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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ten on Tuesday | 'Tis the Season., Carole's asked us to share things we truly enjoy about the holiday season. In case you haven't already guessed, I have many loves this time of year. That hasn't always been the case, and I know how hard - and maybe not even healthy - it can be to put a happy face on a sad I'm sharing my list in all it's sappy holiday spirit and hoping it spreads a bit of cheer.
dark early this morning
1. Twinkle lights. especially when it's dark outside. You know I love them at night...but they're pretty in the morning, too. I also love to see all the lights outside. Folks around here do quite a job of lighting houses, trees, bushes, driveways, signs, ... it's beautiful!

2. Christmas music. Not so much the Sirius/XM stations that start just after Halloween, but the playlists from CDs I've collected over the years (a few of which were inspired additions from my parents' Christmas LPs... topic for another day!)

3. Baking. Honestly, lately, I've really preferred other people baking and me enjoying the fruits of their labors, but this year I think I'm going to try cookies with Charlie.

4. The Advent program at church. It's always meaningful, but this year, they're having actors from our theatrical ministry portray biblical characters ... we had Isaiah for the Hope candle the first Sunday and this past week it was Elizabeth for the Peace candle. Inspiring, heartwarming, and certainly thought-provoking.

5. Christmas on TV (Love Actually, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Family Stone, Charlie Brown and the Grinch) and the Big Screen (we have tickets again this year for White Christmas).

6. Christmas books and stories, and not just for Charlie. He does have quite a collection, including The Snowman, The Night Before Christmas, Olive the Other Reindeer, The Grinch and Polar Express (we read all of those except Polar Express tonight before bedtime). This is likely a topic for another day as well, and I hope y'all have some new titles to share.

7. Celebrating the traditions and memories around our decorations.

8. Our family celebrations and traditions. We have an annual gathering with my brother and sister and their families and a more recent tradition of a girls only lunch after Christmas. My own family is making new traditions (just like Thanksgiving) to celebrate a toddler and a daughter/sister/aunt who arrives on Christmas Eve.

9. All the hustle and bustle...real smiles on faces, the smell of pine, jingle bells. Especially if there's a chill in the air and no shopping involved!

10. Bailey's in my coffee. this is a very special treat that I only enjoy for a day or two the week between Christmas and New Years. (note to self - buy Bailey's).

and now I'm sure y'all are wondering how Charlie did with the tree today. In short - fine. I was actually a little disappointed that it took much encouragement to get the slightest interaction with even a few of the ornaments.

Evidently, he's showing all that interest in the ornaments on his tree at home. I saw that tree for the first time this evening. There are no longer any ornaments at Charlie's level; Katie said he's taken them all off...and she's hung them up again toward the top of the tree. He does have two special ornaments that are "his"...and tonight they are resting on the table, awaiting tomorrow, when he'll hang them up, and take them off...again.

If you're not already playing along with Ten on Tuesday fun, click here to join. and Thank You, Carole, for helping us share our best parts of the holiday season.

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Blogger Bonny said...

Your tree looks so lovely and bright, and the reflections just magnify that further! I think Charlie is to be commended for his good behavior with ornaments. I've just spent a wonderful hour on the floor in front of the bookcase, looking through our Christmas books, reading and enjoying them immensely. Some of my recommendations: Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, Cranberry Christmas, and my all-time favorite, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. Charlie might like it better in a year or two, but I absolutely love it and I bet you might also. Thanks for reminding me of all the great Christmas books!

Tuesday, 08 December, 2015  
Blogger Penny said...

Your tree is absolutely beautiful with the lights! I think baking with Charlie sounds like a lot of fun and maybe even a tradition in the making. I'm glad to hear he was so well behaved with the tree. Maybe he will be content with his two special ornaments. And your list did spread a bit of holiday cheer!

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015  
Blogger margene said...

Within a week Charlie will know every ornament on your tree. I have a feeling you're going to be busy as Charlie starts to understand all things Christmas.

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015  
Blogger Kym said...

Your tree is lovely, Mary -- and your list is full of Christmas spirit! When Erin was Charlie's age, Tom taught her to "touch one finger" with the ornaments on the tree. It took some doing, but it worked! We still laugh about "touch one finger" every year when we decorate the tree -- and she does, too!

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015  
Blogger Carole said...

I love your list and agree on all counts, especially the Christmas specials and movies on TV, old traditions and new ones, and music. What is up with the Sirius holiday stations this year? They are not good at all. I'm glad I have my own playlists to enjoy.

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015  
Blogger Bridget said...

This post makes me all kinds of happy. I am glad someone else enjoys Christmastime as much as I do.

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015  
Anonymous Patty said...

I'm reaching through the screen to grab some of your spirit! We have a cousins / Aunt lunch after Christmas too and it's something I really look forward to. Tree should go up this week - late for us and that will be a happy sight!

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015  
Blogger Lydia said...

Love how you captured the lights on the top photo.

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

We are definitely in a period of making new traditions around here. I do love the sparkle of my tree (even as it remains without ornaments), and love to catch a glimpse of it through the window as I drive up to the house.

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015  
Blogger Honoré said...

Love your list! Aren't kids jus tthe funnest? Bailey's, eh? And a new traditon with Auntie Sarah. Cool!

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015  
Blogger Nancy said...

I love all the twinkles in the top photo. Love walking or driving past homes, catching glimpses of those twinkles. A few years ago I realized I do not need to place the most fragile ornaments way up high. Our sons are 29 and 27!

Friday, 11 December, 2015  

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