Christmas gifts

Last night, I wrapped all the gifts we have to give so far. (We have a couple more things to pick up and then we are done shopping and ready for the gifting!)

As I wrapped each package, I found myself very carefully choosing which paper to use for which gift. See, I love the different patterns of wrapping paper.

When we would go to Grandma’s house on Christmas, I remember marveling at all the different papers used to wrap gifts that had been carefully chosen for loved ones. Still today, when we gather at my parents house, I can’t wait to see what wrapping paper comes through the door when my brother’s family arrives and is added to what my husband and I have already added to what Mom and Dad have placed under the tree.

Last week, I took Santa photos at a private event. As such, I got to be privy to what people asked for Christmas. Being mostly adults, the request for “world peace” seemed to the automatic answer. (To which Santa would reply, “That’s a beauty pageant answer.”) Once prodded, most followed up with a new car. Ah, adulthood. The requests are fewer, but the price tags bigger.

I forget now what most of the small children wanted for Christmas. One went into how his brother is in the hospital and everything he wanted was for his brother. My heart was full of love for this little boy, and I said a quick silent prayer for his brother. On a night of fun with friends, his mind was elsewhere. I understood. I think we all do, because we’ve all been in his shoes at one time or another. That’s life… but I’m sad he was feeling that way at such a young age already.

I love giving gifts, each one very carefully chosen, based either on want or need. I want the recipient to know how much love was put into choosing the item. I still have some gifts from the past tucked away in my cedar chest, kept to remember the love I felt in it having been chosen to give to me.

As the gifts are piled up under the tree, in their beautiful, colorful and different papers, I know in the end its less about the items and more about the meaning of Christmas, and the love that winds through every gesture, decoration, hug and emotion.

Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
Pretty pencils to write I love you
Willie Nelson

Photo Share :: Dec. 18, 2016

So… about that whole blogging every day this month thing? Yeah, I didn’t foresee the craziness that this last week really held. I can’t even remember everything I did all week, because it was a case of running almost non-stop. But, hey, I actually love being busy, and I enjoyed the whole week. And it did net me some fun photos (granted many with my cell phone instead of my camera)!

First off, we had our “Fiddle Family Christmas” party. And while I didn’t actually click the shutter on this photo, it came from my camera. And I love it too much not to share.

These people have a huge place in my heart, and I treasure our yearly party.

The next day my husband got to participate in Christmas 4 Kids tour bus show. From their website:  Christmas 4 Kids (a division of Christmas For Kids, Inc.) is a 501(c)-3 Non-Profit Organization that was created in 1982, originally called Christmas Caravan. In 1992, we incorporated and changed our name to Christmas For Kids, Inc. For over twenty years, Christmas 4 Kids has given the joy of Christmas to thousands of Middle Tennessee children that might not otherwise experience it. […] everyone loves the Tour Bus Show, which features buses from some of today’s top artists, whose drivers graciously open their doors. For a small donation, fans can see what the artists’ home-away-from-home is really like. 

Meanwhile, I went to see Ice! with friends… a fairly new tradition I look at as a key part of getting into the Christmas spirit. (The next several photos are from that experience.) 

And, okay, a quick selfie with the star of the show…

This week was a crazy one for weather… just last night we went from 70s to 20s, featuring tornado watches and winter weather advisories. Mama Nature was a little crazy, but we also got some amazing sunsets… (don’t worry, I was not driving when these were taken.)

A surprise for my week was getting to work a fun night at Yazoo Brewery: Puppets & Pints! I had no idea what to expect, but I absolutely loved every second.

Here’s a YouTube video of the fun with Meryl & Joyce.

From bartending to photography, it was a great work week. I discovered a photo job that I adore: Santa photos! I had so much fun hearing people’s Christmas wishes, and seeing grown adults turn into kids as soon as they saw Santa.

Bonus, was the beautiful decorations at the event that took my breath away.

I wrapped up my week with an 80th birthday party for a most inspiring woman!

Now it’s the week of Christmas!! I’m so excited for all that is to come. It will be busy, but it will also be beautiful.

I wish everyone a wonderful week and safe travels to all those hitting the roads and airways. Take time to look around and take in the beauty around you and let the spirit of the season bring you joy and peace.

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The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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