There Is a First Time for Everything

Here it is, the Tuesday before America’s Thanksgiving Day holiday.  Guess what I did yesterday?  It is something I have NEVER done in my entire life!  I decorated for Christmas.  Yes I did.  I put away the fall decorations and hauled out my Christmas ones.  I have no idea what got into me since I was so cranky yesterday.  But guess what?  The crankies went away.  The cup of coffee and the decorating took it away.  So now I am ready for “The Holidays”.

Today I make Peking Duck and tomorrow is PIE DAY!  I will be making pies for our family and my friend’s family.  My little Lucy is coming over and she will help me finish decorating the Christmas tree.  What can I say?  I’m still amazed I did this.  It goes against all of my wanting to put each holiday in its rightful time slot.  I don’t like that America has made Halloween a Holiday and begin Christmas season right after it .  Where did Thanksgiving go?  I love Thanksgiving.  It’s always been so special and homey and a great way to kick off the Christmas season.  Halloween?  Really people?  I think Halloween is festive and always was fun as a kid but never a holiday.  Let’s bring back the Thanksgiving and slow the holiday rush down a little.

When I was a kid we didn’t decorate until just about Christmas Eve!  Now that I’ve totally contradicted myself about decorating early…….  So many people, every year, talk about Holiday Stress – then why do you do it?  Why do you jump into the pressure that surrounds us and join the masses of stress-filled holidays?  It’s your choice.  We stopped buying gifts except for the grand children.  Less stress, less money spent.  More relaxation and enjoyment.  Find a way this season to enjoy it.  Giving should be cheerful.  Even the bible talks about that and I don’t think it is only about your offerings to the church:

 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Cheerful Giver

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart,not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

God loves it, why shouldn’t we.  Cheerful givers are a lot happier than obligated ones.

I dare you to change your traditional stressful holidays into joyful, relaxed holidays.  Go on.  You can do it.


wingedprisms (cate b)

It’s That Time Again


Today is Halloween in my part of the world.  It happens every year on the 31st of October.  I have mixed feelings on this day.  Some even call it a holiday now although I’ve always had to work at regular wages and we never got that day off.  But that’s OK, we all have things we love and that makes us – us.

The only things I don’t like about Halloween is that there has become an increase of blood and death and terror.  We had a house on the main road that set up a life- sized pentagram in their yard with a life sized human body on it…….scared the kids on the school bus each day as it passed by.  And when a co-worker of mine stopped by this house after his shift one year (they were relatives) he passed out and died in the front yard.  I’m not saying there was a connection – he did have a type of aneurism but one’s mind could wander and wonder.  They didn’t set it up the next year.

And now, since I’ve lived in the mid-west, I have managed to live on streets where absolutely no trick or treat -ers come by.  Where are they?  So I stopped buying candy a few years ago – I eat it all if no one comes.  It is kind of sad.

But I will watch some sifi show tonight or read a good book and crave Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  The rest of you – stay safe and have some pure innocent fun!

Here is a song that tends to creep me out!


cate b

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