Days of Cheer: Gingerbread Houses and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Making Gingerbread Houses One of my most favorite things about the Christmas season, is decorating gingerbread houses.  I don't have the time to make everything from scratch, so pre-made kits are absolutely wonderful.  Of course, I don't quite have the patience for sticking the house together.  In fact, by the time it's all assembled, I've…Read more Days of Cheer: Gingerbread Houses and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Days of Cheer: John Michael Talbot, and Linus and Lucy

The past two days for me have been long days with work and school and other adult responsibilities.  And though I really wanted to blog, it wasn't at the top of my priorities. Tomorrow starts finals week for me.  I'm so ready for the semester to be over, and the bad thing is, I'm pretty…Read more Days of Cheer: John Michael Talbot, and Linus and Lucy

Days of Cheer: The Nutcracker Suite

Every year growing up, my grandma would take my mom, cousins, and I to a local theater to see a local ballet company perform the Nutcracker.  For about fifteen years, this was a tradition.  I looked forward to this every year; the feel of the velvet seats, the first stirring notes from the orchestra, the…Read more Days of Cheer: The Nutcracker Suite

Days of Cheer: Christmas Carols

I love Christmas songs, particularly those sung in church.  I love carols that remind me of the real reason for the season, songs that are poignant and haunting and beautiful .  Tonight, I want to share some of my favorite carols with you. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO7ySn-Swwc   Silent Night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sme8N2pzRx8   O Holy Night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc-f_yzYp0Q…Read more Days of Cheer: Christmas Carols

Days of Cheer: Christmas Lights and Straight No Chaser

Okay.  I know I'm already a day behind.  But I couldn't write yesterday's post until late in the evening, and by then I didn't have the physical energy or mental stamina to write a post.  And today, well, I didn't feel like doing much of anything, besides napping with my cat. So, with out further ado,…Read more Days of Cheer: Christmas Lights and Straight No Chaser

Days of Cheer: “White Christmas”

One of my most favorite holiday movies of all time is White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.  First off, I just love classic movies like that.  Movies with big show-stopping dance numbers and music by Irving Berlin.  Second, what is Christmas time, if "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" isn't looping through your head? Here…Read more Days of Cheer: “White Christmas”

Days of Cheer: The Tale of the Three Trees

I think this story is so beautiful.  The older I get, the more I love it. A long time ago, three little trees stood on a mountaintop.  They dreamed of what they wanted to be when they grew up.  The first little tree gazed at the night sky, full of stars above him, and said…Read more Days of Cheer: The Tale of the Three Trees

Days of Cheer: “Christmas Time is Here”

I'm so excited for Christmas.  Second only to Fall, this is my favorite time of the year.  I love the comfy, cozy feel of winter evenings.  I love the carols and the smells.  I love baking (and eating) Christmas cookies.  But more than anything, I love the joy that hugs the world this time of year.…Read more Days of Cheer: “Christmas Time is Here”