“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!””
Is Christmas really only 4 days away?! I hope all of you are finished with your shopping and all of the hustle and bustle that comes along with this time of year so that you are able to relax and enjoy this coming weekend with your families! Here at Everyday Living, we have been busy sharing our home decorated with things collected over many years…the precious items that are held so deeply to our hearts and full of memories! Before Christmas arrives on Monday, I wanted to let you all, our dear readers, in to a more personal side of our family’s Christmas…some of the traditions we have. Some have been a part for a long time and some are a little newer! Traditions are the moments and the times that create memories that last a lifetime!
*No one gets into the Christmas spirit more than my Renaissance Man. He begins with the cutting of pine, cedar, and Leyland Cypress from our twenty acres.
We really aren’t sure when Butch began making the Williamsburg fruit fan wreath (more than 30 years ago for sure) that hangs on his workshop entrance, but a year has never been missed! He also adds white lights to the rose arbor and our garden fence! Time ran out on his plans for the patio, but he did cut a cedar tree (Charlie Brown style) and decorated it with colored lights!
Butch also places fresh greenery on the chandelier in the dining room and refreshes it weekly! Do you see why I call him my Renaissance Man?
Most of you know that music has been a major part of our lives! It was music that brought Butch and I together. And what better way to celebrate Christmas than through music? We love attending Christmas concerts, movies, and theater! We have been most fortunate to attend many through the years! So many are only beautiful memories with no photos…John Denver Christmas concerts and also a Johnny Mathis one to name a few. Music is truly the soundtrack of our lives!
The historic Alabama Theatre in Birmingham hosts their annual Holiday Film Series each December…and the tickets sell out fast! White Christmas is one of my favorite movies with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing and dancing. We saw the Broadway production in NYC in 2008, it was truly magical!
Two years ago we attended Joy-An Irish Christmas by Christian artists and composers, Keith and Kristyn Getty, who are from Ireland. It was a night of beautiful traditional and Irish folk music and worship…and particular meaningful because we had made a trip to Ireland that summer!
We attended “Behold The Lamb Of God” last year at a church in Birmingham. It was such an enjoyable evening of worship by Andrew Peterson, singer, songwriter, and author! If you haven’t heard of his album “Behold The Lamb Of God”, then you should check it out!
Last Thursday Butch and I heard Jennifer Nettles in concert, who blended Christmas music with her country hits! It was worth driving and the price of admission to hear her sing “Celebrate Me Home” and “O Holy Night”. Tonight we are going to hear the Annie Moses Band in concert. They are a family of incredible musicians and singers…can’t wait!
…but the majesty of the live nativity at the end always brings me to tears!
Food evokes so many memories of Christmases past. My precious Mother was a fabulous cook, and no one has ever topped her desserts! Since she passed away ten years ago, I make many of her recipes at Christmas! Her fruitcake converted folks that said they hated fruitcake. She would bake and give away at least ten every year. I don’t do that, but I do make one for myself and Daddy each year.
…and when he married, Allison got in on the action! This year Ella Mae will be helping us…can you imagine flour everywhere? It will be so much fun tomorrow!
Butch and I are so grateful to have traveled to almost all of our 50 states, over 40 countries, and 5 continents. We hope to make it to Australia in the future, but I will pass on Antarctica! We started years ago buying a Christmas ornament everywhere we traveled. As we unpack them and place them on the tree each year, we share the memories of every place we have visited. May I share just a few with you?
Left to right 1) Boston, 2)Monticello, 3) Alaska, 4) Mount Vernon, 5) just one to represent many skiing trips to Colorado, 6) New Mexico, 7) Grove Park Inn, 8) San Francisco, 9) London
We have collected so many that we have to rotate them from year to year. I guess a travel tree would be a nice addition, but since I have only put up one tree the past two years, I don’t see that happening!
A photo from six years ago when Butch and I went to the Biltmore for the candlelight Christmas tour! No photos were permitted, but it was truly gorgeous! We stayed at the Biltmore Inn and we look back on the trip as being so memorable…sometimes the most unexpected places make for a beautiful memory!
Becoming grandparents nineteen months ago has been an amazing gift from God. Ella Mae has brought so much joy and fun into our lives. Most of you know that I keep her three days a week…all we do is play, dance, sing, read, eat and nap but I love every minute spent with her. A grandchild is the best reward for getting older!
Most of our Christmas memories and traditions start right here, our home of almost thirty nine years…and I would not want to live anywhere else! It is small by today’s standards but it is filled with a lifetime of memories! Thank you sweet readers for allowing me to reminisce and share some of our traditions! We know there will be some new traditions, but we will hold on to the old ones also!
I hope you will be spending time with your families over the next week, as that is what I will be doing! Let’s keep making memories and sharing traditions with those we love!
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