Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Only a few days left until Christmas 2009 arrives. For me, there are still last minute things to do, some food to cook and a package or two to wrap. This will be my last post until after Christmas. I want to take time to enjoy each and every aspect of this very special time of the year.

This evening, as I was driving home from my busy day, this was the scene ahead of me. Sadly, I almost missed it because my mind was so preoccupied. Suddenly I noticed what a gorgeous sunset was before me. I stopped and captured the beauty on this cold, winter evening.
Christmas cards have always been a wonderful part of my Christmas memories. I keep them displayed for weeks after the holiday is over. Each one means so much to me, and represents special people in my life. Fortunately, my dear SIL helped me and my family capture this picture for our Christmas card this year. No small feat considering we had lots of little ones to keep still and focused, but she is a great photographer and she did it.

This is the way I chose to display our cards this year. I took an old wire gate that was painted white and wired little lights around it. With tiny wooden clothes pins I attached each of them. It blesses my heart to stand and look at each card and picture, some with interesting letters attached.

This plaque was done by an artistic friend of mine, as a gift to me. It looks so nice sitting on my white bookshelf. "Tis the season"...and I want to take this time to say a heartfelt thank you to each of you in blogland. Never would I have imagined that I would be so blessed to meet all my wonderful friends through blogging.

My wish for you is time to reflect, time to enjoy and people to share this holiday with.

Merry Christmas to you!


Anonymous said...

Christmas cards are my absolute favorite part of the season! Have a very very Merry Christmas! And thank you for such sweet words on your last comment to me! Love, Lissa

Rach said...

Lovely family. I like your card holder too!

Judy said...

Thank-you for sharing your Christmas card with us! It's been wonderful getting to know you this past year...and I wish you and your family a most blessed Christmas.

Kathleen said...

Your family portrait brought tears. In an era of torn marriages and family discord, it represents all that is opposite and good about remaining connected. What a blessing!

I know you'll all enjoy Christmas together; life too. And may 2010 be the gateway to yet even deeper relationships.

Merry Christmas, friend.


P.S. I loved the winter scene you captured. I'd send one from AZ, but it takes a bit of imagination to see how cactus factor into winter. :)

Love Being A Nonny said...

Merry Christmas Judy! How blessed we are with wonderful families and friends. May God bless you all this year to come.

Stacey said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Judy. You bless us with your sweetness almost daily. Thank you!

Happy@Home said...

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family, Judy. Your sister captured a great photo of all of you.
It has been wonderful getting to know you through your blog this past year.

lindsey said...

Lovely post as always! What a greaty family photo too...you did really well. I know only too well how hard it is to get everyone together and looking in the right direction. The last time we managed it was Sept 08 for our sons wedding. Hopefully it wont be too long before we are all together again. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Melinda said...

Merry Christmas to you. Enjoy your time with family and have a Happy New Year.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I like your Christmas card very much! Your SIl did a wonderful job catching everyone at the right moment. Your card display is very pretty also. I keep my cards in a basket and the basket gets passed around the table on Christmas Eve as everyone visiting enjoys looking through the collection of cards and letters and new photographs, It us such a busy but wonderful time of the year!

A very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a happy healthy new year to you and your beautiful family Judy!

Hugs, Pat

Connie said...

It has been so fun getting to know you this year. You have a beautiful family...ENjoy!



Jen said...

What a great family picture! It is so neat to see how your family has grown to include such special people. I LOVE your idea for Christmas cards. I will have to try something like that next year. Hmmm...I think we have some leftover white lattice in our basement I'll have to dig out! Thanks as always for your beautiful insights, thoughts, and so freely sharing your creativity with all of us. I learned so much from you over the years. Love you & Merry Christmas! ~Jen

Nancy at EmbroideryIt.com said...

Wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2010.

Terri said...

What a beautiful picture of your family, Judy! Enjoy every minute of your Christmas together!

Tracy said...
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Tracy said...

What great photos, Judy! I love the way you display your cards! Like you, they are truly one of my favorite things about Christmas...they bring such joy! I positively love that photo of your beautiful family! Hope you and yours have had a most glorious Christmas! = )

Shelley said...

Your family christmas card is beautiful! Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas w/ your family!

Anonymous said...

I loved the picture of your family :>) Christmas cards have always been favorites of mine too. I consider each and every one of them a gift. I hope this tradition never stops because it is such a heart felt one for me. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you and your family will be blessed in tons and tons of ways the coming New Year and always.
Love, Carol


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