Saturday, December 10, 2011

Around the Table

Papa and Malachi and I have been enjoying evening time sitting around the kitchen table by candle, Christmas tree and computer light. Malachi and Papa on Papa's laptop counting and singing in Spanish. I have been perusing many links and sites on my lap top.

I will share a some of my finds.

I like Fleet Foxes. Found this cool video. They really get going close to the 4 minute mark. Enjoy.

"You don't HAVE to take the stairs, you GET to take the stairs. Exercise is not a punishment, it's a gift. Plus it's profitable!"



Thursday, December 8, 2011

Morning Window

I noticed the shadow of the smoke rising from our chimney on the side of our neighbor's home.

Then I noticed this woodpecker

I enjoyed this fleeting,less than two minutes, show just outside our kitchen window.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I like Saint Nicholas

 Family traditions. Jesus. Festivities.  Lights.  A child's excitement.  The Christmas tree. I like all of these ALOT. 

Comparing Santa Claus and St. Nicholas
Everybody loves Santa Claus. He embodies holiday cheer, happiness, fun, and gifts—warm happy aspects of the Christmas season. How do Santa Claus and St. Nicholas differ?

Santa Claus belongs to childhood;
St. Nicholas models for all of life.

Santa Claus, as we know him, developed to boost Christmas sales—the commercial Christmas message;
St. Nicholas told the story of Christ and peace, goodwill toward all—the hope-filled Christmas message.

Santa Claus encourages consumption;
St. Nicholas encourages compassion.

Santa Claus appears each year to be seen and heard for a short time;
St. Nicholas is part of the communion of saints, surrounding us always with prayer and example.

Santa Claus flies through the air—from the North Pole;
St. Nicholas walked the earth—caring for those in need.

Santa Claus, for some, replaces the Babe of Bethlehem;
St. Nicholas, for all, points to the Babe of Bethlehem.

Santa Claus isn't bad;
St. Nicholas is just better.

J. Rosenthal & C. Myers taken from this LINK

A little history lesson

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Tree

We all were going to get the Christmas tree this afternoon. It is raining. Papa went to get the tree. Oma and Malachi had a Christmas party with cocoa, cookies and a Christmas movie while we waited for the tree. The Christmas hat was a must for the party.

Cocoa and a silly straw

THE TREE!!! Malachi was a terrific helper


Yes....I think this is a great tree

This is a BIG wonderful tree


Oh Christmas!!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sights from the Weekend

Dinner at The Pit with my Mom and Dad

 A sight along an after dinner drive

Christmas time