Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Is In The Air!

Christmas is in the air in our home and neighborhood! Just being together with our family for Thanksgiving and helping trim daughter #2's Christmas tree last night, sure bought out the holiday spirit within me. I am now in full swing for Christmas! Today I hear ladders clinking, staples snapping as we and our neighbors put up our house Christmas lights. Soon I will share with you some Christmas home decorating pictures.
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Take a deep breath and enjoy the sweetness in the air! For starters, here are a few ideas to help make this Christmas extra special!
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*Don't forget whose birthday we are celebrating!
*Be the first to wish everyone you meet a Merry Christmas!
*On a clear night, find the bright North Star & recall the story of the Wise Men.
*Enjoy a couple of meals illuminated only by the Christmas tree.
*Don't let a rude person steal your Christmas joy.
*This Christmas, give yourself the gift of living in peace with those things you cannot change.
*Take a shut-in a scrumptious Christmas dinner.
*Don't count calories from December 15 through January 2nd!!!!
*Give from the heart.
*During the month, crank up the Christmas music!
*Wear a CHRISTMAS apron while cooking in the kitchen.
*Throughout the holiday season, give your family the gift of a sweet disposition.
*Put something Christmasy in every room in the house.
*Remember that Christmas carols never sound better than when you sing them in church.
*Record a cheerful Christmas greeting for your answering machine.
*Watch It's a Wonderful Life.
*Pray that Heavenly Father will help you see opportunities to be a blessing to others this Christmas.
*Never ever, refuse a holiday dessert!!!
*Remember that peace on earth starts with peace in our hearts.
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More to come...XO

47 comments:

Lorilee said...

I had the Christmas CDs in as we were driving home Thanksgiving night. I was hoping for an inspiration for this year's family photo/Christmas card theme! None yet!
Blessings,
Lorilee

*Shelli* said...

MOM...thanks for the ideas. I need them. We learned to crank up the music from you and to decorate the day after Thanksgiving!!!! I remember our family trips in the car to pick out and cut down our christmas tree. It got a bit silly at times.. well all the time and good thing we have fun pictures and videos of it all! :) Thanks to you and dad for a wonderful Thanksgiving. We loved every second of it and the deep fried turkey was so good. Love you xoxo

Connie said...

MJ, I found some large pink ball ornies at Goodwill today and shrieked with delight, chickee!! I'm hangin' them fromt he ceiling in my office or craft room. Will post pix when done....
Smooches,
Connie

Mo said...

Thanks for the great To-do list. I love it! There's nothing like truly enjoying the holiday season.

Beverly said...

Hello Maryjane! I can just imagine you decorating your lovely home for the holidays! I hope your Thanksgiving was perfect! I look forward to seeing some pictures of your decorating...hint, hint. Have a lovely week, dear friend!

Heidi said...

Pretty Pretty! Can't believe it's time for Christmas! Exciting!

my place said...

Hi Maryjane,
Just love the 'Christmasy' look and feel of your posting. You encourage me to get busy and create something special for our Christmas.
Thanks for the list, just great.
Love to you and Best wishes,
Joan (N.Z.)

Julie said...

Oh, Miss MaryJane!

You've just given the best list!

I'm looking for that Christmas feeling....it's coming and going... hubby says that I need to slow down. I know that I should, this is my favorite time of year. I hate to miss it.

Can't wait to see your beautiful lights!

Blessings,
Julie

Sit A Spell said...

Loved your list and will do my best to follow it!

Bless...Shell

Mimi Sue said...

I love all your Christmas suggestions. My favorite, "never ever refuse a Christmas dessert". Love that. My goal this year is have a calm, peaceful, happy, Christ-centered Christmas. I'll need to work on that every single day. Have a wonderful Sunday. Mimi

Lavender Dreamer said...

What a wonderful reminder of the things that are important! I need to make a Christmas apron!

Tracy said...

I started a little decorating this weekend...The festivity begin now! Lovely post, Maryjane...Happy Days as you make ready...((HUGS))

Miss Janice said...

I just found your blog and LOVE it. I look forward to visiting with you again!

IsabellaCloset said...

Hello! Time for another of my banner give-a-ways..
Leave a comment on my post.
I'll draw a winner on
Thursday Dec 4..
Thanks! ~Mary~:-}

Nancy Jo said...

Hi MJL,
Yes Christmas is in the air. The Grand children remind me at every turn. HA.
We put up our tree today. I will do the rest of the decorating tomorrow. Good week for it, looks like we have a fair amount of snow headed this way.
Love looking at your pretty site as usual.
Nancy Jo

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Just love your words on this! It makes me look forward to the holiday season! I have to admit, I listen to Christmas music all year long!{: blessings, Kathleen

Barb said...

Maryjane,
Just found your blog via Isabella's banners. Love the list of the things to do at Christmas: Remember whose birthday it is!!
Blessings as we celebrate His birth.
Barbara Jean

Cori G. said...

Hello Maryjane,
What wonderful Christmas wisdom you have here. I love the gift of a cheery disposition.
Have a wonderful evening sweet friend!

xo Cori

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Maryjane, I have a feeling we are all up to our chins in tinsel and lights LOL .

Nancy said...

Maryjane, I love your Christmas list ideas! I need to read them daily! Blessings, nancy

Kathy said...

ALL wonderful suggestions, Maryjane!

Tiffani said...

hi mom!
i love the colors of your ornaments! it's so you! love the holiday tips, it got me even more excited to make this a happy and special month! love you and miss you!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comments! and yes, you are so right on with your list too! it can get carried away, but its so important to remember what it's all about! Thanks for sharing sweetie!

Hugs, Cynthia

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Thanks for the recipes you've shared recently. Your Site is such a happy one. : )
Mary Lou

Jan and Tom's Place said...

I've already been listening to Christmas music. We're not doing much decorating this year...just a small, simple tree. We'll be gone a few days over Christmas week!

Thanks for stopping by...

~Blessings,
Jan

Katmom said...

MaryJane,
What wonderful words of wisdome! and may you & your family have a most Blessed Christmas,after all, we are celebrating a Special Birthday.
hugz,
>^..^<

The Vintage Housewife... said...

hello sweet maryjane...miss cat callin' glad you are in full swing for christmas...hope we can make some girl time...love your sweet vintage ornaments...have fun singin' your christmas tunes...blessings cat~

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Maryjane,
It sounds perfect and I can't wait to see all your holiday decorations!
Hugs~Kelly

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Maryjane!
This is the BEST post I have seen for the holidays. I love your list. Thank you for visiting my blog. I just love yours. I am adding you to my favorite blogs on my blog roll....I would love it if you would do the same for me!
Hugs,
Penny

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

me again :-)
I see you have Lavender Hill Studio on your blog roll, but I would love it if you added The Comforts of Home too!

Pink Slippers said...

THANK YOU for your very nice comments on my blog. How did I miss not passing the blog award to you? I LOVE YOUR BLOG. Well hopefully one day I will receive another and pass it to you. I really like your CHRISTmas suggestions. All true! Thank you for sharing those thoughts and needs to all of us.
Wendy

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Yep already been listening to the music...I love Christmas music especially the oldies...burl ives, bing. I love your list! Love those old shiny brites. cherry

FrenchGardenHouse said...

The perfect post! I think I will print out and read each morning.
thanks so much for sharing these.:)
Lidy

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Maryjane, thank yo for stopping by to see me, it's so nice to meet another Christmas lover. I have had on the Christmas CD's too & that really makes decorating a lot more fun. I just love your vintage ornaments. That may be something I have to start collecting too. My mom has some pretty ones that she's had forever & I'd love for her to pass them on to me. Come back & see me again!

Susan S. said...

My local Christian Radio Station in Houston begins playing Christmas music constantly from Thanksgiving through Dec 25...It's amazing! Thanks for all the other tips to making the season happier and brighter. Have a blessed day! Susan

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Maryjane~
I just love your list of things to do this Christmas! It is so inspiring! :)

Also, thank you so much for coming by my blog for a visit, and for your sweet comment! I have had so much fun reading your blog, and will definitely be back to visit again! :)

Have a beautiful day! :)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Beautiful post MaryJane, May I add try a piece of fruit cake and a glass of egg nog? Don't worry about laughing at me and my situation yesterday. I stood there and laughed at myself. LOL...the car's still in the field. xo Lynn

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Maryjane, I have something for you. Please stop by. Blessings, Kathleen

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Those are the best suggestions I've heard! I'm going to print those out to remind me everyday!

Thank you dear friend!
Lea

Lipstick and Laundry ~Jen said...

GREAT tips... Love the vintage ornaments!
~Jen

thevintagechair said...

Thanks so much for stopping by The Chair! These are great things to remember at the holidays, my personal favorite is "never refuse a christmas dessert" EXCELLENT advice! 'Hope you see you back soon!

A Romantic Porch said...

What great tips for a wonderful Christmas season. AND I LOVE those old glass ornament balls. xo rachel

Simply Dandy said...

Hi MaryJane,
I'm so glad I found you again, when I redid my blog, I lost some of you, so adding you back on. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Paula said...

Dear Maryjane,

I love your list, especially the first one, remember whose birthday we are celebrating! Yes, our dear Saviour Jesus!!!
I also love the one to pray for our Heavenly Father to give us opportunities to be a blessing to others, I will do just that!
You are a blessing!
Love, Paula

Ali said...

I love this one!

"Don't count calories from December 15 through January 2nd!!!!"

I'm so pleased to have found your blog.

Ali

Kelley said...

It's been a long, long time but I wanted to come by and say hi...
I have missed your blog!

Angela said...

I can't believe I missed this post..lol. Great words of wisdom!!