It’s Christmas Eve and It’s a Wonderful Life

The gifts are wrapped–all nine million of them–and I am finally sitting in my chair taking in my favorite all-time Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Nine million gifts may be an exaggeration, but I know that I wrapped at least twenty or thirty per day since December 1, so what is that, about 400 or 500?  And my fingers aren’t even bleeding!  I will be blogging about the adventures of gift wrapping in days to come, but I wanted to just reflect on the season a bit and wish my readers a merry Christmas and a very happy new year.
Don’t you love the scene in the movie when the gym floor opens during the dance and everyone dives into the pool below?  What a great idea!  I wonder if school gyms have pools under them any more?
Sitting here in my pajamas in front of a fire and enjoying HD TV with my doggies, I just don’t think it gets any better than this.  My grown children are away at family gatherings of the spouse kind, and my husband is working at the zoo–animals don’t take holidays.  They must be fed, watered, and cleaned up after every day of the year, regardless of the calendar.  But I don’t mind being alone.
My home is cozy, the lights are pretty, the fire is warm, and the television picture is clear.  My Lord is in Heaven still in control of His creation and still reminding us of the greatest gift of His own Son who gave His life to save us from our sins.
Thank you, Father, for not giving up on us and for still loving us in spite of our selfishness and greed.  I pray that the hustle and bustle of holiday consumerism does not overshadow the real importance of this season.  Jesus may not have been born on December 25 but at least we have set aside this day to remember His birth and what it means.
I urge you to take the time to reflect on our Saviour and His great gift as you reunite with friends and family this week.
“May your days be merry and bright
and may all your Christmases be white.”

Happy Christmas Eve!

My business owner friend Cindi gave me a parting gift.  Almost too pretty to unwrap!  Her elves (I was one) wrapped and she made the bows.   During the Christmas season people have to bring their gifts in early or get turned away from Festival of Flags & Gift Wrapping!  Her tiny shop filled up fast with orders every morning!
If it seems like I dropped off the face of the earth for a few weeks. . .well, I did–at least the blog world earth!  I took a part-time job wrapping gifts for a friend and her gift wrapping business, and after a seven or eight-hour day lifting, measuring, folding, cutting, taping, and making phone calls. . .well, let’s just say I wasn’t in the blogging mood when I got home in the evening.  But I am a cracker jack gift wrapper now!  : )
My temp job is over now so I am back in the blogging saddle.  I just wanted to wish you and yours a happy Christmas Eve, and a very Merry Christmas with those you love.
Here are a few photos from my home. . .
Ready for the festivities. . .
One of my many Santa mugs watches over the presents. . .
A vintage felt fawn perches on my antique typewriter under the tree. . .
Remember the REASON for the season!
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”   Luke 2:8-14
Blessings. . .