Saturday, December 20, 2014

The countdown is on…..

Yikes!  Can you believe that by this time next week all the festivities will be over?  Seems incredible that for all the hoopla, it goes by so quickly.  Tomorrow we will be celebrating Christmas with my extended family.  There will be 14 of us here for appetizers, drinks, fun and surprises.  This tradition has been going on for years.  We have Thanksgiving at my sisters and Christmas is at our house with our kids, grandkids, and spouses.  I love being with my sister and everyone!!  Family is so important!  I am down to the wire as far as preparations……Toby needs a grooming and then it's only last minute stuff.  Yeah!!  I wish you all the best of fun times with your celebrations too!!

Just because it's Christmas, the envelopes don't stop.  In fact, I try to find some holiday themed story books to send, if I can.  This year, both my sweeties are engrossed in the "Mr. Putter and Tabby" series and I MUST admit that I love them too!  Cynthia Rylant has been my favorite children's author forever, so I'm happy to supply her work to my honeys for their collections.  If you need some touching, funny, and "clean" books for any 4-8 year olds on your list, I suggest that you check them out!  Here are the envelopes for this week:

I read a few books too this week:

THE BOSTON GIRL                          by                    Anita Diamant
ANGELS IN THE FIRE (true story)     by                    Dann Stadler
FIVE DAYS LEFT (debut)                  by                    Julie Lawson Timmer

All were good (not great), but Angels in the Fire was the best.  The author lives about 20 minutes from me and I saw his picture and book posted by my hairdresser on Facebook, so I had to buy it!  It's an amazing true story of horror and endurance and faith.  Perfect for this time of year!

So, that's it, my friends.  I hope you have a blessed holiday with fun, peace, and good health!  Merry Christmas to all of you!!!


Christine S said...

These are so cute! I especially love the snowman :) Merry Christmas!!

Createology said...

Family is very important and how wonderful to get together and share the Magic of the Holidays. Love your envelopes and the fact that you encourage reading with your young ones. I sincerely do not know how you find time to read. Merry Christmas Blessings with Peace and Joy for all of 2015...

kiwikid said...

Beautiful envelopes once again...I hope you have a wonderful day with all the family, best wishes for the coming year!

Annie said...

Merry Christmas Carol! I hope all your festivities are joyous ones. Your envelopes are all crazy fun! Your sweeties are very lucky to have you encouraging them to read and making it all the more fun with your envelopes.

Rettabug said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas, Carol. LOVE the funny envelopes. You accomplished a great deal in just one short week!!

Talk to you soon,