Monthly Archives: December 2011

Meaningful Christmas Vacation Activities

We are taking a short break from school work during this Christmas season.  This holiday and Thanksgiving are the ONLY ones we take that coincide with our local public school’s vacations.  After our harrowing experience at the zoo when a large number of government school prisoners children were also there I went back to my calendar and made sure all our vacations were NOT at the same time as our local school districts.

Here are some suggestions for meaningful Christmas Vacation activities.  😀

1) Go through all your Christmas cards and spend time praying for that individual or family

2) Walk or drive to see light displays (you could discuss the meaning of the Christmas star, the wise men who traveled by it, Christ as Light of the World, spiritual meaning of the various colors (white – cleaned from sin, red – sin, green – growth in Christ, etc).  We like to look for Christian symbols in the decorating.  This year we actually saw THREE different displays with crosses as a prominent parts!

3) Write down things & people you are thankful for from the past year on paper stars to hang in the house, then as you are taking down the stars you can pray as a family for that thing/situation or person.

4) sing or play Christmas music in a nursing home or retirement center or go caroling in your neighborhood.  Some of the Christmas carols have some great doctrine in them… some are doctrinally un-sound (baby Jesus did cry, crying as an infant is NOT a sin!)… off my soap box now.  🙂

5) Listen to this sermon audio link  as a family: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=5220621750

6) read all the Christmas story accounts in the bible… don’t forget John 1:1-15!!  Here is a free download from Answers in Genesis – Nativity Booklet available only until Dec 31st!

7) Find a Christmas story read aloud and the younger children can color pages (Little House on the Prairie Christmas section, or others)

8) each person can start writing notes to various people who have had an impact on them over the past year (or more) to be sent out at the first of the year.  Express how much they mean to you, what they did to bless you, how they have impacted your life, etc.  Be specific, use proper grammar, sentence structure and punctuation and your best handwriting!

9) at dinner have each person go around the table telling how each of the other family members have been a blessing to them this past year and try to be specific about something not just generalizations.

10) Make it a day or evening of playing games together

11) do a special jigsaw puzzle together as a family or one set of folks could do the puzzle and another could be playing games and you can rotate depending on your space

12) Take a nature walk to see what animals are about, what plants are out and how the Lord provides for his tiny creatures in the winter.  Gather bits of nature to take home to decorate the trailer and start a Nature Notebook.  Use the Latin names for things in labeling them, draw the bit if nature you brought home, write about the walk and what you saw, etc.  This can then be added to through the year and if you walk in the same general places all year long you can document how it all changes through the seasons.

13) Recite and/or memorize Christmas poems, you could have a poetry reciting evening with Christmas cookies and eggnog!

14) Didn’t get those Christmas cookies baked with your precious children?  Why not do that between the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations??!!  I will be.  I have never made homemade sugar cookies.  I know it is hard to believe, but it is true.  I also want to try decorating them with that icing that gets hard.  I even bought a snowflake ornament to use.  I am so excited about this project!  I also have all the ancient cookie cutters that were my mother’s.  We will use most of them, though Santa will stay in the container as we don’t “do” Santa.  I want the true meaning of Christmas to shine forth.

And of course a poem… you know me and poetry!!

‘Christmas Bells’ poem by Henry Wadsworth

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門| ˚And a Happy New Year!!!! 

                                          ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

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Mae’s Natural Soap Christmas Sale!

Just a quick reminder about Mae’s Natural Soap Christmas special!!

Christmas is a mere 11 days away.

Yup, who would have ever thought it would sneak up so fast?  But there it is, the date on the calendar staring me in the face.

The US Post Office announced the other day that ALL 1st class mail will now take 3 – 4 days delivery.  They have not changed the time frame for Priority Mail, which still takes 2 – 3 days.  So… in order for you to get your soap order in time for Christmas gift giving you need to place your order by this Friday , 16 December 2011.  If you pay with PayPal, there isn’t a payment transit time and I would be able to ship your order the next day!  The same day if I get your order & payment by 1 PM Pacific Time!  🙂

For ordering details please see Mae’s Soaps page under the For Sale tab.  Thank you so much!

Mae’s Handcrafted Natural Soap

Christmas Soap Sale

Buy two (4 oz ) bars of soap for $4.95 each and

Get one (2 oz) bar FREE!!!

(Free soap randomly chosen from stock on hand)

Please share this blog post with your family, friends & on any social media!

~ Christmas Sale Scents ~

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Christmas Spice

Christmas Forest

Frankincense & Myrrh

Fresh Snow

Holly-Berry

NEW soap formula!!

Last day to order & insure Christmas delivery is Dec 16, 2011.

Sale prices good through 12/24/2011.

Soap is to the body as laughter is to the soul. Yiddish Proverb

Merry Christmas from me and “Aunt Mae”!

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

The Most Precious Gift

Daddy-J    In Memorium

December 13, 1935 – December 02, 2011

    For his anger is but for a moment,
        and his favor is for a lifetime.
    Weeping may tarry for the night,
        but joy comes with the morning.
(Psalm 30:5 ESV)

The Lord in His graciousness to me has given me a gift that has left me stunned in its magnitude.

I opened my email this afternoon to find a message from one of mom’s very dear friends, who is also a customer of mine.  Mr & Mrs Q had called to talk to Daddy-J about his need for a personal relationship with Jesus.   Their call was about the same time my letter arrived.  They read scripture to him and…

Daddy-J acknowledged Jesus as his Savior!

Words escape me, but my heart is filled with joy!!

6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

1 Corinthians 3:6 – 7

Praise the Lord!!

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

A Farewell Phone Call

I called Daddy-J yesterday to talk TO him.  He no longer opens his eyes nor does he respond, but mom can tell the difference between when he is in a deep sleep or not.  I heard her call him and tell him it was me on the phone, she then put the phone up to his ear while I talked to him for a few moments.

I told him I love him and thanked him again for all he has done for me and for my family.  I then let him know it was alright that he go and I said good-bye and that I will miss him.  What a hard call… I was emotional all day.  The Patriarch got teary when I told him about it.

Mom said his breathing got shallower while I was talking to him, so she knows he heard me.  I may try to call again today… but there will be a bunch of family around, and I am not sure I can wait until the following day…

Mom said that he is not eating or drinking anything at all anymore.  I am not sure how long that has been going on, but a couple of days at least.  The hospice nurse comes every other day to check his vitals and fill out the ever-present and innumerable paperwork.

She has been working on his funereal plans with his sister’s support.  Mom & 3 of Daddy-J’s sons will be paying for all the funereal expenses.  We more than likely will not be able to attend the funereal as much as we would like to.  Even with the supposed-discount for a bereavement fare… it will be far too costly for our finances.  So I am reconciling myself to reality… without Daddy-J & without the money to attend his funereal.

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R