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Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Christmas Stream

Well the water is pretty cold here this week so let's just sit by the fire and enjoy a cozy morning.

1. I think I have completed my shopping. But you know how that is! Just as you pat yourself on the back, you think of one more thing that you need to purchase.

2. Last year Marvin surprised me with a new Christmas tree ornament the week before Christmas so this year I surprised him with an ornament from The Varsity in Atlanta. I may post a picture on Friday Five so you can see it.  Marvin ate many meals at the Varsity while a student at GA Tech. It is known more for its atmosphere than the quality of the food. But you cannot go wrong with an FO( Frosty Orange). It is like an Orange creamsicle milkshake. It cuts the grease in the other food.

3.Did anyone catch Christmas at the White House Sunday evening on HGTV? I love seeing all the volunteers working together to adorn the White House. Boy, they are SUPER organized.  I am pleased that Mrs Trump is adding Christmas wreaths to the windows for the first time in many years.

4. I have not been out to see any Christmas movies. I had wanted to see the Nutcracker but the lure of a cozy fire keeps me from venturing out on a cold afternoon. I will get myself out to see Mary Poppins when it is released. My friend, Diane, went to Huntsville to see a one day showing of the movie, Buttons. It stars Dick van Dyke and Angela Lansbury as well as other actors who donated their time. All the proceeds from the movie will go to Autism Outreach and it will help children who are non verbal autistic. As you know, our grandson, Baylor is non verbal autistic so this touches my heart.  It was a limited release and I did not find out in time to get tickets.  I will purchase the DVD.The reviews remind audiences that it has a Christian World View. ( and that is fine with me too!)

5. I think this is the perfect time of year to perform Random Acts of Kindness. Everyone is so busy, many are impatient and feathers are easily ruffled. Let's go the extra mile and be kind. Send a Christmas card to a shut in, hold the door for shoppers, pay it forward in the line at the fast food or Star Bucks drive through.  There are so many small ways that we can show we care!

6. Today as I was doing some baking in the kitchen, I was listening to Handel's Messiah. It is such a blessing all these many years since it was written by Handel. As I sit here tonight, the lyrics are still floating through my head. Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father the Prince of Peace. A good thing to ponder on a December Evening.

9 comments:

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

I so agree on 'paying it forward' at this time of the year. I also agree in staying inside by the fireplace on this cold, rainy days. I try to find old Christmas movies on tv and watch them instead of going out. Hope you have a blessed Thursday.

Sandy said...

I wanted to see the White House special, but I missed it. I will have to see if they show it again. And what a great idea to listen to Handel's Messiah. I think I will do that today as I am puttering around the house.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I wish I had thought to encourage people to do Random Acts of Kindness! It's the perfect time to do those little extra gestures to bring good will! Enjoy your day my friend!

Robin in Virginia said...

Always enjoy following your Stream, Arlene! We do RAKs throughout the year, but tend to increase them during the months of November and December. Thank you for the mention of Buttons; will have to look for it down the road. Enjoy your day!

Carol said...

You sound very prepared and organized for Christmas, Arlene. I think my shopping is done except for my in-laws. What can you possibly give two 90 year olds except the gift of time--and they live in Florida!

Oh, I missed the White House Christmas tour--I hope they rebroadcast...

RAK's are the best. When I do one, I get such a warm feeling inside--I don't want anything in return, just enjoy the satisfaction of surprising someone and making them feel special :)

Mary said...

I enjoy your streams so much Arlene. I saw the White house Christmas last year for the first time. I enjoyed it so much that my friend Chery saved this years for me to watch. I would love a Frosty Orange!

Terri D said...

Isn't Handel's Messiah just beautiful?! What a great way to bake and get lost in the season! I loved your stream and look forward to seeing Marvin's ornament!

Mary Hutchins said...

Powerful words to ponder, it's what Christmas is all about!!

Mari said...

I missed the White House Christmas show and didn't hear about the Buttons show either. What a wonderful cause. I'll have to look for it too.