Merry Christmas friends and family!
I have finally gotten into the Christmas spirit! YAY! This week has been fabulous, it started with a Favorite Things party last Friday which was fabulous. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I kind of forgot to take many pictures, but hopefully I’ll be able to put something together to show you, because we had a blast together. Sunday we went to church learning how to prepare our hearts for Christmas, brunch with our sweet neighbor, then on to finals for my high schooler, braces and basketball tryouts for my 8th grader, putting together neighbor gifts, wrapping family gifts, a little baking, dinner planning, lunches with friends; it’s been a fantastic week! I am SO grateful for the joy and hope that Christmas brings.
However; amongst all of this one of our cars was in the shop for 3 days (with an equally big bill) and my husband needed a car to visit customers, so I was without a car for a couple of days; juggling a dentist appointment, carpooling and battling a sinus infection. I only mention this to let you know that life happens to all of us, sometimes it tries to rob us of our joy. I’ve always loved the saying, “CHOOSE JOY!” It’s a choice for sure, how we respond to others. The joy I saw in the midst of what could have been frustrating moments were amazing. Finding the good amidst the struggles; things like our dear friends loaning us a car so I could get to my appointments, another friend picked up my son from school (several times), oh and we went shopping and went out for lunch, I was able to spend some time with our sweet neighbor who is a widow; and I spent an afternoon with another friend who is battling a memory disorder; sweet moments. Choose Joy!
I hope most of all, regardless of where your Christmas Joy Meter stands, I truly hope you are reminded of the very reason we are celebrating Christmas. Read these lyrics, slowly…let them soak into your soul.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare him room and heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns: let men their songs employ
while fields and floods rocks hills and plains repeat the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows grow nor thorns infest the ground: he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.
Elegant Holiday Ice Cream Sauces
These recipes aren’t very Christmasy per se; but a rich, creamy, decadent sauce to whip up and pour over your favorite ice cream can be the perfect ending to any holiday gathering.
And I’m not just showing you one sauce, but two amazing sauces!
The first is this thick, rich, Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce
and then this amazing, elegant Bourbon Vanilla Caramel Sauce velvety and smooth.
I hope you will give them a try, if not for Christmas, maybe for a special evening with just your family, or invite a neighbor over for dessert, or make up a couple of batches and give to family and friends, or PIN it to come back to later.
This week I’ll leave you with this beautiful prayer from Saint Augustine, it’s my prayer for each of you.
Watch O Lord, with those who wake, or watch,
or weep tonight, and give your angels and saints
charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest your weary ones.
Bless your dying ones.
Sooth your suffering ones.
Merry Christmas dear ones, may your soul feel it’s worth!