Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas, Y'all

Mindy here. Well, here we are, in the home-stretch, heading straight for one of my favorite days of the year--Christmas. As this holiday season winds down, I'll be finishing up my shopping. Lord willing, I'll be done by the end of the day. Then it's onto wrapping and baking, surrounded by those I hold most dear. That aspect, being with the ones I love, seems to be a little more precious this year. After the chaos and uncertainty of recent months, it's comforting to withdraw and focus on what's really important.

Our big festivities will kick off with a Christmas Eve church service. Then it's home for a party--lots of finger foods and sweet treats. Once we've had our fill, the kids will open one present and settle in for readings of the Christmas story from Luke, followed by The Night Before Christmas.

Christmas Day will, no doubt, arrive early. Why is it that teenagers can sleep in every other day of the year, but come Christmas, they're up before the sun? They'll see what Santa brought them, then we'll have a nice, leisurely breakfast before the grand kids arrive. Then it's round two of gift-giving, followed by games, cooking, laughter, the big meal, and maybe even a little dancing. You just never know around here.

What's on tap for Christmas in your world? Quiet or chaos? How do you celebrate?

In closing, I want to wish you all the merriest of Christmases. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you and give you peace.

Happy Tuesday, y'all.


  1. Merry Christmas to you too Mindy!
    We're already in pre-Christmas mode but the official kick-off will be Christmas Eve mass on Saturday (just like you) followed by a party with family and another party with family on Christmas day when the gift opening will begin and who knows how long that will take to finish! :) Then it's more celebrations until New Years Eve Day!

  2. Your "words of closing"....exactly what I say to you, Mindy!!

  3. Hi Mindy,
    We will go to the Christmas Eve Service and come home to eggnog and cookies. Christmas morning, I always cook a large breakfast - some type of casserole, meat, biscuits,jam and coffee. I also have a fabulous recipe for orange biscuits - I usually cook 2 batches. My sister and I alternate who hosts Thanksgiving/Christmas - this year I get Christmas. But my grown son and his girlfriend (both of whom are fabulous cooks) have volunteered to Cook Christmas dinner for us. :)

  4. Eva, sounds like you all have loads of fun on tap. Enjoy every minute.

  5. Edwina, how lucky are you? That's great that your son will be cooking the BIG meal. Once you clean up from that breakfast that I would LOVE to join you for, you can relax and put your feet up. Maybe:-)