The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Have You Ever Wondered

The weekend after Thanksgiving seems to be when everything kicks into high gear - Christmas is coming and we better hurry up and do something!!!  Do you feel it?
  • We tend to be in a hurry and buy way too much food.
  • We spend hours picking out cards that we do not have time to address.  Ever wonder why they do not sell cards that say, "Hope your Christmas WAS wonderful and your New Year WILL be great"?  We could address them, add a personal message, and do all this the week between Christmas and New Year's and not have to wait in line to buy the stamps and mail them.
  • Sometimes gift giving seems to be a redundant riddle where we hurry to buy presents when we have no idea what to buy, yet we know others are buying presents for us and we still do not know what to buy them.
Other Ponderings are:
Why do all the Christmas tags say "To and From", which has always seemed impersonal, instead of "For and Love"?

Did someone make a rule that you had to have your house decorated for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving? - and just why do all the lights have to be up so we can turn them on every night a month in advance? 

Where is the rule when the lights have to be taken down?  It is not July, is it?  

Can we give all of our 25 family members the same present this year?

The kids get to draw names every year. Why aren't the grandparents allowed in that drawing?

In reality, the traditions and true meaning of Christmas should be more important than buying or receiving gifts. Christmas Eve for us is a time for candle-light service at church and the singing of Christmas carols.  Our Christmas day brunch has always been country ham, oyster stew, Christmas coffee cake and fried apples and we snack the rest of the day on food that was prepared in advance - turkey or ham sandwiches, dressing, pie, and salads.  No one, especially me,  is stressed with having to cook.  In doing so, we have given ourselves the gift of time to enjoy the company of others who may visit with us.

Update on the Knitting... just in case you were wondering...

I am very pleased with my progress and ability to dicipher the instructions.  I am approaching the "heel flap" with optimism and setting aside some quiet time.

This looks like a lot of fun.

I love this yarn - "Imagination" and it has the colors "built in" so as you knit they become stripes.  That just makes me so happy. 

Thank you Judy L. at Patchwork Times for your responses to all my emails, and for leading us through this new process.  Can't wait to get to the finish and have my socks for Christmas.

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. ~Author Unknown

Blessings along your journey from JudyC


Lindah said...

Judy, those are very good questions that you asked. I like your idea of the Christmas brunch and pre-prepared dishes for folks to snack on later. Great idea. Where were you when my kids were young? :-) We're far away from family now, but I'm thinking we might do the brunch thing this year with my aged FIL and a few friends.
All good wishes for a Blessed Christmas to you and yours!

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

There aren't any rules, only the ones you tie yourself down with. Cut the string, fly free. It's hard the first year, but after that it's your own tradition.

go this year.