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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The ABC's of Christmas ~ S

The Letter S

Snow flakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share.

Sleigh bells in the air

Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there.

Christmas time is here

We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see,
Such spirit through the year. ~ From A Charlie Brown Christmas

 Today's letter is...S

is for....
Star of Bethlehem, Silver Bells, Snowflakes, Stockings, Saviour, Sugar Plums.

"And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
And they came to the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh." ~ Matthew 2:10-11


"For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord." ~ Luke 2: 11

"Silver Bellsis a classic Christmas song, composed by Jay Livinston and Ray Evans.

                              

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you'll hear

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day


SnowflakesThe magical thing about snowflakes, is that there are no two alike. Each one is unique and beautifully created.  

Courtesy of the Internet

Each one of you is like a lovely snowflake. You are beautiful and unique, and there is no other like you in all the world. God has made only one like you and you are precious to Him. 
During this beautiful Christmas season, I invite you to get to know Him. He is the reason we are celebrating Christmas and the best you could give Him, is yourself.

When I was growing up, my mother always made sauce pan cookies at Christmastime. Once I got married, I started making them. I suppose many of you in Blogland have a similar recipe. A few years ago, I added green and red cherries to the mixture and now they are called Sugar Plums.
They are tasty little morsels made of dates, nuts, rice krispies, and cherries, then rolled in coconut.

Tykes on sleds and shouts of glee, icy-window filigree, sugarplums and candle glow, part of Christmas long ago. ~ Jo Geis


Thank you for visiting today. I hope you will stop by again tomorrow as I do the letter T.
Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The ABC's of Christmas - R

Hello friends! Today's letter of the ABC's of Christmas is R.


is for...
Robins, Roasted chestnuts, Rocking horses, Rudolph, Reindeer.



The Legend of Robin Redbreast


On that first Christmas, it is said, the night was wrapped in a bitter chill. The small fire in the stable was nearly out, and the mother Mary worried that her Baby would be cold. She turned to the animals about her and asked them to help.

"Could you blow on the embers," she asked the ox, "so the fire might continue to keep my Son warm?"

But the ox lay sound asleep on the stable floor and did not hear her. Next Mary asked the donkey to breathe life back into the fire but the donkey did not hear Mary either. Nor did the horse or the sheep. She wondered what to do.

Suddenly, Mary heard a fluttering of little wings. Looking up, she saw a plain, brown-coloured little robin fly into the stall. This robin had heard Mary calling to the animals and had come to help her himself. He went over to the dying fire and flapped his wings hard.

His wings were like little bellows, huffing and puffing air onto the embers, until they glowed bright red again. He continued to fan the fire, singing all the while, until the ashes began to kindle.

With his beak, the robin picked up some fresh, dry sticks and tossed them into the fire. As he did, a flame suddenly burst forth and burned the little bird's breast a bright red. But the robin simply continued to fan the fire until it crackled brightly and warmed the entire stable. The Baby Jesus slept happily.

Mary thanked and praised the robin for all he had done. She looked tenderly at his red breast, burned by the flame, and said, "From now on, let your red breast be a blessed reminder of your noble deed."

And to this day, the robin's red breast covers his humble heart.

FROM~ "A Christmas Stocking" by Louise Betts Egan

Christmas Robin by Pat Carlton

Robins are one of the only UK birds to be heard singing in the garden on Christmas Day. This is because they hold their territories all year round, defending against intruders with song. Males often hold the same territory throughout their lives, and they will even attack a bundle of red feathers or their own reflection, mistaking it for another bird. Their melodious voices, along with their cocky little attitudes, have endeared robin red breasts to the British public, and in 1960 they were crowned the UK's national bird.


Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire." I've never had roasted chestnuts but always wondered what they tasted like.



I love rocking horses and I own a small collection of them. I'm not sure where my fascination of them comes from; most likely my childhood. The following photos are some from my collection.

I hope you enjoy seeing them.


This horse sits by the fireplace and was a gift from my hubby one Christmas.


This little ornament hangs on the Christmas tree every year; a gift from my son when he was nine years old.

I love this white, distressed rocking horse. I leave him out most of the winter.


This adorable little porcelain deer, or reindeer, was a gift from my mother many years ago. I bring him out every Christmas. He looks so much like the Rudolph my father made out of wood when I was a little girl. My mother painted it and there was a red light for his nose. Along the platform he stood on was a row of coloured lights and when Rudolph was plugged in, he lit up the whole window where he was placed year after year. 

Thank you for joining me today and please come back tomorrow for the letter S.

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 10 December 2018

The ABC's of Christmas - Q

Q - The ABC's of Christmas

Lord, help me this Christmas to reflect the light of Your presence and goodness to others. - an except from Our Daily Bread. 

Hello everyone. If you have been following along, you know that today's letter of the ABC's of Christmas is Q.

There is not a lot for Q but this is what I came up with.



is for....
The Queen's Speech and Quirky.

For some, watching the Queen's speech at 3pm on Christmas Day, is an integral part of the traditions of the day. I know my mother never missed it.
The first broadcast from the monarch began during the reign of the present Queen's grandfather, King George V, who in 1932 spoke in the 'wireless' from an office in Sandringham.

The tradition was maintained by his son King George VI, who became king following his brother's abdication and continued by the Queen.



Courtesy of US Weekly on Internet



I wracked my brain for another Q word and I came up with Quirky. When I think of quirky at Christmastime, I think of Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. 
Charlie Brown tree courtesy of the Internet



Charlie Brown attempted to restore the proper spirit of Christmas with a sad and quirky little tree. The little tree was mocked like Charlie Brown himself. He needed Linus' help to learn the real meaning of Christmas. In the end, the kids transform the  quirky little tree into a holiday standout and Linus said, "I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love." {excerpt from Charles M. Shulz's, "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

The magic of Christmas is not in the presents but in His Presence. ~ unknown

A Charlie Brown Christmas has a heart warming message to us all. It doesn't matter the size of the tree or the gift but who is gathered around it. If LOVE is around it, that's all that matters! God's love and loved ones.

So, there you have it! Short and sweet today.
Have a delightful day and please join me again tomorrow for the letter R.


Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi