"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

Thursday, December 1, 2011

it's a wrap



The tree is decorated, everything in place.  Much of the creating is finished.  I'm eager to get my wrapping wrapped up.  Our schedule for the next few weeks is jam packed with goodness so I was hoping to have a head start coming into December... so far... so good.

Today I am thankful for a spirit of celebration, for friends who keep me busy and feeling loved, for family that is always ready and willing, for green, fragrant glowing beauty that jolts the senses into the reality that here we are once again...  

...Once again we have entered that time of giving generously, receiving graciously and rejoicing publicly to a population who is more willing to listen at this time than at any other time of the year.  Let's not waste this moment.  When someone is singing What Child Is This, let's use the opportunity to share about the Child who was born to die... so that I might one day pray to Him to save my life!  Oh beautiful, glorious time of year!


Blessings, Debbie 


39 comments:

  1. The tree looks great. I am always amazed by how BIG american houses are compared to British ones. Rooms are much smaller over here [unless you are a duchess or something]

    blessings x

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  2. Beautiful! And like Angela said, you guys seem to have very roomy houses! We are more compact over here. :)

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  3. Your room looks like it is straight out of a beautiful children's book! Makes me feel even more Christmasy. Got to agree with the others - our 18 century country cottage has wee rooms in contrast.

    Hope you manage to source the bath bomb ingredients closer to home. I'm sure there are plenty of online companies on your side of the Pond, just waiting! Happy celebrating!

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  4. Doesnt that look gorgeous! It reminds me of Christmases in my daughter's mountain home in BC, Canada.

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  5. You're SO right! "Let's not waste this moment!"

    Your room is beautiful. "Just right," in my opinion!

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  6. Debbie, your home is simply BEAUTIFUL with all its Christmas warmth!! Absolutely wonderful! You are off to a really good start!

    Amen and amen. blessings ~ tanna

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  7. I don't think I've every seen this side of your room - love the bookshelves and fireplace.

    Wow!! You are on the ball - I feel like I am doing well this year and I am not even close to you!!

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  8. What a beautiful room - warm and cozy!

    I'd like to come for a cup of tea, but I guess it will have to be virtual!

    Merriest of Christmases to you!
    Deanna

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  9. Yes, along with everyone else I think the room is beautiful! I love seeing the spinning wheel which you know I covet daily ;)!
    It's nice to see your tree up and decorated, mine is still in the woods.
    xx

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  10. Rejoice!
    Your cozy living room reveals your warm and open heart!

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  11. You have a beautiful peaceful living area!!! Love it :)

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  12. How lovely and serene everything looks, Debbie! Love, love, love your fireplace!

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  13. A beautiful post...photo and words! xo

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful! Makes me want to come right over and sit and chat and sip coffee, Christmas music playing in the background, and enjoy all the Christmas-y ambience you have created in your cozy nest.

    (Note: I always enjoy a visit from you at Thinking About Home. Your words are always kind and encouraging...life-giving. But I understand the festive busyness...and I will know (and love!) that we are friends even if we don't "chat" every day. ♥)

    Going back to reread the last paragraph of your post, for you have nailed it once again, and I want to soak it in...

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  15. Debbie
    So beautifully said. It's a great reminder to what the holiday is really about.
    Your living room looks so cozy and inviting. It reminds me of a Christmas card front. Now all you need is a dog lying by the hearth!

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  16. Wow, your living room is gorgeous! Puts mine to shame. ;)

    I love how everyone's ears seem to hear a little better at this time of year. Hopefully I don't waste any moments myself!

    Merry Christmas! (because it's December now, and I can say that.)

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  17. Beautiful, heartwarming post. xo

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  18. Looks so festive! Our tree is decorated, but the rest of the room is a work in progress. :) I would love to knit those little 'elves', but I am a little worried they are above my knitting abilities. 2012 is my year to work on that. ;)

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  19. Lovely, it looks so warm and inviting.

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  20. Lovely. We plan to do ours this Friday night and I can't wait! We, too, celebrate His birth first and foremost! When my children get overly excited about the gift exchange, we kindly remind them that, "After all, Christmas is not YOUR birthday :)

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  21. I really appreciate the way you word your feelings, like,"jam packed with goodness" and "giving generously, receiving graciously and rejoicing publicly to a population who is more willing to listen at this time than at any other time of the year".

    What a great idea "not to waste moment" of this seasons message.
    Love it!

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  22. Yes!!!!! I agree with your sentiments exactly.

    And how nice your room looks - so cheerful and inviting! "beautiful and glorious time of year" - yes!!

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  23. Hi Debbie, I love your little knitted elves. So cute! And your Christmas tree looks great. I just decorated for Thanksgiving last week. :/ I am always behind, never ahead of the game. But that's okay. Glad to hear you are heading into the holiday season stress free. So many folks drive themselves crazy wanting to spend what they don't have in order to buy things they don't need. Doesn't make much sense to me. Have a fabulous Friday. Tammy

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  24. What a beautiful room Debbie...just perfect for family and Christmas..looks great! :D

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  25. Your home is beautiful!
    We still have a week until we get the decorations up - we have a birthday to celebrate first!

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  26. This is beautiful. Never mind the Willows, can I come stay??

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  27. Your home looks so warm and cozy! Beautiful words here, as always. Enjoy the wonderful Season!!

    xoxo...Gloria

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  28. It looks just wonderful! I'm not finished yet, but I'm having fun decorating.

    And I agree about not squandering the open doors for evangelism all through the season.

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  29. Beautiful Christmas things. It looks like you are ready for a Christmas Ball or party!

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  30. Your house looks very inviting and warm. Beautiful tree. JB

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  31. And it looks just as nice when I got a quick peek driving by on my way home today! Think we could manage a quick- or slow- cup of tea some time this month?

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  32. beautiful feeling I get when I look at this room with the Christmas tree -- makes me want to set down for a while and enjoy the lights and I am sure it smell like christmas too..beautiful..
    hugs

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  33. Oh, I want to curl up with a book in your living room - so cozy and inviting! Your tree is gorgeous, too!

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  34. love this post! Thank you for the reminder of the beauty of this season....the glorious reality of the babe that was born for you and for me. Your home is gorgeous...enjoy the moments!

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  35. What a beautiful photo. So cozy and warm.

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  36. I missed this, but you have tons of comments anyway to let you know that this just a precious and peaceful post..yes and amen

    Thanks for your comment on the Waiting post on Advent...everything you said is true. Sometimes the enemy keeps us Christians busy with what we feel is God's work and we can become too busy also...after I wrote my post on Waiting our family had an emergency happen...we are now in waiting, as God meets us there...it will be a long learning process.

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  37. Beautiful! Your words and your room!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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