My first HodgePodge of December!
1. Did you watch The Charlie Brown Christmas special Monday night? Who's your favorite Peanuts character and why?"Most psychiatrists agree that sitting in a pumpkin patch is excellent therapy for a troubled mind."~Linus
Would you agree?
I love this Christmas Special.... but I am saving it until I am with our kids... I love how Linus tells of the true meaning of Christmas! That is what makes this show so very special... I also ever since the first time I viewed this show, have had an affinity for the most scraggly Christmas tree... Mostly we use artificial trees now, but when I buy a 'real' tree, I look for the one that needs a good home!
My favorite character is Sally.. I love how love springs eternal in her for her sweet Baboo!
Would I agree with the wisdom of Linus? Yes. Linus has proven by his understanding in many areas to be a young fellow of wisdom.... I imagine for him to sit in a pumpkin patch his hope is unwavering and his faith is strong!
2. Describe a sound from your childhood. What does this sound bring to mind?
I remember living in my childhood home... with the windows wide open from spring through fall... the wondrous sounds form the outside filtering in.... the mockingbird's songs that awakened me each morning, the breezes through the trees,, the scratching branches against the panes that always sent a chill up my spine until I remembered what it was.... the sound of rain in the downspout... Life today is so different... we live in closed up houses... all locked up against the unknown... in seasonable weather the whirr of the a/c drowns out the peaceful sounds gifts of the Lord in His creation. I treasure those childhood memories.... so small yet so vital to my memory of a kinder, gentler time!
3. You've won a trip to a winter wonderland...would that excite you? Which one of the following would you most want to experience (or which one would you dislike the least)-see the Aurora Borealis in Norway, stay in Sweden's Ice Hotel, go dog sledding in Lapland Finland, take a winter wildlife safari in Yellowstone or celebrate Winter Carnival in Quebec.
4. Who or what keeps you humble?
I laugh as I read our host's reply..... indeed, I believe one of the marriage partner's principle obligations is to keep our humility in check.. At least my hubby really does that job quite well.. And I, he as well... I suppose that is how we complete and compliment one another!
5. What part of preparing for Christmas do you like the most? Explain.
I love the act of buying, addressing and sending cards out... over the years our mailing list has grown and grown.... even though many don't like to keep it up.... but, I do, because I love receiving them, as well..But I suppose that the best part of preparing for Christmas for me is every little detail that I hope prepares the way for the Spirit of Christmas to resound with happiness and joy around the house.... special lighting, special sights, sounds, aromas, it sets the perfect climate that sets this season apart from all others.As I write this it makes me think that is exactly what Father God through Christ is doing in heaven right now... preparing a place for us... in all its glory to demonstrate His mighty love and preparations for His cherished bride... He told us before he left that we went to prepare a place for us.... Not that our home is glorious but every detail is plied with love, hope, and expectation!
6. Gingerbread-yay or nay? Is making a gingerbread house part of your family holiday tradition?
I love gingerbread... but have never made a gingerbread house.... and doubt I ever will..But my grandma loved ginger cookies, and she made gingerbread cakes... something I have always considered very old-fashioned and is forever more linked with my memories of her... She had the cookie jar filled with those cookies for us kids.... But there were so many of us I tried to be the one to find the jar first to make sure I got one.Alas, no one in my family cares for them so I don't usually make them... But if I did, they'd be like grandma's the soft chewy kind!
I believe this will happen as long as God is in it and all goes according to plan.... that is to hold and love on our second granddaughter.... our lil Christmas baby.... sent to redeem Christmas for our family... for my daddy passed Christmas 2013 and my momma last year on the 27th. This Christmas is filled with the promise of new life and wonderment!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Even as I sit here typing about Christmas as we have known it and expectations of Christmases to come, the radio is reporting yet again an active shooter in California... and I am reminded of the tenuousness of the world we live in.... One would wonder where is the peace and joy... It is only by the power of Christ, seeking His will for our lives, and and having a strong relationship with Him that peace and joy are available in abundance to those who believe! Peace and Joy in a tiny bundle who came to his own hometown and no one accepted him.... will we, today!