Monday, December 22, 2014

COUNT DOWN - 4, 3, 2, 1

This is the big week....for children....even for those who are still children in their hearts. The excitement is mounting.

Our Christmas Cantata was last night and the choir and actors did a great job. It was set in civil war days and the theme was 'Christmas at Home'.  The songs went right along with what Christmas is really about - the Baby born in the manager. We had a packed out house, which was a blessing in itself.  Some who didn't go to church elsewhere and had never given their lives to Christ, heard the message last night.

A neighbor of ours, 90 years old, died on Saturday and the funeral is today.  We are going to the visitation at the funeral home, but not going to the cemetery since Jim can't walk nor stand for long periods of time.

I still need to wrap what gifts I have, but since we aren't exchanging until the Sunday after Christmas, I have plenty of time.  I can't explain it, but my heart just isn't in it this year.  I have to pretend it is though when I am around my children and grandchildren.



  1. I understand what your saying. I was the same way, something 'snapped' this morning with me...while I was getting ready, a neighbor knocked on the door and gave us a huge plate/basket full of homemade cookies. We had been exchanging treats all week with our landlady...anyways---hard to explain, but that just warmed my heart. I told hubby to grab his coat, we were going back down to the college...anyways--we have such wonderful neighbors, which we never had before. Maybe I just needed a reality check in the spirit...I don't know what to call it, Linda. I get this way--feeling sorry for myself because of the way family is. THEN we get a phone call this morning asking could we set 2 more plates for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

    ANYWAYS---Praying for you and Jim....Merry Christmas & many Blessings

  2. Boy, did I write a book to you..sorry about that...

    1. Feel free to write a book any time, and thank you - I am sure something will hit like it did for you.

  3. Oh, I'm with you, Linda. No Christmas spirit this year. Just lots on my mind I guess. And having no little kids in the family does something also. I am so thankful for my pastor's little girl. I told her mom yesterday that she is such a blessing to me. I call her my adopted grandchild. This is her first Christmas (she is 11 months old) and she is so excited. She knows something is happening, but not what. Can't wait to see pictures of her day. I hope we both get more of the spirit by the big day. Maybe spending time with family will help.

  4. I'm sorry to hear of your neighbour's passing, and so close to Christmas Day. I pray your heart will be full of joy and excitement on Christmas Day. Hugs to you!

  5. I feel the same way. We didn't buy any gifts this year and my heart aches because I've always loved buying surprises for the kids. I love to give. Now I have to "pretend" I still have the Christmas spirit.
    You take care and wishing you and your hubby a blessed Christmas.

  6. I actually haven't enjoyed Christmas as much as when younger since the family fell apart about '98 or '99 (thanks to my monster-in-law). But I do still decorate as much as my health will allow.
    I pray you and Jim are pain free and enjoying the evening.
    Luv ~:)

  7. Christmas can be a hard time. I think you'll feel more of that Christmas spirit when you see the grandkids opening gifts. You have the spirit that really counts though - in the joy of Christ, as evidenced by your enjoyment of seeing people hear the work at the cantata last night. Praying you and Jim are doing well.

  8. I agree with what Mari said. You have the real spirit of Christmas alive in your heart, and that's what counts. I agree though, that there has been something missing for us, too.....