I don’t sleep well and am a morning person for the most part. Keeping that in mind you would have laughed at me this morning as when the sun was coming up I threw on my boots and ran out the back door with my bathrobe and camera to get these few shots. While not much sun there, I enjoyed the clouds.
Our Christmases of the past make me wonder what this Christmas will be like, for sure nothing like the last.
The parades we may have no more. As a family we have decided to take a risk and still get together. Family is not something we are willing to comprimise on or have the government tell us what to do. Families shape us in a way nothing else can. They define our moral structure, they support us when we are in need and celebrate us when we succeed.
After all, in sickness or in health our Heavenly Father still joins us. He still supports us and still celebrates with us even if our earthly family is unable to. Even if you do not have family, reach out to help someone to have that special Christmas.
This year is particularly hard. We have had many losses. Our Mother was our greatest loss but we have also lost our freedom to show our face, our religious rights and the right to an honest election. The old saying “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” is true for the most part. While we struggle to regain our footing, our faith is something that will never waiver even if we can’t attend church. I carry my faith with me. I am not ashamed of it and will always protect it. I am very vocal about my rights and desires to live a normal life and do not apologize for that. Dispite the evil in this country, I still stand for American and what our forefathers fought for.
Whatever your plans are this Christmas, keep Christ in your plans and hold your family close to you even if that means being six feet apart!
Typically I am not very good at choosing gifts for other people. While I try to choose gifts that are unique I sometimes feel that is not enough. This year while so many thousands of people have been affected by the pandemic, I feel the choice of the gift could be very important and those people feel particularly pressured to provide gifts.
This year I chose to make my gifts, not for lack of money but more for meaning. So many times in the past I found myself buying just to check off a name on my list. This year I thought it was more important to really give a gift. Here is an example.
When I made this earring I made it in a simple design but the colors I chose were the colors of the Magi’s gifts. The outer edge is gold, the lighter gold represents frankincense and the dark center is for Myrrh. When I gift this I will include a card explaining the colors.
With the complexities of this year, it will be nice to give the simple things like time, friendship, and most of all LOVE.
While wondering what to give your family and/or friends consider what you already have. While material things are nice, there are things you can give that you can’t buy.
Consider what you real gifts are and give those. For example if you are a photographer consider photographing a family that cannot afford to have their picture taken and gift them a photo that they will always cherish. The money you won’t make from it will gift you a memory as well. If you are a crafter, make a gift for a child or a single mom or a person in a nursing home that is shut in. The time you spend will be well worth it. Give a blessing and receive on in return.
The true gifts of the Magi: a baby could not use the physical gifts they brought but they brought the best that they had. Think about it when choosing gifts.
This music box is not just any music box. It was made in China but sold by Coca-Cola. Note the Santa is drinking Coke. The train around the base actually runs and it plays I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING. Do you remember the next few words? They were IN PERFECT HARMONY! For a brief moment in time when the song was written, it seemed there was almost PERFECT HARMONY. Today we are far from that.
Our country today is in extreme turmoil. Morality in this country seems to be at the bottom of most people’s list. We need to work towards a more peaceful and loving society not just in our country but like the song says “the world”.
This is not Christmas but I purchased it because the colors reminded me of Christmas. It is also a vintage piece that was put out by Coca-Cola.
Hope you enjoyed part of my collection of oddities.
Christmas is coming. As Christians we of course celebrate the birth of Christ and that should be our focus but right now I challenge all you artists, photographers and crafters to display what Christmas means to you.
I don’t want to leave anyone out. Whatever your religion or customs are show us how you celebrate. It can be events, decorations or other traditions.
As for me, I typically do not decorate very much and don’t do a tree. This year will be very different since my Mother passed. She died three days after Christmas and loved the holiday. When she was able I took her to a candle light service at church on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day she and my sisters and I would get together with our families, have lunch and open gifts and just spend quality time together.
Although this year will be different, my sisters and I will still get together and celebrate and honor her memory of Christmas. We will not let Covid or the government dictate how we celebrate.
Regardless of your beliefs or traditions, take the time to love and just be kind to others. You don’t have to like everyone you meet but just be kind and treat people the way you want to be treated.
After the recent flooding at Hiddenite Campground that claimed five lives, I was moved. As an avid camper myself I love to camp out beside the river and mountain streams. It is always very peaceful. Campers were not advised of the potential flooding and a peaceful situation quickly turned tragic.
In my hometown we currently have flooding and it will give you some idea of what it might have looked like at Hiddenite.
Don’t take anything for granted when you are around rising water. The campground at Hiddenite should have closed prior to the flooding but it didn’t. The lost lives included a one year old child.