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Tuesday, 02 December 2008

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Oh, I have tears in my eyes. What a very lovely post. I will do the three things tonight and try to make a habit of it - it is too easy to take things for granted. New to blogging and making art (sort of, have taught art a long time but didn't make it for me), I am so thankful for the very precious blog buddies/artist friends I have made in such a short time. I keep running into the most interesting and kind and giving people. Linda Cain, Suzan Buckner, and Linda Cripell have really touched me with their creative and generous spirits. I am so thankful for that.

I have ordered from you, but found your blog through Tace (or maybe the other way around, I can't remember - but you were part of the story), who I think is my long lost BFF (okay, well, really I am her stalker and she is mine). Anyway, I always love reading your blog - today was especially special. You have a beautiful classy way about you - I love your blog and your store. Hope you have a fun and joyous holiday season!
Marsha

I love the idea of ending the day by listing three good things. I'm putting that into practice immediately.

My favorite part of Christmas is those quiet evenings, between the parties and rushing around, when I can just curl up on the couch with a mug of cocoa and enjoy the lights and the peace.

I really love reading your blog - it's a nice combination of art and life! We have several traditions - although this maybe the last year for this one: Starting Dec 1st, I set out an advent calendar that is The Nutcracker, told in 25 little books that are read and hung on the tree. I bought this when my son (now, almost 20 yo)was 2. Each night we read one of the books. When the kids were little, I'd read and they'd take turns putting it on the tree. When they could read, they would take turns reading. This is the last year they'll both be home as my son will ransfer from Jr college and my daughter is finishing college applications. There's been some discussion as to whether or not to read all the books on Christmas eve next year.

I also collect Santa's - and the kids always want them set up first!

Connie

I have so many things to be thankful for. Thanks for the reminder to be more grateful everyday! You are on my list tonight, and each day when you share part of yourself and your life with your readers. My favorite part has to be sitting in the quiet with just the tree lights lit, enjoying a cup of hot tea. Happy Holidays to you and yours, Ginny.

All Good Things,
Trish

I told my husband about your experience with the neighbor and his son coming over to help. We were parked in line at a very slow moving bank machine drive-thru thing-a-ma-jig, anyways I relayed your story to him. We both spent much time musing about it, it seemed so....cool, and unusual. Like a Hallmark movie but in the nicest way possible. That some one actually came over and did the good deed thing. What I'm trying to say is that stories like that are so heartening, and hearing that people do things just to be nice, to teach a younger one about good deeds, that's amazing. Better than a movie because it's real!
My favorite part about Christmas...Christmas Eve. That's the best, something magical happens on Christmas Eve. Time slows, and gets cozy and it feels like when the lights are out and the fire place is going and the whole room kind of glows. It feels like that, even if there's no firelight or candles or whatever. I am thinking it's because so many people, all at once are experiencing that same thing at once, that all that good will and happy, tucked in cozy and snug feelings carry around to every one.
Wow, I oughtta be a Maple tree I'm so sappy this comment. HAHAHAHA
. P.s. if I'm honest I also love the desserts. I love the decadent, rich, over the top, apple crisp piled high with ice cream style desserts that every one seems to agree we will all ignore the calories of during Christmas.

A lovely and very sweet story, Ginny :-)

A very wonderful story Ginny!

I love the whole general feeling at Christmas, decorating the house, making cards with friends, making a wonderful dish or dinner to be shared with friends and family, even the yearly Christmas shows we've all seen every year throughout our lives. It is comforting and brings back so many wonderful memories. It is one of the reasons I love Tim Holtz's stamps they are nostalgic never cease to bring a smile & story to someone when I make a card for them. We all have so much to be thankful for every day, one of my favorite things every day is knowing my partner is coming home to me we will share our day's events over a wonderful dinner... it is simple and routine yet so comforting.

Thanks for the wonderful story.
I love everything about the holidays. But I guess if I had to pick a favorite it would be Lights.
My daughter and I still drive around looking at holiday lights.
She's 28 and says we will do it till she's 88
( hope I live that long )

so far this year my favorite thing is that my son REMEMBERS so much from previous years. he remembers where to put certain decorations (and helps display them), he remembers that we have to wait until closer to the 25th before driving around to see lights in the neighborhood, etc.

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