"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

bring it on!

thank you Charity for modeling Erin's snowflake~

I'm ready!  Of course, I don't mean the tree is decorated, the presents made and wrapped, the baking done...  What I do mean is, I've decided that the years I spent complaining about Christmas music and decorations in the stores before Thanksgiving was my mistake.  I've learned that the earlier the introduction, the more I enjoy the holiday.  We used to wait until around the second week of December to get our tree. When I wrapped my gifts there was nowhere to put them.  The house seemed to just be sitting in a state of waiting and instead of breathing a sigh of relief when we did get everything up and ready, I felt harried and rushed.



Now we get our tree the weekend following thanksgiving and the holiday is now one long sweet breath.  As presents are made, they are immediately wrapped and placed where they belong... where the recipients can spend days tormented about what may lay inside the wrappings  (mwah ha ha).

I love, LOVE this time of year...

Blessings, Debbie  

22 comments:

  1. I love the snow flakes, did you make them yourself? This year we are only using decorations that the kids will be making at home and school and a real tree so we will have to wait until at least two weeks before Christmas as the trees in Australia don't last too long in the heat!

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  2. I always decorate for Christmas on Thanksgiving weekend! I have a couple days off from work and it's fun. Happy Thanksgiving Debbie:@)

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  3. I'm SO much with you on this one! (Your snowflake is charming.) Happy Thanksgiving. Cherish all that is good, beautiful, praise-worthy and wholesome...

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  4. I love this time of year as well, Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. That's actually a great way to think about it. But before we get too christmassy - have a great thanksgiving.

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  6. YIppee! I love the snowflake. I must practice my snowflake making skills. Mine always turn out the same!
    The kids at school asked me if I was going to shop on Black Friday. Heck no, I said. I will go to the quilt store with a friend on Saturday instead. I am looking forward to celebrating with you. You're a good elf.

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  7. Oh, yes indeed!

    I am a month long Christmas celebrator as well! The tree will be cut on Friday and hopefully decorated by evening! I have indulged myself on some Christmas music already!

    Love it so!

    Deanna

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  8. I could have written this. I, too, used to put it off more than I do now. Now, we get our tree right after Thanksgiving and begin to herald in the season. My one really lame area is STILL getting my shopping done. I'm truly going to try to do better with that one this year.

    And then, I can really enjoy the deep breath of Christmas.

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  9. I decorate for Christmas right after Thanksgiving because our family is scattered far and wide. Those that are here for Thanksgiving might not be here for Christmas, so it gives them a chance to at least see all the old ornaments of their childhood. Plus I have to have all my presents wrapped for shipping out the first week of December. It works out great. Leaves a lot of time to just read the Bible and watch all those wonderful Christmas movies.

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  10. I am ready too...I am almost done with making/buying gifts so now will be the making of boxes to tuck under the tree...I am not sure when I the tree will go up because I know the first thing that I want out is the nutcrackers and nativities.

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  11. When we were first married, we put up our tree one week--ONE WEEK!-- before Christmas. If I had to do that now, I think I would panic!
    These days we put up our tree the Saturday after Christmas on the day known in our family as Christmas Tree Day. Kristin and her family join us for supper and the grandchildren help to hang the ornaments (resulting in about half of the total hanging on the bottom brances ~smile~) while we eat shortbread cookies and drink hot cocoa with Christmas music playing in the background. Good times!
    Holiday blessings to you, my friend!

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  12. I shared your same attitude about all the early Christmas decorations,music etc. My heart is changing as well and I am embracing the season this year,with plans to enjoy it to its fullest. Enjoy!

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  13. Dear Debbie,

    Isn't it funny how we can change our hide-bound ideas, and realize that it's a lot more fun to go with the flow than to resist what is? :) Thank you so much for coming by my place; I've been so busy with my book-writing, I forgot to come by here to visit!

    Love,

    Marqueta

    p.s. I would LOVE to have you share one or more stories about your chickens for my book!

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  14. Me too! Yay I'm so excited for Christmas this year!

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  15. Sounds like you've figured out a good plan!
    I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving, Debbie!

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  16. Hmmmm, still looking for that peaceful feeling about the whole thing...but love it all still.

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  17. I love this time of year. I am ready.. but I admit that I am still kind of fighting bits of it, too.

    I wish I could put gifts under our tree as soon as they are wrapped. Certain felines think the tree is a playhouse and are known for sleeping on boxes (or in gift bags!).

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  18. Mwa ha ha! I hear you! I've already been wrapping gifts up. Hopefully the tree will go up this weekend. I'm still not sure if it's safe to deposit the gifts under the tree though. The Littles may be 7, 6, and 4, but their behavior is often more like that of a two year old, so it just might not be a good idea.

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  19. me too! I love this time of year...after Thanksgiving we'll be in full Christmas mode....fa la la la la....Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy every day!

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  20. Almost makes me wish we celebrated Thanksgiving, just so I could use it as a trigger for starting Christmas! We start enjoying Christmas time at the start of December. Not a big shopper, so I miss out on all the shops gearing up for Christmas in October. Bring on the mince pies!

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  21. I find as soon as Dec 1 hits I just have this feeling of anticipation. The torture of presents under the tree for weeks IS very fun :o)!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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