…twas the night before Christmas…

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

baby, it’s cold outside

it is COLD outside!  whew!!!  after church, we picked up subway & starbucks and came home to our warm home!!! 

my sunday scrappin’:

this is my layout for today’s december daily.  (you can see more scrappy things on my flickr)  

…this week i’ve made gift tags, layouts for my december daily and a gift….

i made these crackers today.  

flaxseed and onion crackers, by martha stewart

they were easy and are quite tasty!

that’s about it!! 

Christmas is almost here!  can’t believe how fast december has gone! 

lots to do tomorrow. 

better head to bed. 

braven’ the crowds

whew!  they are out in droves today! 

spent most of the day Christmas shopping… 

i really don’t mind the crowds.  i’ve always loved this time of year….the crowds don’t bother me. 

20 years ago, i used to work retail at toys-r-us and i looooved this time of year!  it was sooo busy! 

the hustle & bustle of the crowds.  the Christmas music playing in the stores. 

i love it. 

also made some handmade gift tags. 

here’s a glance (below). 

still working on my december daily.  you can see it here.


oh whatta great day!  

my hubby took the day off so we could spend the day together. 

it was the best!! 

Christmas shopping. 


wrap’n presents. 

driving around looking at Christmas lights (tonight with son & dog). 

it was a truly enjoyable day…..i am really blessed to have him as my hubby!   


hello snow


the snow and ice came yesterday and last night.  not enough to worry about. 

just enough for a school delay. 

that’s ok.  i love it! 

not much to say. 

still working on Christmas shopping, decorating, baking, planning, wrapping, card-making…  

and 2 days behind on my december daily.  need to do that tonight. 

only 8 days left! 

….he was made of snow, but the children know how he came to life one day…..

sorry, ralphie

sorry, ralphie. 

no Christmas card from me.  yet. 

that’s right. 

i’m behind this year. 

yes, i can admit it. 

other projects and things have piled up and i still haven’t made my Christmas cards yet.  the snow has started….guess we are in for a winter storm, (i’ll believe it when i see it)…but, if we have a ‘snow day’ tomorrow, maybe THEN i will start my cards. 

sounds good. 


cold noses…

cold noses, warm hearts! 

a little card that i made this morning…  (nope, not a Christmas card…still haven’t started…) 

anyways, i guess our rain is expected to turn to ice, sleet & snow later this afternoon. 

hope your monday is warm & cozy! 

my dd {sunday scrappin’}

well, here i am.  i am soooo enjoying the december daily project.  i have mentioned it in a few other posts.  if you want to see all my month so far, check out my flickr

this layout for yesterday, the 13th, is titled “early bird”.  it describes the fact that i am NOT an early bird.  yesterday, however, i was up / out of the house / starbucks in hand and at the church by 10am to set up for a coffee fellowship time the next day.  so, for a saturday, i was QUITE the “early bird”. 

i LOOOVE the owl and using the thicker stickers!!! 

ok.  so, for my sunday scrappin’:

  • my ta-da’s: are obviously, my december daily.  so much fun! 
  • my to-do’s: are STILLLLLLL to make my Christmas cards!!!!!  YIKES!!!!  i haven’t started the cards YET!
for the 14th, my layout describes that within a 7 day period, we have FIVE different Christmas programs to go to!  busy busy!  but that’s ok…. ’tis the season! 

again, i used the thicker stickers and for the journalling, i actually used my typewriter…. quite a vintage find!  i got it at a local flea market for only $5, case and everything!

well, that is all! 

hope you are enjoying what is left of your weekend! 

…..in the meadow we can build a snowman…….walkin’ in a winter wonderland…..(looove Christmas music!)…..

the birth of the King

Luke 2:1-21

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.  

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.   And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.  

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.   And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.  

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”