Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Countdown to Christmas ... 11/29/2016

We’ve enjoyed lots of Christmas joy today …

We listened to Christmas music and sang along of course … if you’re not singing along, you’re missing out on some holiday joy!

We enjoyed the one and only store bought fruit cake that we like (it’s only available this time of the year) … a Claxton fruitcake!   I’ve only ever tasted one other fruit cake that I liked and it was homemade.  (For many years I thought I didn’t like fruitcake!)

We watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer tonight.  I don’t care how many times I watch this show I enjoy it every time!

I spent some time today looking through the holiday issue of the magazine, Country Sampler. I look forward to this issue every year.  I’ll look through it numerous times; it inspires me, and then pack it away after the holidays until next Christmas when I’ll add the new Christmas issue to my collection. 

I hope you are enjoying this holiday season!

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  1. The kids and I watched Rudolph tonight, too, Patsi! It's a favorite! We also had some peppermint ice cream for a treat :)

    1. Jenn, peppermint ice cream ... what a perfect treat!!!!

  2. Claxton fruitcake is the only one here, too! We watched Mickey's Christmas Carol last night and sorted all the stocking stuffers. Stockings done and it is a big thing since we do 15!

    1. Lana, that's a lot of stockings! I would find that a lot of fun!

  3. Country Sampler is one of my favorite magazines. I let my subscription expire to cut back in the budget. I do however sometimes peek at it on the shelf at Walmart. That's my kind of decor and it's always full of ideas.
    It's hard to believe Christmas is so close. The year has flown by. Enjoying this series, but also looking forward to more posts in your mortgage free home series and emergency preparedness series. Have a great day! ....Vicky in Ky.

    1. Vicky, I don't have a subscription to Country Sampler either that's why I try to watch for the Christmas edition. I'll get back to Our Mortgage Free Home Series and the Emergency preparedness series after the holidays.

  4. Patsy, we watched one of our favourites yesterday, The Grinch. Christmas movies are such fun! Last night, we attended a Carols service in a large Cathedral in our city. It was a performance by the Music & Drama students of one of our larger Universities, and really focused on the true meaning of Christmas. The ladies were all dressed in sparkling dresses in festive colours, and the men wore suits. It went for 90 minutes and was a combination of Carols sung by 45 member strong student ensemble (1st,2nd & 3rd year University level, so incredibly good!), Christmas stories recanted in Shakespearean style, and Bible verses brought to life with beautiful & dramatic retelling. It was absolutely magical, and if I could have just stepped outside into snow (highly unlikely in my tropical part of the world!), it would have been perfect...lol! The fruit cake sounds yummy! Wishing you a happy Festive season. Love, Mimi xxx

    1. Mimi, the carols service sounds like something I would have enjoyed! I love the live shows and being a part of the audience, it's almost magical!


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