Well, it’s a little sad, but I’m taking down the Christmas decorations. The tree will probably come down next weekend…I’m just focusing on all the “extras”. It’s funny. Last year I packed up all of my snowman decorations, thinking I would put those up when I took down the Christmas ones. That’s kinda a lot of work though, to decorate twice for the holidays. And frankly, when I’m done with the decorations, I’m kinda done. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to do that better? My initial reasoning behind it was because I had too many decorations to put out at once. Maybe next year I should just put out a mixture of snowmen and Christmas and keep some put away.
A few days ago I received a wonderful email in my inbox from MountainWings.com . It is a letter written as if from Jesus. There are a few good reminders in it as we continue to celebrate this special season. I hope you enjoy it.
Hi again! Hey, I did a lot of posting about Christmas on Hometown Holidays last year at this time. If you are interested in reading about last year’s Christmas preparations, please check out the Christmas posts in the category drop-down list to the right. Thanks!
Ok, so I’m a few days early, but please let me be the first to wish you Merry Christmas! Perhaps I’m in a festive mood today because we got a lot of that crazy white stuff (something like 7 inches maybe) and I didn’t have to go in to work today. Whoopie! After shoveling and snowblowing our walks and driveway, I wrapped some presents and worked on our mailing labels for our Christmas cards. Ummm, ok, so like they’ll be Christmas/New Year’s cards at this point. Doesn’t that happen to everyone? I was so focused on getting all of our friends and family’s addresses into my Yahoo contacts so that they are in one standard format. And then I didn’t have the correct labels, so the formatting was off. My wonderful husband Tony just went out to get me the proper labels. Perhaps I should give the dreaded label project another go. 🙂
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year to all!
Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. I hope you had a fantastic one! My sister hosted Tony and I, and it was the most relaxing and enjoyable time. We ate, drumroll please: turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, cranberries, rolls, cherry salad, green salad and pumpkin pie! Yummy yummy! Next up, Christmas! I just took down most of our fall decorations and we got the boxes in from the garage. This weekend we’ll put up the tree. Yippee! Enjoy everyone! Please let me know how you’ll decorate for the holidays!
Have you heard about these cool lights? I think the New Year’s Eve countdown ball in Times Square used LED lights in 2007. I guess that the LED holiday lights use less energy. Neat! If you act before January 31, 2008, you can recycle your old lights and receive a 10% off coupon for new LED lights through HolidayLEDs.com. While I don’t know that we’ll be replacing our lights just yet, I would think it would be a great idea for those folks who make huge outdoor lighting displays!
Yesterday, we blessed our house for Epiphany, a few days late. We didn’t have Holy Water, but we said the blessings anyway. And, we used our special chalk that we were given at the Catholic church that we no longer attend. Chalk, you ask? Well, it is for writing over our door these numbers/letters: 20 + C + M + B + 08. As you can guess, the 20 and 08 stand for the current year.
You may wonder (as did I) what the C,M, and B are for. There are two possible (maybe more) explanations of these letters. The first, is that they stand for the names of the three kings that visited Jesus. According to our “The Epiphany Blessing of a Dwelling” brochure that we were working from, “the designation “kings” first occurs in the sixth century. The names Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar have been used since the ninth century.” Now it turns out turns out that the Alexandrian theologian Origen (d. 254) created the idea of the three Magi, maybe because of the three gifts that were presented to the baby Jesus. That’s interesting to me, because I always thought there were three kings. I mean really, that’s what the song says! 🙂 However, I confirmed with my husband Tony, that the Bible mentions the three gifts, but doesn’t give the number of the Magi. In fact, I just checked The Good News Bible, and the wording given there to describe the Magi are that “some men who studied the stars” came to present their gifts. Huh, what do you know! So, if you take the above explanation of what the C,M, and B are, they stand for Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.
However, I kind of like this second explanation. Other interpreters say that “the letters are the initials of the three words Christus, Mansoneum Benedicat, “May Christ bless this dwelling. The blessing of dwellings in January has been customary since the end of the Middle Ages. The Latin word Janua means “door” and the first month is the door to the new year.” I like that explanation!
So, do you bless your houses in January?