Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

We visited the southern Indiana destination of West Baden Springs during the Christmas season several years ago.  It is a historical location and worth a stop and tour, especially in December. 

The Christmas tree in the dome room is beautiful, as is the room itself.   During the early 1900s this room was the largest free standing dome room in the world.  It is breathtaking.

The Christmas tree was positioned in the middle of the room.  As if by chance, but probably planned,  the natural sunlight shone in and landed on the only part of the tree where Angels were positioned.IMG_4599-1 

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Blessings to all!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Decorating cookies & school programs

Are there any two activities that define Christmas more in our memories of times past?  Grandma and I made cut out cookies and decorated, as did Mom and I and my own kids.  Here is our 2013 decorating party.  All three grandkids were there, but Evan hung in there the longest.

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School programs were definitely the highlight of the winter for Dan and I at our one-room Acker school.  We would memorize poems and little ditties.  The whole community would come to watch.  We received a sack of hard candy and an orange afterward.  img118

We attended Adam and Evan’s Tecumseh North Christmas program last Friday.  The orchestra members played  Christmas carols.  Then they showed a little movie about the school and the students.  It was well done.  Finally, Santa came and handed out sacks to each student.  I need to ask the grandkids, but it looked like there was hard candy and a orange in each one.  At 1st grade, Evan was excited.  At 6th grade, Adam had fun with it all.

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I love this time of year!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ice, Snow and Solstice

The first significant snow of the season lived up to it’s forecast.  Unofficially,  I would say we received four to five inches.  It was beautiful this morning, although a little dangerous to walk around because of the sheet of ice underneath.  Our new gravel gave us all the traction we needed—perfect timing getting that done.

I am excited because the days getting longer.  Because of the tilt of the earth and other scientific situations I don’t understand, the days are already longer at night even though sunrise is later in the morning.   Here are the sunrise and sunset times in December/early January.  Actually, the earliest sunset was December 1st and the latest sunrise will be January 1st. 

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The sun finally peeked out late this afternoon.  Around sunset I slipped (literally) out to take a picture. 

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While I had the camera on the tripod, I snapped this picture of our tree—complete with a bear watching over it.  (Christmas gift from Colorado family about 10 years ago)

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I am compiling a “things to do” list for tomorrow.  High on it is to wrap gifts, make peanut brittle, and clean the house.  I already received my Christmas gift from Dan.  I plan on using it tomorrow—will report how it works.

Meanwhile, here is a little cartoon I picked up somewhere that made me smile, and I hope it does you as well.

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