The Post Of Christmas Past

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭

It’s been said that today is tomorrow’s yesterday.  Certainly a statement that uniquely reminds me of how fleeting life is and how important every moment of this day should be.  Isn’t every moment part of the making of a memory? I’m always in a hurry and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Let’s face it, a large part of our conversation as well as our thoughts are about the past.  Memories are so precious and one of our greatest possessions.  Memories can be sad and are often heartbreaking.  And we are all aware of the fact that our ability to remember fades with age and even fails those who are young sometimes.  This is a hard reality that affects many of our families.  I will not overlook this fact, but instead simply choose not to dwell there.

Memories come in all shapes and sizes but the best ones are usually the simple, the small, the personal, and even a silly thing or two (or maybe 200).  An occasion, a holiday, a funny, a friend, a story (possibly embellished over time), food, a photo, a hair-do, a song, a special item or memorabilia, and on and on we could go….! Maybe it was the time someone smiled when you needed a smile or someone called wanting nothing more than to say “I love you”.

We are sharing a few Christmas memories of our family that we cherish with you today.  At the same time I am hoping to be more mindful of the fact that I am making memories as a part of my everyday living.  We cannot control a lot of things, but as much as possible within me may I choose to make fond memories today and every day.  Part of a lyric I remember says “all too soon the future becomes the past”.
One of our favorite little get-aways was December 2011, when we made last minute plans to visit the Biltmore at Christmas.  We stayed at the beautiful Inn on Biltmore Estate which was perfect.  We booked the candlelight tour of the mansion and it was magical, and of course, we had to get a photo.

Every year as I unpack the ornaments, memories of family, friends, travel, and special times flood my mind.

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An Old Time Christmas

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone”
Isaiah 9:2

Letters to Santa.  Candy canes.  Big colored lights.  Popcorn garland.  Assorted hard candy.  Do you ever wish Christmas was simple and magical like it once was?  Through the years, the decorations have multiplied and the time has escaped during the holiday season.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the new and exciting ways of bringing Christmas into our home…the nutcrackers that stand guard at our door, the flocked trees in our bay window, and my collection of Radko ornaments that grace our tree.  But I will admit that it takes a lot of time and energy. As I scurry around to decorate every inch and corner of our home, I think about how Christmas used to be.  So today, I want to take a step back into time.  I think George Strait said it best…”Let’s have an old time Christmas just like the ones from yesterday, an old time Christmas for old time’s sake.”

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Simmering potpourri…

…brown paper packages…

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Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop: Plaid Tidings

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13

Trees are going up and the halls are being decked…that can only mean one thing…it is, indeed, the most wonderful time of the year!  Whether you are one of our daily readers or finding yourself here for the very first time, we welcome you to our Everyday Living!  It won’t take very long before you see that I enjoy sharing a wide variety of topics…from gardening to decorating to travel, and always a new tablescape every week!

Christmas calls for family gatherings and dinner parties…the perfect time to set a beautiful table!  It can be as elaborate or as simple as you want, but what will stick with your guests is the love they feel when they put their feet under your table.  Today, we will take a look at a table I put together using what was readily available from right here in my garden and yard!  At first glance it is a fun table, but I think you will agree that when the lights go down, it brings about a rustic ambiance that ushers in the season! 

A special thank you to Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate for organizing this fabulous party!  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the full line-up.  I hope you will take the time to visit them all this week and get ideas for your Christmas tables!  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and send Plaid Tidings to you and yours! 

A white linen tablecloth offers a background for all the festive colors and patterns of Christmas!

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