Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

Usually in December, we attend some Christmas home tours in different towns.  This crazy, crazy year, we have stayed close to home, and most of the tours have been canceled, anyway.

So I’m going to focus on some of my favorite decorations that we’ve seen over the years.

This house was on the tour in Waxahachie in 2015.  The decorations was whimsical and fun.  Plus, they appeared to be expensive.

I wondered if they were special ordered and who would eat all the candy used in the displays.

So many trees – probably about 10 throughout the house.  Each with a theme.  This one was in the kitchen, so there are gingerbread men, candy, and baking utensil ornaments.

My favorite decorations were in the kitchen.

Santa soaking in a bubble bath in a clawfoot bathtub.

This was a large house.  Every nook and cranny was decorated.  It blows my mind to think of the time involved, but I think she had friends to help.

Creative.

 

Upstairs was not open.  Cute, cute idea.

“It was the night before Christmas.  Not a creature was stirring.  No even a mouse.”

 

Decorations continued outside on the wraparound porch.  Love this sign.

Love the draping ivy on this old stove used as a plant stand.  Another clever idea.

This was a fun tour.  Maybe next year.  Aren’t we all saying that about things we missed this year.

“You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things:  a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”  Maya Angelou

Joy, Sadness, Hope

As the end of the year is nearing, this post is about some recent personal events in my life.  I will return to gardening in my next post.

A wonderful event gave us joy – This month our granddaughter graduated from Dallas Baptist College.  She has a job and will start her Masters in January.  She has always brought us great joy.  What a super time for our family.

Even though we knew this event was imminent, sadness came with the passing of my 97 year old Mother last week.  She was a part of our lives that will be missed.

Hope – As the celebration of Christmas nears, it is a reminder that the Christ child came for the purpose of salvation for all people.  A relationship with Jesus comes with an acknowledgment of our sin and separation from God; our repentance; and faith believing in Him.

May God’s presence and mercy take you through whatever valleys of sorrow and hills of joy you experience.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8