s what goes on the tree now.
Call me sentimental – I don’t mind. I love the hand-made ornaments from kindergarten days, the ornaments given to me in my teaching days, the little baby ornaments that mark each year a new little one joined our family, ornaments given by family and friends, and especially the little angel given to me by my sister.
It’s so relaxing to sit by the tree with my beloved, listening to carols and sipping on a glass of wine. I’m looking forward to a number of those evenings over the next two weeks.
2. Another Christmas favourite? Our annual Sunday School concert ~ complete with Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, sheep, a cow and Baby Jesus in the manger.
Sarah was the accompanist for the children and she played beautifully! This year’s concert had an international theme. The children are singing a French carol in this picture – which explains the Eiffel Tower on the screen.
Can you believe I forgot my camera?? I rushed home to get it – we live next door – but by the time I got back the little shepherds’ part was over.
I managed to sneak a shot of this little guy in the pew. Oh my – I think they were the cutest shepherds ever.
This little fellow was trying to hook me with his crook. I must be getting to the grandmother stage – everything they do is cute 🙂
3. That afternoon was birthday celebration time! Robbie is our December baby.
Here’s the birthday boy with his sweet girlfriend – Dorothy is a music and art teacher and she put on a wonderful Christmas school concert last night. Roger, Sarah, Robbie and I went together – it was marvelous – and so much work. The children sang so well. One of the numbers was a black light show to the music of the Nutcracker Suite. It was awesome. Dorothy is such a talented teacher.
She and Robbie are laughing pretty hard in this picture.
Maybe you’d like to know why?
Note John on the violin. You might wonder if he plays the violin.
Only on birthdays.
It’s our latest new tradition.
And it causes a lot of hilarity.
The Birthday Serenade.
(No Sarah doesn’t play the flute either – but James is excellent on the guitar.)
Speaking of James – here he is with his sweet wife Nora. I had an facebook message from them yesterday:
We arrived – everything went well
At our hotel now and going to go for a swim…quite hot. and sunny. not to rub it in.
Love son and d.i.l.
They are enjoying a well deserved honeymoon. They were married 2 days before their university classes started so they couldn’t go then. They finished exams last week and boarded a plane for Costa Rica. I’m so happy for them – and I’ll enjoy the beach weather vicariously! They arrive home on Christmas Eve.
That Sunday was such a lovely family get-together – but we were thinking of our oldest boy and daughter in love in London. Miss you sweets!
4. Even in the midst of all the Christmas preparation and festivities, I have times of quiet. That’s one aspect of having a heart problem that has taken some getting used to. Resting isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.
I tell myself that’s good. And I know it is, although I get frustrated and discouraged at times. It’s difficult to have to stay at home when you want to go somewhere.
But, on the other hand, enforced quiet time gives opportunity for other lovely activities.
Like reading. I have this book in my library pile and it looks good.
and this one – same title but different author – it also looks promising.
Quiet time soundtrack? This week features Liona Boyd’s Guitar for Christmas
5. For my final Friday Fave, I’ll leave you with a picture of a long ago Christmas.
My brother Scott, sister Deb, and me – age 3, I think. Our Nana is in the background.
Who remembers tinkertoys??
Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit this week.
Thanks so much for coming by.
PS – For more Friday Faves drop over to visit Suzanne and the Friday crew at Living To Tell The Story