Saturday, December 26, 2020

Christmas At Home. . .

Christmas came in with a BLAST. . .

A fire in the open hearth fireplace was certainly necessary on Christmas Day. . .Outdoors the temperature plummeted to 18 degrees but with the wind howling, it felt like 9. . .May not be unusual for our friends to the north. . .but here in the Delta, where winters are fairly mild, it was COLD!

The fire always adds so much to our Christmas Day so we would have lit it anyway. . .Mr. LaShay loved it. . .If you'll look in the end chair, you can spot him as he gazes at the fire. . .

All in all, it was a quiet Christmas for us. . .but we enjoyed the down-time tremendously. . .Our Christmas dinner was the highlight with smoked turkey and ham, grits dressing and gravy, cranberry apple relish, fresh corn, a green bean casserole (a tradition), ambrosia, pumpkin 'mashed potatoes' with pecans, dates, coconut and lots of butter. . .

And for dessert, fruitcake made with my Grandmother's recipe and holiday cheesecake. . .There may have just been two of us, but we didn't let that stop us from celebrating the day. . .

Additional dollar store buys included those adorable snowman mugs above. . .They are quite large and could double as soup bowls, too. . .Other buys: Christmas plates, Hot Cocoa sign, small Christmas tree, berries in glass, white tipped mini pine cones, white candles, candlesticks, checked bow, checked snowflake. . .making my dollar store $50 challenge a success. . .I'm not sure I actually spent the entire $50. . .It was definitely a fun thing to do. . .

And so. . .with Christmas over, it means a New Year is coming soon. . .It is hard to believe it is that time already. . .My New Year's wish will be for a better 2021 for all. . .and I'll be sure to eat black-eyed peas and cornbread this New Year's Day for luck. . .I don't want to leave any options for a better year undone. . .(grin). . .

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Santa Is Ready. . .

Santa has packed up his red farm truck with trees, packages, and reindeer feed for the long trip he will soon be making. . .He'll leave from here at THE COUNTRY FARM HOME Christmas Eve. . .just as soon as the sun goes down. . .As always, he looks forward to bringing joy to young and old as they find their gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. . .but for now, he's happy and content just resting on our sofa. . .

Okay. . .so I'm a little into my imagination. . .but who wouldn't be in this bright and festive living room? . .Now you can see where previous peeks are fitting into the scheme of things. . .for here I continue to add little touches from the dollar stores. . .while using make-do items around the house. . .

My one purchase--not from a dollar store--is the primitive Santa from Whitehouse Creations in Bernie, Missouri. . .He is dressed in a piece from a vintage woven coverlet and holds a cotton Christmas tree and his friend, Mr. Snowman. . .I stuffed a small reindeer feed bag into his arms, too. . .

I decided on the farm truck theme back in the fall, long before Thanksgiving, when the dollar stores began putting Christmas items out. . .I snatched many of them up because I was sure they would go quickly. . .The farm truck theme has been around several Christmases now, and normally I stay away from what has already been done. . .But this theme still tugs at my heart. . .because I AM the Farmer's Daughter. . .I rode with Daddy a lot in the old 'bob' truck. . .and I have Daddy's 1983 'Big Red' Chevy truck sitting in the drive. . .

I bought the metal truck a couple of years ago. . .and have used it in the summertime as well as winter and never tire of it. . .So the dollar stores certainly made me happy when they had the country truck theme with complimentary decor. . .

I think the key to decorating with dollar store themes is to not go overboard with them. . .Add a few here and there. . .coordinate with the other rooms in the house. . .and it ends up being striking instead of  'cute-sy'. . .Make it Plain and Simple. . .Don't over do so that everyone can appreciate the entire scene instantly. . .

From the dollar stores, I purchased: red plaid bows, metal 'Noel', reindeer feed ornaments, black plaid mitten ornaments, red candle, brown wrapping paper and string, red cardinal, and the HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS sign. . .so appropriate for this Christmas when so many of us will be home. . .but it also brings good memories of past Christmases at the farmhouse. . .

The entire setting brings smiles. . .Hope it sends some your way, too. . .


Monday, December 21, 2020

The Candles Are Lit. . .

What is it about candles that tug at our hearts. . .especially at Christmas? . .The warmth and glow set against the cold, blustery winter scene beyond the window brings calm and contentment. . .in ways that only the heart can feel. . .

It is a bright spot in the darkness of gray winter skies. . .as a hope swells up within. . .that life will be even better in the coming year. . .It is the excitement of the season. . .and the joy of family. . .

All very true. . .but there must be more. . .I think candles make me ponder. . .to stop and think about the blessings in my life. . .and to be thankful. . .in all ways. . .In fact. . .every time I light candles. . .I'm reminded of Christmases past when my family was all together. . .including the aunts and uncles and cousins. . .I'm reminded of those times when I couldn't be home because of work or distance. . .and yet. . .I knew those at the Christmas table were thinking of me, too. . .and loving me from a distance. . . 

And I'm reminded of Christmas present. . .when the world may seem topsy-turvey. . .and we may be sheltered in our homes due to this pandemic that has changed all of our lives. . .but in it all. . .aren't we still blessed? . .Don't we still need to stop and be thankful? . .I know John and I are. . .and lighting candles. . .cuddling by the fire. . .and feeling good to be with each other. . .makes all the difference. . .

Tonight I plan to wish upon a star. . .A Christmas star. . .for right after sundown there will be a bright and shining star. . .much as it was that first Christmas. . .There won't be another like it for 500 years. . .And my wish will be that The Light will continue to shine in all its forms all over the world. . .guiding our way through the darkness. . .BLESSING US FOR YET ANOTHER YEAR. . .


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