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Thursday, December 13, 2007


All the decorations are out.....

Gifts, all wrapped up so pretty and bright....

A few precious Santas sitting around.....this one is actually 3 little, decorated boxes that will hold cookies and candy for our Christmas Eve gathering at our home. I so love this time with all of our children and grandchildren. seems such a short time ago that we and our small children were having Christmas Eve at MY mom and dad's house. I am....the grandmother. It still shocks me sometimes when I think about how the time has flown by.

Clusters of candles, smelling so sweet and casting such a lovely glow.......

Using items that you love and that are dear to your heart, such as this silver tray my beautiful daughter brought me from one of her trips.

Little Christmas-ey rugs and towels and hot pads.....

Delicious treats from the store or a special shop.....

Homemade goodies...either from a mix or from scratch.....especially served warm, dripping in butter!!! :) (and we ALL know, ANYTHING dripping in butter is good, right?)

All of it together means Christmas, it means the family is home, it means friends dropping by, it means to reach in your mailbox and get a beautiful card, either from a family member, an old friend or a friend from blogland. It means the UPS person delivering a gift you ordered for someone special and you can hardly wait to give it to them and see their eyes light up.....

But most of all it means THE REASON FOR THE SEASON is so on our minds and in our hearts, more than any other time of the blessed year. It means we are ALL loved......It means we are getting prepared for a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY celebration.

It means that I want to wish you all a Merry CHRISTmas ~ Oh, isn't it such a great time of year? And, I think I have enjoyed it all so much more this year because of all of you! Your wonderful ideas, recipes, laughter and humor, your giving us a nudge when we need it, your support and your tears for us when we stumble......I am just thrilled to have you all as my blogging friends....thank you so much for all you do. ~


ADDED NOTE...I forgot to mention that I am going to a SLUMBER PARTY tonight! How exciting is that!! I will take pictures to prove to you that even senior citizens can have Slumber parties and still survive. Well...I may be getting the Cart before the Horse here. Who's to say if I can survive it or not??? Stay tuned and know that I will be a little late in posting tomorrow morning....IF I'm still around to even post!!! hehee hee...Should be a fun time.


Karen H. said...

Good Morning BJ,
What a beautiful and touching post. You could have used this as a "THANKFUL THURSDAY" post. I just did mine. All of your decorations are so beautiful. You have decorated your home so beautifully. And yes,the "REASON FOR THE SEASON" is the best of all. I am Thankful for you as well my friend. You are a wonderful person and I enjoy visiting with you. Even tho you do have me drooling on my computer at times. LOL. But hey, it's fun isn't it? So many wonderful friend here in blogland. Did yall get any snow the other night? Well, take care my friend and have a great Thursday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Karen H.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Very nice, Bj. Wish I were down your way this morning eating one of those muffins. We are supposed to get up to 9 inches of snow today :-)

Cottage Contessa said...

Gorgeous post BJ. Have a fantastic day sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Lib said...

Wow,what a Beautiful Post!
I Love dec. for Christmas. I wish all the Love and Peace we fell this time of yr. could last yr. around.
Hope you have a Great day!
Blessins', Lib

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi BJ, just popped in to say good day to you, you have written a beautiful post, it's good to be reminded what it's all really about!
best wishes,

Suzy said...

Good morning BJ,

I like your little 3 box Santa, the little rug and your wrapped gifts. Well I like it all; you certainly have sense of style.

Wish you a magical day!

Karen H. said...

SHHHH!!!! I'm sneaking back in to grab me a hanful of those yummy muffins loaded with butter. Yeap, losts of good ole butter. Everything is better with butter. LOL. Don't tell anyone, but I'm off to sit at my computer drooling over my muffins. LOL. Take care my friend and have a great Thursday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Karen H.
Quietly leaving out the door looking over my shoulder just to make sure no one is looking. LOL.

Nan said...

Thanks for sharing some of your special items. The muffins are killing me with that butter. Yum!
Thanks, especially, for showing the reason for the season.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Your house looks so festive. I can almost smell the butter-dripping muffins.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sweet BJ,
Once more a beautiful post and beautifully wrapped presents and beautiful goodies and beautiful candles from a beautiful woman.
Thank you for reminding all of us the reason BJ and i hope you have the most wonderful sentimental old time in the whole wide world.
Hugs Kristina XxX

Mary said...

Dear BJ,

What a lovely post! Yes, all the trimmings and trappings of Christmas get us excited, but it's the knowledge of what's at the heart of the season that fills us with true joy.

May you have a wonderful and joyous Christmas!

FarmHouse Style said...

BJ your home looks simply gorgeous all decorated for Chistmas!

I love the punch bowl full of ornaments and your stockings from your last post!

Hope you have a great time at the Slumber Party. Don't stay up too late now;)


Michelle said...

Have fun at your slumber party! Are you going to put your friend's bras in the freezer? Hee Hee! Love all the pretties in your post today. Michelle

Karen H. said...

Hey BJ,
I was just passing thru and saw where you added something. A Slumber Party huh? Hmmmm, now what are yall up to and what kind of trouble are yall concocting up? LOL. Do I need to have the Police to stand-by to keep a check on yall there? I do hope you have a good time tonight. I am so looking forward to your post tomorrow now. I'm sorry I spilt some butter on your floor, but that was alot of butter. LOL. That was so much fun. Well, take care my friend and have a great Thursday. Stay away from all Eggnog and Sangria. LOL. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

I love your blog! ANd what you say about Christmas is SO TRUE!!!!

Thank you so much for entering my giveaway and for sharing your wonderful Christmas traditions with me! I do a birthday cake for Jesus too!!! Havent decided what kind yet this year though :) Not Devil's food though. Never. I have so enjoyed reading all of the posts!


Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

I love your blog! ANd what you say about Christmas is SO TRUE!!!!

Thank you so much for entering my giveaway and for sharing your wonderful Christmas traditions with me! I do a birthday cake for Jesus too!!! Havent decided what kind yet this year though :) Not Devil's food though. Never. I have so enjoyed reading all of the posts!


Amelia said...

I bet red is your favorite color...amm I right? Or is it because of Christmas>

As alwatys enjoyed the tour.

Behave at the party - just kidding have fun. as Mothers have always said "remember who you are"

Snow is expected coming in tomorrow night. I am sort of excited in a way.

Jackie said...

BJ have fun at your slumber party tonight. We will be looking forward to hearing all about it.

By the way check out my blog, I got something today. Thank you! Thank you! I love everything.


Anonymous said...

Looks like you have it all together. so luckey you are. Have fun tonight and don't play truth or dare hehe.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Good News BJ....Our nine inches of snow came down as sleet and we only got an inch! We were right below the snow line :-)

Nancy said...

It sounds like your home is definitely looking a lot like Christmas. Your photos are beautiful! I also have some vintage ornaments I put in a glass bowl, and I love that! Oh your muffins look delicious.

How fun a slumber party! Enjoy every minute.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi BJ!
How beautiful this post was. Really touched my heart! Have fun at your slumber party! Don't stick anyones bra in the freezer!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Oh what fun-we must hear about the wonderful slumber party! And everything looks so good- the santa 'boxes' are just the cutest little guy, and everything just sings with Christmas joy!

kari & kijsa

Anita said...

So many pretty things...

And a slumber party sounds like fun!! :)

Marcela said...

Hello BJ!!!
Merry Christmas to you my friend!!!!
And enjoy the party tonight!!!!!!
My best wishes to you and yours

Karen H. said...

SHHHH!!!! Sneaking in to see if BJ came home from the Sleep Over. Hmmm, I can't seem to find her. She may still be partying. LOL. I will come back later and see what she has to say about her party.
Quietly walking out the door looking for some goodies that she may have left out to eat. LOL.

Karen H.

Karen H. said...

Hmmmm, wondering where BJ is? Wonder if she has a hangover from too much eggnog? Has anyone seen BJ? Oh well, I'll just go grab me some goodies that she has stashed in her freezer and have it with my coffee. LOL.

I know you said you would be late in posting, but I am just anxious to hear about your sleepover.

Karen H.

Christy :-) <> said...

What a lovely post! Your home is always so warm and welcoming. And now I am starving, wishing I was at your house w/ those muffins. Merry Christmas again, dear friend.

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hi BJ! I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful everything is!! Everything is just lovely, and I am in awe over those beautifully wrapped packages! A lovely post indeed!



Karen H. said...

Hmmmm, it's pert near noon here and BJ still ain't home. That must have been some sleep over party she went to. I'm a wonderin' now if Santa didn't come by and take em all back to the North Pole. Maybe they were bein bad? Who know. I just guess I'll have to come back later on.

Karen H.