Yesterday was so much fun! Hubby and I went to a local tree farm (Small Business Saturday!) and got a gorgeous Christmas tree and came home and decorated it while watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music. We snacked on leftovers throughout the day and generally rejoiced in being together. I talk about miscellaneous celebrations that happen throughout the year here, but truthfully the best celebrations of all are the ones that are centered around God, family and friends. If every single day is a celebration of these things, then life – no matter what tribulations come your way – will be sweet.
Today we tackle the rest of the decorations, with the hope that we’ll have all of the boxes BACK out to the garage so we can step back and appreciate and admire the beauty all around the room. I admit it, when we get everything out it looks like Christmas threw up in our house . . . and that’s OK! I love it that way! We only get this for a short time each year and I want to just bury myself in it. How do you decorate in your house? Are you a minimalist, or do you put Christmas in every corner, nook and cranny?
Advent – Today is the first day of Advent . . . the kick off to welcoming the Christ Child, the reason for the entire season. I don’t care what the secular world says – their words mean nothing and cannot change the facts. We celebrate Christmas because of Jesus Christ and the gift He is to the world. I don’t care how many people scream to call it Holiday instead of Christmas, or how often people squall to take all Christian symbols from our public places, the meaning of this season doesn’t change, it is in our hearts and in our souls. A few days ago Heather, from the Welcoming House Blog, linked my Advent Wreath tutorial, weekly and nightly readings, on her page. Here it is for quick reference. Please join us in celebrating Advent, putting the love of Christ at the forefront of this season.
Civil Air Patrol Day – The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer organization that is a Congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. People from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations are part of the Civil Air Patrol, and they perform three key missions. Emergency services, which include search and rescue by both air and ground, disaster relief operations, and aerospace education for youth and the general public. One of their major programs is the cadet program for teenage youth. Membership into the cadet program is for youth ranging from 12 to just under 21 years old, with their senior members being 18 years old and up. This is a wonderful educational program that teaches responsibility, community outreach, discipline and dedication.
Rosa Parks Day – On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black woman, was arrested for disobeying an Alabama law that required all black passengers to give up their seats to white passengers when the bus was full. Black passengers were also required to sit at the back o the bus. When she was arrested, a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system, and led to a 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation. I cannot imagine life during those times, and know that people like Rosa Parks helped pave the way for the lines between the races to be erased. It is so sad that all these years later the lines are being drawn again, with the relationship between the races being worse than it has been in decades.
This Day In History –
1887 – Sherlock Holmes appeared for the first time in print in “A Study in Scarlet.” (1887)
1955 – In Montgomery, AL, Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat in the front section of a bus.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Eat A Red Apple Day – The phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” was coined at the 1904 World’s Fair by J.T. Stinson in an effort to promote apples as a healthy snack. I love apples. I’m sure most of us do. We all know how good they are for us, they are delicious and the combination of tasty and healthy is one we can all get behind. There are thousands of apples grown all over the planet, so there are tasty choices so we can all find a type that appeals most to us. My personal favorites are Honey Crisp and Cameo. YUM! Did you know that the science of growing apples is called “pomology”?
- Apple Slices & Peanut Butter
- Slow-Cooker Red Hot Baked Apples
- Apple Crostata
- Apple & Pecan Salad
- Candy Apples
- Easy Pink Applesauce
- Red Cinnamon Apple Pie
The rest of the day will now be spent finishing our decorations and cleaning up the house, making some soup, and getting ready for the work week. It’s been wonderful having the last few days off and getting ready for Christmas, and just resting. Somehow all the work of Thanksgiving and decorating for Christmas just isn’t work. Well, it is time to get busy! Merry Christmas, God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!