Time to take down the Christmas decor button and put up the frosty winter button because this past week around here was frosty! A very chilly Christmas, indeed. But there is blessings abounding this week to warm the soul. Join me in our last FFF of 2012. I can't believe I just typed that. If you are new please see the guidelines here first and then just join right on in.
There were so many blessings, big and small, this past week that it's almost overwhelming to pick just a handful. Because of Christmas some were, of course, material, but much more than those ones were the non-material blessings that surrounded us this week.
1. The blessings of celebrating the birth of Christ. All month long services at church have been focused on the meaning and reason why we celebrate Christmas helping us to keep our focus on why there is even a Christmas to celebrate. And that is welcoming Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us, being born and coming to earth to redeem mankind. With all the hullabaloo that today's Christmas has become it's nice to take a breath and remember what it's really all about.
2. The blessing of celebrating our Younger Daughter's 18th birthday. 18 years ago on Christmas day at 12:07 noon she made her grand entrance. How fast this 18 years have gone! I no longer have children who aren't adults. What a blessing this child has been. Sensitive, generous, a quirky sense of humor with the singing voice of an angel God surely blessed us with her. It will be interesting to see what the next few years brings as she figures out where she's headed in the next phase of her life.
3. The blessing of being surrounded by family. While we missed my son terribly, who is away working, we still had plenty of family joining us in celebration. I am so grateful, and think of those who aren't able to have family with them for whatever reason.
4. The blessing of friends both in those popping by to visit and those who said hello with cards sent in the mail. I love everyone of them and it brought such joy to see your cards and well wishes.
5. The blessing of good food. Our traditional Christmas dinner is turkey. One of my favorite meals ever. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, whipped potatoes. What's not to love? As per Younger Daughter's request roasted asparagus and maple spice yams were the sides. I was able to score a groupon coupon for half off a marble slab cake and maple pecan with skor bits and maple glaze was her choice. Delicious, I must say. I also made this raspberry trifle because I knew she loved raspberries and I needed a nut free dessert. And she was thrilled with it. Thanks Kathie for that recipe! It's going to be a keeper in our family!
There is so much more: time to rest, relax and read (my 3 favorite "R's"), sleeping in, lots of laughter, wonderful gifts shared. Just to name a few. What were your blessings from Christmas week? What would you like to include in your last FFF of 2012?