Friday, December 16, 2011

Quick Takes (17)

- 1-
And the winner is. . . .  everyone!  I asked Himself to give me a number between 1 and 7 since that's how many comments there were, and he said all of them.  So all of them it is.  If the following ladies could send me an e-mail with their choice from the Pretty Things tab, I get them in the mail ASAP. 
The Road Home
Amazing Life
Ask and It Will Be Given
All in His Perfect Timing
Joy Beyond the Cross
Gates Place
Faith makes things possible
Thank you all for your lovely comments! 

- 2 -
Of course I have to include the gratuitous dog picture.  One of the garden centers near us has photos with Santa for several weekends before Christmas each year.  And it's not just for kids, pets and adults are welcome too.  Jack really didn't care for the big guy but Santa was patient and eventually won him over.  This is last year's picture.   I'm not sure we'll make it there this weekend, but I don't think either Jack or Santa has changed all that much.

- 3 -
I 've been feeling a bit behind with our Christmas preparations and decorations so I decided to take the day off from work today.  Himself and I finally ventured out and got our Christmas tree.  We go to a local farm where you can either cut your own or choose one that's already been chopped.  We went with the latter, a Frasier Fir, and it smells so good.  I can't wait to see it with the light on.

- 4 -
I'm not doing any baking this year.  My dad usually makes about a dozen different kinds of cookies, my MIL bring strudel from the local ethnic bakery, and my sister's MIL usually brings goodies from her local NYC bakeries.  Seems like enough to me, no?

- 5 -
Last year at this time we were buried under mountains of snow, or at least it felt that way.  This year it's been unseasonably warm, but we've been getting lots of rain.  A lot of people are bemoaning that fact that it looks like were not going to have a white Christmas.  I'd much rather it this way.  We have family driving in from out of town so this is much safer.  And you don't have to shovel rain!

- 6 -
I just love listening to all the Christmas tunes on the radio and on my iPod at work.  My favorite by far is O Holy Night.  Do you have a favorite?  I wish the radio stations wouldn't stop playing them right after Christmas.  After all, Christmas Day is just the first day of Christmas. 

- 7 -
“The more we are proud that the Bethlehem story is plain enough to be understood by the shepherds, and almost by the sheep, the more do we let ourselves go, in dark and gorgeous imaginative frescoes or pageants about the mystery and majesty of the Three Magian Kings.”
Christendom in Dublin by GKC

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Have a great weekend!


  1. Wow - Thank-you!!! I like Himself ;).

    Love the picture of Jack and Santa...Kali would NEVER go for that...Mei Mei might though...

    Love the quote with #7.

    Oh, and have you tried Pandora for christmas music? Great app or web-based make-your own station music...The Man swears by Bing Crosby Christmas :)

  2. Happy blogiversary! I didn't want to comment on your last post since I already won, but I'm so glad you started blogging a year ago!!

  3. Hi. As for no. 6, "What Child is This" comes to mind.

    And No. 7 is great. :-)

  4. Wow! Thank you so much. You are so kind.. And I feel happy that there's no snow and hopefully no White Christmas!