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Top Ten Christmas Activities

What are your top ten Christmas activities? I’m listing mine below (in no particular order) and would love to hear from you! Merry Christmas, and God bless us, everyone!

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Decorating the Christmas Tree and our whole house for Christmas.

I so enjoy home décor, period, but I get so much joy in pulling out meaningful ornaments and making my Christmas trees pretty. I had planned to buy another tree for my dining room, but they were so expensive that I decided to wait for the after-Christmas sales. Fortunately, my next-door-neighbors were tossing their tree because the lights weren’t working anymore. They said I could have it, so I drug it across the street and put new lights on it. I used only silver ornaments, while we used the other ornaments on our living room tree. My “silver tree” is so beautiful–one of the prettiest I’ve ever had. It lights up the whole dining room with it’s white lights and silver elegance. (At least I think so!)

Christmas foliage

Hearing my husband read the story of Jesus’s birth in Luke 2:1-20.

The story of Jesus’s birth is so beautiful. The verses are like a balm in their rhythm and the hope they give us in our world. I think people are more generous and kind at this time of year because so much is focused on our Lord, the Light of our complex world.

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Baking Christmas goodies

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Grandmother Lindsey (who lived just across the pasture from us, when I was growing up in rural south Alabama) used to always make the best in sweet Christmas goodies. My favorite were her date balls, fudge, and divinity. When I was supposed to be practicing the piano, I’d go swipe a piece between songs. But I think she knew about it! 😉

Shopping for Christmas gifts for everyone.

Carefully selecting Christmas gifts for everyone is a favorite hobby of mine. I like to get the best gifts at the best prices and be a good steward of my cash.

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Crafting hand-made presents for family and friends. Being crafty in wrapping gifts.

I am in my element, my happy place, my zone when I’m making presents for family, friends, and Princess Buttercup’s teachers. Furthermore, I like adding just a little bit of creativity when wrapping my gifts. I’d better get on it, actually. I’ve got only 2 weeks till show time!

Singing Christmas carols.

We went caroling last year. I did that for the first time when I was in college and loved it! I want to get a brave group to sing in our new (as of June 2016) neighborhood. Any volunteers?

Spending time with family and friends.

Spending time with those I love makes Christmas a special time for bonding and building memories. It’s the time of the year that Lefty takes time off of work, and Princess Buttercup and I love that!

Opening presents.

I’ve gotta be honest…opening presents is just plain fun!

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Silver snowflake, a gift from my friend Kibbers.



Attending all the parties and eating all the good food!

We southerners are known for our food. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the feasting.



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Smiling and saying, “Merry Christmas” to people I meet.

Like I said for my second activity on the list, people are so much friendlier around Christmas time. True, traffic can be a nuisance. And true, we’re southerners, and people from other places say that we’re friendly, anyway. But I think people are kinder around Christmas because so many more are thinking of the Light of the world, Jesus Christ.

Pimentos for Christmas

Pimentos for Christmas Each year around Christmas, I give my husband a picture wish list of what I want from Pimentos. My friend Teresa owns the unique little gift shop, located in Athens, Alabama. Okay, Lefty, here’s my wish list! 🙂 Sold the Farm Ever heard the expression, “He sold the farm?” I think it… Continue Reading

Getting Sweetgum House Gussied up for Christmas!

Hi everyone, I’m getting Sweetgum House gussied up for Christmas!  I went to photograph some local shops for a real estate blog I write for and ended up buying some stuff, myself.  The places that I shop sell unique items, which is definitely what I’m looking for. Check out this sign! I love to shop… Continue Reading

Fall Leaves on Rainbow Mountain

This morning my friend Kibbs and I took a hike to see the fall leaves on Rainbow Mountain. Kibbs is a Christian wife and mom, a writer, and a very close friend.  Not only do I enjoy hiking for exercise, I love to see the beautiful fall leaves all over the ground. What the Fall Leaves… Continue Reading

Is it Fall Yet?

Is it Fall yet? The calendar says yes, and the temperatures are about 70 degrees in north Alabama…that’s about the norm for us! But I didn’t exactly get the fall foliage I was going for when I went to take fall pictures this morning. Everything but a few sweetgums and maples are still green as… Continue Reading

Counting Cows Devotional Thought

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my dad practiced counting cows. Yep, he had about 75 head–that’s cattle farm terminology for 75 cows and calves– that he counted whenever he drove the tractor down the field road, over the railroad tracks, and through the gate. Then he would start counting cows.… Continue Reading

The Sunny Sunflower Field

The other day, I drove past this beautiful field of Sunflowers in a sunny field in the country near Athens, Alabama. Love!!! What southerner doesn’t love sunflowers? I surely do! There was a sign that said something like: You pick–Saturdays mornings! The field was near Isom’s Orchard, one of my favorite roadside farmer’s market that… Continue Reading

Happy Southerners Share their Plants

One of the things that southerners do best is to share plants. I ran into a very generous lady yesterday who gave me a ton of plants to install at Sweetgum House. Here we have purple basil (yummmmmm), variegated Privet, dill, and a type of weeping willow. My friend told me that the Privet is… Continue Reading