Saturday, December 23, 2006

Are you ready?

Christmas. Just two days away. Are you ready?!
I am! It was decided this would be a "no gifts" Christmas. (In truth, there are a couple of secret little gifts hidden away.) I am so relaxed I can't even believe it. The house is decorated. We play Christmas music throughout the day. I've baked some of my annual Magic Bars. This is the easiest recipe in the world for some decadent bar cookies. You must try them! Today, we made up some batches of pretzels dipped in white chocolate, another ridiculously easy thing to do and everybody loves them. Of course, tamales were made a few weeks ago. Miraculously, we still have some left, because I froze several dozen. I've been out shopping with daughter a couple of times and I am sort of marveling over my free and easy attitude. I don't feel the least bit of stress and I am loving it. There's been a twinge or two wishing we had the money to do the Christmas's we've done in the past, but it passes quickly. This Christmas, my biggest gift has been having our younger daughter home from college on break. Oh, how I've missed her! Our other daughter has been ill with a terrible cold. Hopefully, next week she'll be up for some "hanging out" but this week she's been down for the count. She seems a little better today. The next few days we'll be on the go, going to church, visiting family near and far, and eating a lot.

Best of all, our hearts are prepared, as we approach the day set aside to honor the Christ child, Savior, Redeemer, King. Gloria in excélsis Deo!


Leah said...

No gifts--that's a great idea! I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

Our family are not here and
we generally don't exchange gifts except I have a few gifts need
to be wrapped for my 3 years old son. Merry christmas and happy new year to you and your family.
Enjoy your time with your daughters.

Joanie said...

Merry Christmas!
Enjoy your family!

Sue said...

Hope your Christmas was merry and joyous.

I know what you mean about the young 'uns coming home. I truly miss having both my kids around here.

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