Or, so it has been with me, dear readers and friends. You may have stopped by my place here to see what I've been up to this Christmas and found I had not progressed much beyond Thanksgiving - as that was my last post.
Then again . . . you may have not given The Writer's Reverie a thought.
Either way - not much to miss here on your part - but far too much to miss on my part. I have felt the void of blog reading and writing this month - and there was so much I could have shared with you - and been inspired by you - regarding your Christmas festivities, decor, DIY, and devotions!
So, here in a nutshell, is a quickie tour of my December - beginning with Black Friday in November when I traditionally recast my home decor for Christmas in every crevice and corner.
I was excited to finally display the vintage 1940's cardboard village I found thrifting last winter in its original box - and thrilled when I found just the right spot for it on top of the writing hutch in the foreground of my vintage Burma Shave sign that had been in my grandmother's basement since the 1950's!
The colors of the houses were the same as the colors in the sign! They were meant to be . . .
And - on the shelves below - some tea . . .
More thrifting finds this past year for a couple dollars here or there. Matched with some books and my dulcimer (permanently displayed in the center shelf) the writing hutch was overflowing with festive!
Speaking of tea - my tea cabinet welcomed a new friend to the fray on display . . .
Plum Pudding from Department 56 - actually, it's an oil lamp!
Found it at the Salvation Army for four dollars. Really?? It looks great with my Lennox teapot, cup and saucer - also second hand goodies found for under five dollars. Thank you, Jesus!
Speaking of . . . my dining room mantle celebrates Jesus - the Nativity - the Reason for the Season! Plus, two mottoes I have to keep before me constantly - especially after the past couple of roller coaster years . . .
To be sure, God HAS brought me through - and then some! I've had so many praise reports in answered prayer knowing the Lord as my Provider, and many life lessons learned regarding the daily temptations to wrestle with Worry!!
Jesus comes - not once a year at Christmas - but every moment of every day if we allow Him to do so. No greater gift . . .
The first two weeks of December I was off the grid finishing up my first semester of homeschool tutoring classes I teach via my new work this year as Constellation Academy Home School Resources Network. This included our Starshine Gala Night Exhibit with student projects on display, student certificates onstage, and our grand finale pilgrim play about Plimoth Plantation in 1621.
A wild and crazy time was had by all - and no mistake about that! After these four months of trial and error - mostly error - I am hopeful that our second semester activities will be less draining on all fronts. You can read more about my new semester classes at Constellation Academy's blog HERE.
With school done, it was already mid-December before I could turn my attention to my own homefront Christmas preparations - of which I was woefully behind. This included shopping, wrapping, baking . . .
And, making definite holiday-entertaining dinner plans - which I just haven't made the time for in the past. So, teatime treats for a dear friend . . .
Wait a minute - I said "couples" - NOT "kitties"!!
We attended one Christmas party where Ed came away with a real prize in a Kris Kringle gift exchange . . .
He was immediately transported to his childhood when he used to play Rock'em-Sock'em Robots with his dad. Ah! Nostalgia . . .
I keep some of my own childhood Christmas treasures of vintage proportion displayed under the tree each year, too - for nostalgia's sake.
And, having time off I forced myself to just simply sit and READ FOR PLEASURE!
Gah! What a difficult thing that is when I keep thinking how I need to write blogs or research for next semester! But, I admit it - I'm pooped!
Instead of computer time, I have been enjoying my own little corner and my own little chair and a special Christmas gift my hubby gave to me for just such an occasion, Miss Mustard Seed's DIY and decorating book just out, Inspired You by Marian Parsons!
It's like curling up with her blog in my recliner - only I can't pin anything to Pinterest, or comment! So, today, after having my final home entertaining teatime yesterday afternoon with visitors . . .
I am sneaking onto the computer for largely the first time in a month to post this little bit to all and sundry so you know I have NOT fallen off the planet and am joyfully closing out one year in faith-filled anticipation for the next . . . bubbling over with so many stories I want to share with you all - oh! The half has not been told!
Yes - you will be hearing about this little antique volume and what may come of it in the new year - with much more, I hope!
Joy to you all this post Christmas-tide -
and a hopeful New Year, too!
Sharing 'Tis the Season this week with Kathy's Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life.