I feel Christmas coming- fa la lalala

Just had to share this…isn’t this a beautiful idea?

If candles are a safety concern – in windows at Christmas or in a child’s room… would this be something to give a soft light? I thought it looked like Luminarias to me.

I’ve been working on my Christmas page, which means looking at lots of ideas for celebrating Christmas and all the decorating… the season just makes me feel happy. I love all the creative ideas that people come up with in all the areas of Christmas celebration: doing nice things for people, giving gifts, decorating the house in the special way that involves all those wonderful scents and candlelight, and sparkly Christmas lights.

Holiday Happiness

Christmas eggnog
Egg Nog. That is what I crave today, since it is one of flavors that says Christmas, to me. I am not picky- it doesn’t have to be home made, but I do like it warm with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Eggnog flavored things will do in pinch. Eggnog milkshake, cookies, whatever, but my favorite is the old fashioned drink. It makes you feel cozy -like sitting beside a fireside, even if all you have is a space heater… and with the temperatures as frigid as they have been in Ohio, we need all the coziness and warmth we can get!

How did it start? Eggnog history

Eggnog, in the 1800s was nearly always made in large quantities and nearly always used as a social drink. It was commonly served at holiday parties and it was noted by an English visitor in 1866, “Christmas is not properly observed unless you brew egg nogg for all comers; everybody calls on everybody else; and each call is celebrated by a solemn egg-nogging…It is made cold and is drunk cold and is to be commended.”

“Solemn egg-nogging”- that sounds fabulous!
You could try to make your own, and this recipe sounds like a good one. I just buy a carton at my local grocery because I am lazy and I have enough to do during the holidays 🙂
Christmas Trees
Christmas Gingerbread
Advent wreath

Candles in the Night

When I was a little girl candles were an important part of my Christmas celebration. We had a special angel chimes with little candles that fascinated me, the advent wreath with one candle for each Sunday before Christmas, and the Christmas Eve candle light service.

With all the public safety regulations the Christmas Eve midnight service has seemed to have gone to the wayside. I very much miss those. The dark wood pews, the choir in their robes, the Christmas carols sung to the background of the organ, and the little finger length candles with their stiff white paper cuffs, created a quiet Presbyterian celebration of Christmas. My mother took us every year, if memory serves.

My own family creates its own candlelit service. We now have so many candles lit on our advent log that we need no electrical light to see our printed carols. With guitar or a cappella we sing the chosen carols and read the scripture passages of Christmas.

And everywhere around the world where Christmas is celebrated, a little light shines in the dark. I am happy to be a part of that light. Christmas TreesChristmas Gingerbread

Christmas Hush

My heart does best to receive in meekness
That mode of worship, as most to His mind,
Where earthly aids being cast behind,
His All in All appears serene
With the thinnest human veil between,
Letting the mystic lamps, the seven,
The many motions of His spirit,
Pass, as they list, to earth from heaven.

Browning, Christmas Eve, xxii.

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Some Christmas Quotes

I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.

–Taylor Caldwell

I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better – from the great boarding school where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest.

–Charles Dickens

Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world – stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death – and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas.

–Henry Van Dyke

I’ll go inside and read Christmas chapter from the old book … Without dispute God has now his glory in heavens, there is peace on Earth and I feel no ill will towards anybody. – F. E. Sillanpää, Finnish writer

Like a wedding celebration in a gloomy night:

Christmas eve has arrived. – Aleksis Kivi, Finnish writer

Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. – Lenore Hershey

Christmas gift suggestions from Oren Arnold: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.