Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Look What Just Flew In ~ Christmas Birdies

Hello again Christmas loving friends~

I didn't think I would be sharing something so soon but I received a late Christmas present and I just had to share it with you.

My son who knows my love for birdies, especially goldfinches and cardinals, sent me these beautiful ornaments. They are made of blown glass with glitter on them.

I have never seen a cardinal here on the Island but I think they are beautiful with their red plumage.

I had taken the tree down earlier and then these arrived. 

My plan was to keep the mantel decorated with the evergreen and candles until the end of January so my little birds are perched in the garland and I can enjoy them at least for a little while. I just love them!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my little feathered friends. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

After the Holidays and Happy New Year!

Hello my Christmas blogging friends~

"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar every month." ~ Harlan Miller

I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas with family and friends. 

All is quiet here and the tree has been taken down and put away for another year. I always leave my tree up till after New Years but I was anxious to get the room back in order again.

I wanted to show you the darling tree my hubby gifted me with. 

I'm sorry the lighting is so poor but you can see it is pale pink and it has an allover iridescent sheen to it. I can't wait to decorate it with something special for next year, maybe even for Valentines Day!

I spotted these wee trees on sale for half price at one of our hardware stores and I know exactly what I want to do with them.

One I will decorate for my tea parties and the other I will glue into the boot. 

The boot had held a fabulous floral arrangement for my mother who is in a nursing home. It had beautiful red roses sprinkled with glitter and real pine and other evergreens as well as a glittered ornament and berries. I plan to glue the tree into the boot and decorate it for my mother for next year. So, I've got a few little projects to work on for next Christmas.

What will you be working on? Do you have any projects in mind?

This will be my last post here for a while. Should I happen to find something Christmasy I will share it with you. Meanwhile, I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Till next time, I am ....

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Little Christmas Story

Happy Christmas friends!

This will be my last posting before Christmas and I am going to share a couple more of my ornaments with you before I tell you a little story.

Like my Daddy, I have always loved trains and my youngest son knew that so when he visited Chattanooga, TN last year, he got me this little train; the Chattanooga Choo-choo train. It's my newest ornament with a sweet memory attached to it.

Someday I would like to have a train set chugging around on the floor below the Christmas tree.

In one of our homes, we had a flooded basement and that is where I had kept all the Christmas decorations. At that time, they were stored in boxes instead of totes so some of my ornaments had to be disposed of. I was most dismayed because some of those ornaments had been from my hubby's and my first Christmas. 

Thankfully, I salvaged this little snare drum. It was one of our first ornaments and unknown to us at the time, we would later have three sons who all played the drums.

Many years ago, a family member gifted me with this little rustic Nativity. 

This wooden nativity had gotten water logged in the flood and completely fell apart. You can see there are many tiny pieces to it and it is actually smaller than it is in this photo. 

So, I carefully gathered up all the pieces and dried them all out on a window sill where the sun could get at them. When the pieces were dry, I painstakingly started to glue it back together again. It was a lot of work and it took some time to get it right because the pieces were so small.
However, I finally got it back together again and after all these years, it still hangs on the Christmas tree.

It kind of reminds me of us. When we come into this world, we are brand new but as the years go by, we get our feelings hurt and begin to acquire bad habits, and dare I say it, sin in our lives. The day comes when we realize what a mess we are and we need help to be put back together again. 

That is God's job and that is one of the reasons why God sent His only Son down here. And if we allow Him to, He will work on us, a little at a time, helping to mend our many hurts and our inferior qualities. 

Just like my little nativity, once He fixes us, He makes us strong so we can be of use for many years to bring joy to Him and the world around us.

Merry Christmas everyone! May we all be a light in this world and do what we can to make the world a better place. The Lord be with you all and make you a blessing this Christmas!

"And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins." ~ Matthew 1:21

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi