In the giving spirit of Christmas the Gift of Saving Grace shared this incredible rendition of Carol of the Bells by the Acapella group the Pentatonix. I have chosen to reblog this to you on this 6th of December. Merry Christmas!
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Our neighborhood organizes a Halloween Hayride for all of the kids…If you want to join the festivities you wait at the end of your driveway for the tractors and trailers to come by…60 kids in less than 5 minutes. No random people ringing the doorbell wearing creepy masks scaring the crap out of the dogs. I mean really who in their right mind would open the door up for Jason, Freddy or Hannibal?!
For 60 kids…
Fun and Done!!!
How cute are these little guys…Pumpkin Snowmen Welcome You to our Home this Christmas!!!
Back in early October I ventured into Houston to the open air produce market to purchase my heirloom pumpkins as well as my seemingly ordinary pumpkins. I really love mixing the different types and shapes of pumpkins to create an interesting look for Fall. They really welcome the season the changing season without having to go all out. However, I like the pumpkins so much I always have a difficult time disposing of them when its time to put the Christmas decorations up. This year I stumbled on a crafty blogger who had a stellar idea on extending the life of her pumpkins.
Coco Chanel once stated that “Imitation is the highest form of flattery” so I hope Stephanie over at Under the Table and Dreaming will be flattered should she happen to see that I borrowed her wonderful idea.
- 2011 Christmas Home Tour…Welcome to our Home (nolagirlatheart.wordpress.com)
It is a tradition in our home that the Christmas Tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving. It sometimes takes several days to get all of the ornaments on the tree but at least the tree is up and the lights are on by Friday. It is official…kicking off the Christmas Season begins with Trimming the Tree!
We have an artificial tree that my husband loves. Every year my husband will say, “I love that tree!” and I will say “Tell me why you love that tree”. He proceeds to divide the original cost of the tree by the number of years we have had it and he then announces….That tree only costs us $20 this year. Now I don’t know where you can get an eight foot noble fir-tree for $20 but acdording to my husband we have one. I love it because once it is decorated it looks beautiful and no one knows the difference.
The guys haul the original tree box out of the attic and the process begins. First we sort the branches by size. Then row by row we fluff the branches and attach them to the tree one layer at a time. When a row of branches are in place the lights are added, one row at a time. This way I can make sure every branch gets its fair share of the lights.
Next we begin checking the lights to make sure they are in working order. However, almost every year without fail there will be at least 2 strings of lights with only 1/2 of the lights working. This usually causes the tree trimming to come to a screeching halt until additional strings of lights are purchased.
This year was no exception. There were two strings of lights that were beyond repair. So off to the big box store I went…first attempt resulted in the wrong size and color of lights. So the next day back to the big box store to find the right lights…I was looking for mini teardrop shaped lights in warm white. Hobby Lobby…no luck! Wal-Mart…again no luck! Target…after much digging and searching for a plug to check the color of the lights when lit, Ding..ding..ding…we have a winner! Thank you Target!!! Now we can kick off the Christmas Season by trimming the tree!
What’s all the hype with Black Friday? Here are my 5 reasons I will not be shopping on Black Friday.
Reason #5 Why I will not shop on Black Friday – The “best deals” are very limited and only a few people will score that 52″ television for $10 anyway. Remember in the long run you will get what you pay for…
Reason #4 Why I will not shop on Black Friday – Most of the “Black Friday Deals” will last for several days and even weeks. It is a proven fact that the high ticket items will be cheaper if you wait until after cyber Monday. The experts report that some items will be as much as 13% cheaper between Cyber Monday and December 13th. Show some restraint people…
Reason #3 Why I will not shop on Black Friday – I do not want to be crushed to death while buying Grandma a new coffee pot for $3. I would much rather die doing something I love and shopping isn’t on my list of top 10 things to do.
Reason #2 Why I will not shop on Black Friday – People are crazy!!! How many nice people have you met when shopping? In general people are not very nice when they are shopping…they are only thinking of themselves and typically are discourteous and even down right mean. No thanks!!! I will stay home and put up my Christmas Tree.
Reason #1 Why I will not shop on Black Friday– I am vowing to make as many of my Christmas purchases from locally owned small businesses as well as buy things that are Made in America. I would like for my hard-earned money to stay in my community.
Now I know I am probably the minority when it comes to my opinion about Black Friday. For those of you who have the shopping bug I suggest you wear your steel toed shoes and pack an extra measure of patience, a bottle of water and a granola bar for the days activities.
Did you shop on Black Friday? Was it worth it? Will you ever do it again?
- Occupy Black Friday aims to get customers to skip traditional shopping fest (100gf.wordpress.com)
- Homemade Black Friday (thehappyhousewife.com)
- Why It Might Pay to Skip Black Friday (newser.com)