“It’s Looking A Lot Like Christmas”

Jim and I have fond memories of and admiration for the many, many special holidays that our parents provided all the years they were healthy. Christmases were joyous whether or not the preceding months had been difficult or pleasant for them. What an enduring gift!

This season we’re enjoying many Christmas traditions:  The festive wreath and evergreen trees – three this year (Yes, three trees!), decorated with old and new ornaments.  Outdoor lights glowing in the night for all; especially our lighted “Peace on Earth” sign. This proclamation a family tradition and prayer.  The many beautiful, rich and inspiring recorded melodies. Christmas services – this year we’ll attend Gail’s paternal grandparent’s church.  Holly.  Mistletoe.  Colorful poinsettias and flowering cyclamens.  The wonderful challenge of finding just the right gifts for our two fine children, terrific son–in-law and beloved grandchildren.  Grandmother’s ceramic Christmas tree (Alright, four trees).  All of us together preparing and serving delicious holiday meals.  Jim’s hot cocoa, and if I’m patient and persevering, my homemade large German Gingerbread House – this I’ll bake and frost featuring delightful Christmas candies and home-baked cookies!

Our blessings are too many to name; good health to be sure, but always beginning with loving family and friends.

Our wish for you is peace in the Christmas spirit; hope and joy in the new year. Hallelujah!