Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snow! Glorious Snow!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a great time here at the Vintagesouthern household.
The grand babies were such fun. Their excitement and energy level was endless.

I am so excited. This is my first white Christmas!  They say we had one here 47 years ago but I don't remember it.It is a first for Skipper too.

We struck out for our walk this morning all bundled up and ready for fun. Skipper used his nose as a snow plow funneling the snow down the neck of his sweater.I had to take the sweater off of him five minutes into the walk as he was turning into a little snow dog.

We were walking along one minute and I was anticipating the beautiful pictures I was going to get and the next minute my bottom was flat down in the snow. How did that happen? I didn't even have time to brace myself for the fall.  After checking to see that no one was looking,  realizing I was still alive and had all of my limbs safely attached, I just sat there in hysterial laughter. My camera batteries must have fallen into the snow when I fell because when we got to the river for some shots they were gone :(   So much for the beautiful photos.

Once I defrost, and find more batteries I will be out and about again but I am realizing I would have never made it as a pioneer woman. Enjoy your day where ever you are and stay safe.

 Linking to  Outdoor Wednesday

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my friends out there in blog land!

I started blogging this spring on a whim and had no idea of the warmth, fun, and friendships I would make.

I have so enjoyed visiting your blogs. I have laughed out loud at many of your antics and have been moved to tears by some of your tender stories. I am amazed at the talent you all have and your willingness to share and help those of us that are not so talented.

Thank you for your visits and your sweet and helpful comments. I enjoy reading every one.

Have a wonderful holiday, stay safe, stay warm,  and remember,  He is the reason for the season!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Christmas Gift

I love everything about Christmas! I love the decorating, the shopping, the wrapping, the baking (well, not so much but I do it).It is such a special time of the year. A time to see some friends and family that sadly I see no other time of the year.
Although I love every single minute of all the "hurry and scurry", I have to step back and think about the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is not about the best decorated house or the prettiest Christmas tree. It's not even about the perfect gift I get for someone because there was really only one perfect gift.
It was the gift of love to all people. It was not wrapped in pretty paper and it was not placed under the perfect Christmas tree in an awesomely decorated house.  It was wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed of all places in a lowly manger. There has never been and will never be a greater gift.
Have a Blessed Christmas
and remember...
You are loved!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Home Tour 2010

The Nester is hosting the  Christmas Tour of Homes  and I am so excited to participate for the first time. Hop on over and see lots of beautiful decorations for the holidays.

Welcome to my home. The stockings are hung and Santa is waiting patiently on the mantel for the big day.

Snoopy has been around a long time. He has been placed under one of the trees every year since my son was young and now he waits for hugs from the grand babies.

The wreaths are on the windows and the tree is on the porch as well as the little trio of trees near the entrance. All that's left is to drape  the garland and to be honest, I am waiting for a warmer day. We are just not accustomed to this cold weather here in the south, brrrrr!

From our house to yours,
Merry Christmas 
Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sunday Reflections

"I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David  a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord."      Luke 2:10-11

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
     Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings,
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that we no more may die,
Born to raise us from the earth,
Born to give us second birth.
Hark the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn king!"
                               -Charles Wesley

I am so thankful that the herald message was to all people and that it includes me and you even today.It is so wonderful to know that we don't have to worry about death and that we have been given a second birth.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Kris Kringle and Friends...

Today I want to share with you one of my lifes simple pleasures, my Kris Kringle and his friends. I painted him back in the 80's with a group of my friends and every time I bring him out it makes me smile, remembering the fun times we had. Some I still see today and others I have lost contact with as life  sometimes gets in the way like that.

The center Santa I found at a little antique shop and the Woodsman Santa on the left I painted as well.

The wooden tray is a thrifting find from Hobby Lobby half price sale.

I am especially happy to be able to enjoy lifes pleasures after the way this week has played out. This
 week has been really crazy. I started out Sunday with a visit to the emergency room for  chest, left arm, left neck and back pains. Stress test and enzymes were normal. Thank you Lord.I was released Monday night with pain and cholesterol meds and advised to see my family doctor to schedule an x-ray and ultra sound of the neck for possible blockages. I will have those done tomorrow.

I am trying not to worry and remind myself that God is in control and that he that he is never surprised or taken off guard.
For the next day or two I plan to decorate less and enjoy the decorations you all share on your wonderful blogs. Thanks for stopping by.

P.S. I have not forgotten how to space and start new paragraphs but Blogger will not behave. Please excuse the format.

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Sunday Reflections

There has only been one Christmas... the rest are anniversaries.

I read this this week and it really stuck with me. Why had I not ever thought of Christmas that way? I know there would be no Christmas without God's precious gift but I never thought that all of our Christmases are anniversaries.To me it makes it even more special. One Christmas so many years ago and we are continuing to celebrate the anniversary today.

Our world has changed so much since His birth. Generations have come and gone. Science has progressed at rocket speed. Things that man could not even imagine in His time have come to be part of our everyday lives and yet we continue to celebrate The Birth, the precious gift of God's own Son.

I shamefully realized I need to stop hurrying and  rushing around, making lists and worrying about getting all of my "important" things done and just bask in the fact that I have already received the greatest gift mankind will ever receive. It's amazing, sometimes God can humble me with one little sentence.

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Joyful Christmases, Past and Present...

Hello everyone! I am so glad to finally get back to blogland! I have really missed y'all. I am trying to catch up on all of the wonderful things you all have been doing and have decided I will just have to give up sleep from now until  the first of the year to do everything I want to do!
Isn't this just the most wonderful, joyous time of the year? I seem to turn into a child at Christmas time. In all honesty, my family probably thinks I am a child more often than that but what are rose colored glasses for anyway if you aren't going to use them"?

I got my skinny tree up in the family room and it just makes the room glow.

Tiny little vintage cherubs adorn the tree reminding me of Christmases past.

This little fellow will be joined by other bear friends as Christmas draws near. Unfortunately Skipper likes them too so it is easier to leave them out only for a very limited time for the grand babies to enjoy.

I will be adding other pictures as I dig in my mountain of boxes. I really need to weed out some things but it is so hard to let go of Christmas things.Each box brings back a rush of memories of Christmases past.

I posted this thrifty find earlier. When I saw it I knew it would be perfect for my cloche that I had found on another junking trip.

I added these silver glitter balls and it is temporarily  resting on the island. It will be going to the beach condo where the decorations are pretty much all white. I love how it looks but it has caused me a big problem...
every time I walk by it it reminds me of those delicious sugar doughnut holes from Dunkin Doughnuts and I head straight to raid the refrigerator.
Maybe I should replace it with a Santa or something... because I have NO will power!

I'm so glad you dropped by please come back again. In the meantime I can't wait to sit and read more of your posts I have missed. Think I'll get a snack and read a while... two of my favorite addictions, sweets and reading my blogs!

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