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Saturday, December 1, 2012

the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season

paper white bulb in an ironstone mug

Are you caught up in the hustle and bustle 
of the Christmas season yet?

on the china cabinet

Are you feeling overwhelmed?

greenery and twigs and silver balls in an old enamel pot on the front deck

Have you shopped, wrapped, written cards,
decked the halls?

Christmas tree in the living room

As you can see, I've decked the halls, and shelves,
and tables, and kitchen and even outdoors.

But I haven't baked or done cards or finished shopping 
or started wrapping.

And I am feeling overwhelmed.  

part of my Putz house village on the bookshelf

It's December and there are only so many days left to get
some of these things done.  

Why do I do this every year??

manger scene on the oak commode

When I was at the grocery store the other day I was tired and 
wanted to get my shopping done and get home.

I was in a rush and feeling overwhelmed with all the things
to do.  The food and home decor begging me to buy, buy, buy.

I heard a voice saying "Merry Christmas,  Merry Christmas everyone".  I looked up at a woman and a mentally handicapped
young man walking toward me.  He had a big smile on his face
as he met everyone coming his way and he was wishing each one
"Merry Christmas".

I smiled back and said "Merry Christmas"!

Now there!  

That was the 'spirit' of Christmas reminding me not to rush,
not to worry, not to be overwhelmed.

It was reminding me to relax and enjoy the moments leading up
to the celebration of the birth of our Saviour.
That is what Christmas is all about.

Let's not lose ourselves in the busyness of the season.

Have a blessed season of Christmas.




Tomorrow I'll share a country Christmas Tree lighting.

candles in the window of the old school house


  1. it truly is moment such as that one that make you stop & recall the true spirit of the season. love it!! so sweet & special too. we can get all caught up in the craziness & madness.... but we need to stop & just enjoy. big hugs!! ( :

  2. I envy your sprouting bulb! I haven't done that this year. Yet. I love to see them grow everyday. Looks like you have some beautiful and good things going.

  3. Enjoyed the bike picture on your previous post. Yes, sometimes we see or hear something, such as the young handicapped man, that make us stop and put it all in order again. I hope you can check your list and maybe see one bite at a time so there is time to enjoy! Your photos are wonderful (great one of the flame) and your decorations look lovely!

  4. Amen! I haven't done a thing beyond mailing gifts far away. There isn't even a Christmas wreath on the door, but then tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent and a good day to put one or two things out. After that it all gathers steam and somehow the house is dressed! I will send cards and do a little baking, but because we hold that Christmas starts on the 24th and goes to the 6th I do not worry about baking in that last week or sending cards that will arrive between Christmas and New Year - it's a small thing but it helps me relax.
    I loved your story of the encounter in the grocery store!

  5. That's a lovely story, Pamela. It pays to keep things in perspective.

    If it's any consolation, I haven't done the baking, tree, etc., but it's only December 1st, so there's time. Your tree looks wonderful; maybe I will pick one up this weekend and hope it lasts!


  6. I couldn't have said it better myself...
    Your place is looking very festive, Pamela...
    I have done bits here and there...
    Kinda overwhelmed myself...
    Oh always comes together in the end...
    I think I will just sit and crochet this aft...
    Had a snowfall overnite...looks pretty!!

    Enjoy your weekend...


  7. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house! I loved the story of the mentally handicapped young man wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. It puts things in perspective doesn't it.

  8. My grandson paid me the highest compliment today when he said that today felt like Christmas. Not everything is done, not even close, but it is well begun and I think that I will say that every time I am tempted, and I am tempted, to feel rushed or unsettled. Everything looks "well begun" there!

  9. I don't do a lot of things that I used to do for Christmas so I'm not feeling overwhelmed this year.

  10. Your tree looks nice all decked out Pamela; I miss having a big tree. My decorating is almost done, the cards are written and ready to be posted but I'm only going to make shortbread (to have with my tea) this year. The more I bake, the more to eat and I'm trying to lose weight.

  11. Nicely decorated! Your tree is beautiful!

  12. Pamela
    Such good advice. I, too, am feeling a little anxious.
    I'm going to take a deep breath and remember what
    Christmas is all about, just like you said.
    Your home is looking so lovely Pamela. I like you
    whites and your sweet Putz village.

  13. Hi Pamela! Well, I'm impressed to know all you've gotten done. I'm moving very slowly! What a sweet story and you're so right! Sometimes we get all caught up in the commercialism and get stressed up. I've been guilty of that!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. I've done a little shopping...and a little decking...and a lot of hustling and bustling! But no baking and no wrapping as of yet! It's looking good in your 'halls'!

  15. It has all changed for me this year . . . not sure why. Stress surprisingly flew away . . . Early on in November I decided I enjoyed doing less . . . not rushing. And I started focusing on things I truly wanted to do. I find I am doing less planning and more spontaneous. Our tree is up and lit with no ornaments. I kind of like it that way. Different . . . Tonight we went to a neighborhood party. It was very nice. We were one of the fiirst to leave . . . which is unusual. Instead of going home we took a ride to see the lights and decorations. I like this "no carved in stone" style we are creating . . . Very relaxing . . .

  16. Your decorations look pretty---and I can only 'hope' to not get too busy. Must put the really important things first.


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