I was excited to put up our tree this year so I could place our new Mariner’s Compass tree skirt under it!
Once it was in place my husband commented that it matched the Christmas quilt we’d just hung on the other side of the living room.
I hadn’t made the connection – WOW! I guess I do have a Mariners Compass addiction 😄.
Since the day we put up the tree – it snowed! 6″ of heavy, wet, beautiful snow! I love it and I couldn’t resist going outside while the thick flakes were coming down and snapping a few pics.
As I approached our bird feeding area there were birds everywhere. My presence caused them to scatter, so I decided to stand very still and wait. Mike looked out our bedroom window and couldn’t resist photographing me waiting to photograph our feathered friends.
A brave chickadee made the waiting worthwhile (look to the right – he’s small, but he’s there!)
One of my favorite parts of the season is baking cookies with my parents, kids, and grandkids. Our son and his family live nearby but are concerned about gathering this year. Our grandkids in Washington should have been here by now, but the pandemic has delayed that visit. So I set up a time to bake with Mom and Dad. After all, they’re the ones I’ve done this with consistently since the time I was very young 😊. Then, while talking with Hanna via Facetime, she had the idea of baking together virtually. She and Willy “gathered” with us on my computer screen.
They made peanut butter kiss cookies
And we made all our traditional ones:
A yummy time was had by all!
Now we await a church service on Christmas Eve and a quiet and small gathering for Christmas dinner to celebrate the birth of our Savior.
So grateful to have so many blessings. A very merry Christmas to all of you. God bless us everyone!
And here’s a quick update on Sharon and my “Ringing and Singing” for the Salvation Army
Each year during the Christmas season I’ve posted about the wonderful time my friend Sharon and I have ringing and singing for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive at our local grocery store.
This wonderful program has become yet another casualty of the pandemic. I received a letter from Marie, the head of our local campaign, saying that they won’t be manning the kettles with volunteers this year (it would have been our 18th). The good news is they have an alternate plan to support this very worthwhile organization. I wrote Marie that I would share it on my blog:
“Due to Covid, & the safety of our bell ringers, the Watertown Salvation Army Kettle Campaign will look a little different this year. There will be no bell ringers at kettles. New this year is a way to donate to the Virtual Kettle. Please text to Local to 24365. Donations made online will be credited to Jefferson County’s Kettle Campaign. Check donations may be mailed to PO Box 774, Watertown, WI 53094. Thank you for all the past generous contributions to the local Red Kettle Campaign.Marie Miller, Volunteer, The Watertown Salvation Army”
If you don’t live in the Watertown area, I’m sure the Salvation Army is taking donations wherever you live.
Many things are going to be very different this Christmas season, but the real reason for the season will never change – Joy to the World, the Lord Has Come!
We have much to celebrate!