Thursday, December 17, 2009
For Thursday, December 17th, 2009
a pictorial journal
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
DECEMBER 17th, 2009
We made it over the Hump of the week and are now sliding right into the weekend. I’m getting excited about our family Christmas celebration on Saturday. It’ll be quiet here after then for sure. My Christmas Day will be spent going to church and then simply relaxing. All my celebrating will be done and over.
Advent is the time of hope, a time to renew the light of Christ in our lives.
As He came to bring us the light of eternal life, we hope to share our light with others.
The O Antiphons were first used in the 8th and 9th centuries. They are based on various titles for the Christ and are scripturally-based short prayers for the 17th to the 23rd of December. In these O Antiphons we express our deep longing for the coming of the Messiah
O Sapentia: O Wisdom, O Holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.
NEW IN THE KITCHEN
Your recipe for today is to make a Birthday Cake for Jesus. You can use any flavor cake mix you'd like and actually decorate it any way you like. The important part to remember is Christmas IS Jesus' Birthday. Maybe you can sit down with your family this evening, sing Happy Birthday to Jesus, enjoy the cake, and then each member of the family can say what they will give Him for His birthday this year.
The forecast says a high of 30 today and partly sunny. After a cold start down in the 20’s this morning, that sounds almost like a heat wave.
O God, my heart desires the warmth of your love,
and my mind is searching for the light of your Word.
Increase my longing for Jesus.
Please pray for God's protection of
our troops and HIS wisdom for their
Lord, hold our troops in
your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the
selfless acts they perform for us
in our time of need. I ask this in the
name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
GOD BLESS YOU!
This is one of the sleds I painted for gifts a few years ago for my family. I’ve done more for this Christmas and will be adding to their collection when I see them on Saturday. Pictures will be coming after our get together so you’ll be seeing them then.
At the rate my family is increasing I’ve decided I’d better start painting in July for Christmas next year if I want to keep on doing this. I also painted an ornament for each of the grand children too.
This Rudolph the Green Nosed Reindeer – a family heirloom for sure!
Not everyone has one of these
COUNTING THE DAYS
These lights are in front of DS#5’s house
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
A very old Christmas eve tradition in Germany was to hide a pickle [ornament] deep in the branches of the family Christmas Tree. The parents hung the pickle last after all the other ornaments were in place. In the morning they knew the most observant child would receive an extra gift from St. Nicholas. The first adult who finds the pickle traditionally gets good luck for the whole year
4 DAYS UNTIL WINTER !
8 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS
120 DAYS UNTIL CAMPING SEASON BEGINS
Keep looking ON THE BRIGHT SIDE of things.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone near…
Pictures mostly taken by ‘ma’ and courtesy of the camera provided by my ‘babes’