Monday, December 24, 2007

Be Very Blessed

This is the last day of my Better Homes and Gardens healthy Christmas countdown project. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and learned much in savoring this special season.

We are asked to take a few minutes this Christmas Eve to write down the people and things for which we are grateful.

Better Homes and Gardens quotes Richard Olson, a retired Lutheran pastor, “Remembering those who have blessed us is to be renewed and restored in the meaning of life.”

Amongst my huge list of blessings, I am grateful for you. Your comments amuse, delight, commiserate, celebrate, share, and make each day extra special for me—I am truly appreciative of the fact that you share your time and thoughts with me.

Family traditions are blessings, too. Each Christmas Eve we host a family pajama dinner party after which we venture out with mugs of hot cocoa to view the Christmas lights festooning our neighbors’ houses. This is a tradition my parents started when we were wee children. We opened one gift on Christmas Eve and it was always new pajamas from our grandmother in Louisiana.

For the past nine years we’ve made Magic Reindeer Feed for our grandchildren and neighborhood children to sprinkle on their lawns on Christmas Eve. Here’s a source for the recipe and printable labels.

We are blessed with great neighbors. Since many are hosting open houses tonight (and are used to us showing up in our pajamas and robes), this will be a lovely time to deliver our little Christmas treats to them along with the Magic Reindeer Feed as our token of continued friendship.


carol said...

Good morning June and Merry Christmas Eve! I have missed your blog and just spent a few minutes catching up. Have a great Christmas :)

Jan said...

It is a joy to read your blog each day as you share your creative and giving spirit with others. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and we all look forward to what you will be writing about in 2008.
PS. I think that I have recruited a few more people for the bandage brigade. :)

Storybook Woods said...

Oh June, you are sooo much fun. Love the pajama party. We always give the girls new pajamas o Christmas eve and a new book. We might have to start a new tradition. Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas. Love Clarice

meg said...

Peace, Love, & Joy
These are my prayers for you, my friend
Have a warm & blessed Christmas.

Rosa said...

Merry Merry Christmas Junie! I love your tradition. That is the sweetest I have ever heard.