Tag Archive | Christmas

Peace at Christmas and all Year

Peace the Angels Sang                                   

And the angels sang
On high to the Almighty
Peace on earth good will

This film was made in 1939; it’s a cartoon, but a very sobering one, pause for much reflection on Peace on Earth!

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Let There Be Peace On Earth

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

         written by Jill Jackson Miller

Sharing with: Orange You Glad It’s Friday?

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Christmas Flower – The Poinsettia

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According to a Mexican legend, one day near Christmas a child who was too poor to buy a present for the Christ child picked a bouquet of weeds from the side of the road. When the child reached the church, the plant blossomed in beautiful red and green flowers. Beginning in the 17th century, monks in Mexico included the plant in their Christmas celebrations.

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More information on the poinsettia: Poinsettia

 

Five Days ‘Til Christmas

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The little birds were so glad to have us home again after five months!  Easy food again!

 
 

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Sharing my little friends withCamera Critters and Saturday’s Critters. If you’d like to see other interesting critters go to Camera Critters!

 

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Beside the hanging bird feeder I have one on the ground for the two mourning doves that have been hanging around my yard for at least five years.  They like to lay their eggs in the palm tree right outside the front door.  When we came home after five months in Florida I found a pile of bird poop right outside the back kitchen door.  I couldn’t believe it!  They had never come on the patio and done that before!  After giving it some thought I figured it was either because they were looking for me – is she home? – is she sick? – where is she?    Or, it’s because I left a block of peanut butter suet setting on the kitchen table right next to the back door!    Of course, I’d like to believe they missed me 🙂

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Here is my touch of orange for Orange You Glad It’s Friday?. Sunny is wondering which present is her’s!
 
 

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Fifteen Days ‘Til Christmas

Bells ring, people sing

The Christ has come!

Gladness lights the hearts of man

As Jesus’ birth brings love and hope.





Christmas eve at home

Welcome to our home this Christmas season!





Mandy
This is sweet Mandy in her Christmas sweater. She passed away this August unexpectedly, even though she was almost seventeen years old. We miss her terribly – she was one sweet doggie!





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Mr. Snowman is glad it’s snowing!

Seventeen Days ‘Til Christmas

Today is Scavenger Hunt Sunday – which I haven’t played in at least six months! So here goes – I don’t even know what pixs I’m going to find for today. I’ll type the word, look at my most recent shots or take a new one and if no can do, will find one in my archives.

Where I Stood
Oh, I’ve lucked out on this one! Here I stood taking shots of the Atlantic Ocean and the sea gulls in Daytona Beach, Florida last October.
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Silver
These have silvery squares, even though they are mirror mosaic tiles. My daughter gave us this pretty set of candle votives a few Christmases ago.
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Tiny
I found this tiny tree ornament in the drawer, so I put it with the only Christmas decoration I’ve put out so far – Mr. Jiggly Reindeer.
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In The Cupboard
My favorite cupboard to open! All sorts of tasty drinks – from Starbucks coffee to hot cocoa to chai tea – all Starbucks, of course 🙂
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Shadow
Okay, here I am again, back on Daytona Beach. I was fascinated by the tire tracks on the sand. There is a certain part of Daytona Beach where you can drive your car right on the beach – pretty cool!
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Eighteen Days ‘Til Christmas

With the cold weather we’ve been having the last few days, a cup of hot tea will give you a warm glow and lighten your spirits!

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Here are some delightful heartwarming tea recipes you might want to try:

Hot Spiced Tea
6 cups water
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 piece cinnamon stick
6 tea bags of your choice
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 Tbs. lemon juice

Bring water to boil; add cloves, cinnamon stick. Simmer a few minutes. Remove from heat and add tea bags; steep until desired strength (min. five minutes). Remove spices and tea bags. Set aside.

In a small saucepan stir in orange juice, sugar, pineapple juice, and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Stir juice until all of the sugar dissolves completely. Pour juice mixture into the spiced tea. Serve hot. (adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hot-spiced-tea-for-the-holidays/ )

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Hot Toddy French Vanilla

6 Bigelow French Vanilla Tea Bags
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
¼ tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon rum extract

Place tea bags, heavy cream, whole milk in a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave. Heat the tea bags, cream and milk on high for 4 minutes, stirring at 1 minute intervals. Carefully remove from the microwave and allow the tea bags to steep for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and press with the back of a spoon to release all flavors -discard used tea bags. Add remaining ingredients and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into 4 heat proof cups/mugs, top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Enjoy! http://m.bigelowtea.com/recipe.aspx?rid=2647rid=2647

PS  When I went to make this recipe I couldn’t find Bigelow ‘s French Vanilla, so I bought their Vanilla Chai instead.  And since we use nonfat milk I substituted that for the whole milk.  I must say, it was fantastic!!  Sort of like a spicy spiked eggnog.  I halved the recipe since there’s just my husband and me – but I could have drank the whole thing it was so good! 





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Hot Holiday Tea

1 1/2 cups water
8 Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup burgundy wine
Cinnamon sticks as a garnish

In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea, cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove teabags.
Stir in cranberry juice and wine. Return to medium heat. Heat thoroughly.
Serve in a large pottery mug. Garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick. http://m.bigelowtea.com/recipe.aspx?rid=2134





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Ninteen Days ‘Til Christmas

Ninteen things I’m grateful for:

God
Family
Friends
A church running over
Smiles
Pets
A giving and loving community
Running Water
Electricity
A roof over my head
A free country
A loving husband albeit cranky
Two wondeful cats
Memories of four very special doggies
A terrific Home Health team
A car to get around in
Grocery stores close by
And a shopping mall nearby
With a Starbucks in it!

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DH and me in 1989

‘Twas A Few Nights Before Christmas!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday is almost here!  So I’m sharing this with Ashley Sisk’s blog –Scavenger Hunt Sunday  and Mosaic Monday. By the way,  since I missed last weeks hunt I didn’t realize the prompts I was using were from last week!  So now I’m going to try and use the same pix with different prompts 🙂

JOY

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My own Santa (above) brings me joy.   DH was Santa many years ago and I was his favorite elf.  And our sweet grand-daughter,  Stephanie is a great joy (below).

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Tangled

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What a tangle!  Here’s a Santa that talks so grumpy he makes you laugh!  And hanging a tangled up gingerbread and a snowlady weren’t too easy!

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Guilty Pleasure

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From the archives – eating a whole cake would definitely be a guilty pleasure!



Angel(s)

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Family & Visions – Sensational Haiku Wednesday

Wouldn’t you know – I jumped the gun and posted haiku for next week’s prompt! But it seems to go well with family so I am combining them just this once 🙂



FAMILY

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Communal spirit
As we gather together
For holiday cheer

 



 

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Christmas is coming
Visions of chocolate candy
Dancing in my head



When New Year arrives
Visions of peace light and love
And hope fill my heart





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