Behind My Red Door

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Christmas Spirit, Trim the Tree Thursday and more thanks

Happy Thursday friends. It's a chilly and gray and fixin to rain late fall day here in central MA but that won't deter me. Now if it was 85 and humid, that might, but not a little cool air - I am a hearty New Englander, and I know how to dress in layers. In fact, I am getting ready to head out to do some shopping and lunch with my sweet friend Jenn. Jenn and I enjoy stamping and making cards together as well as shopping and sharing a meal. We met through our work with ChemoAngels, and she has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. I just love spending time with her - we always have a great time. Check out her Stamping Site when you get a chance. She makes amazing cards!

I do actually enjoy late fall. Sure, I am a bit sad when the leaves all drop but when the foliage ends, we have Thanksgiving to help us keep a good perspective and then Christmas. As I was saying to my sweet friend Colleen over at And Baby Makes Five, I know a lot of people complain when they see Christmas in the stores already and that it has gotten so commercial, but I love it. Mind you, I am no longer shopping with children in tow, so I do realize that it is easier for me now. But as far it being too commercial - well my feeling is that it is up to each of to remember the true meaning of Christmas, and to teach it to our kiddo's, and to keep it in our heart and home. We always used it as an opportunity to teach our children about giving to others who and we set up the manger to remind them that it is indeed about Christ, and we participated in all the church programs that emphasized both of those things. And if we all do that, so what if everything else gets festive and jolly? I just love to see the greens and red and Santa's displayed. It works for me when the outside is so gray and barren here in New England. And this season, it sure doesn't hurt that we have our very own blessing growing. I can only imagine how it much more excited I will be next year at this time.
During this month of thanks, I am thankful for these two wonderful people, my in laws, shown below with Jay and Jen at Jay's wedding reception in May. They are hard working parents and they raised my DH to be the wonderful man he is. Mom is like me - she adores babies and she is going to be over the moon when she first gets to hold her only grandson's first baby next year. She is one of the BEST bargain shoppers you will ever meet. If anyone can something for less, it is my MIL! Dad still enjoys his golf game several mornings a week, and is responsible for my DH taking up the game as well. We don't get to see them as often as we like because they retired to a beautiful golf community near Myrtle Beach several years ago.
No, I have not begun my Christmas decorating yet but in keeping with that early Christmas Spirit, Brettinsky over at The Hostess with the Mostess is hosting Trim the Tree Thursday. She has invited us to show pictures of any Holiday decor we choose (not just Christmas). I thought I would share a few pictures of my decor from a Christmas or two past. It was fun looking through these older pics from 05, 06 and 07. I got to see how so much has changed Behind My Red Door. I have to say, this house, like me, is not just getting older, it's getting better baby! (Hey that's MY story and I am sticking to it!!) And I know this years decor will be even better yet.

Enjoy the very short tour here and then head on over to The Hostess with the Mostess to sign up and post your Holiday decor or to see who else is playing along. I'll be back on Saturday to announce the winner of my giveaway.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time- hugs, Linda