Thought it would be fun to share with you all some cards we received last year and photos from the week before Christmas at Our Little Red House. We were super busy trying to get all our last minute projects done. I hope you all are surrounded at this moment by many love ones and happiness. If you are one of the estranged ones or No Contact family members, I am so sorry for the sadness this season brings. My prayer for you is that happiness and kind people come into your lives. Have a beautiful holiday season and lets all hope 2020 is a good year for the world. I will be off for the next two weeks but have some pre-scheduled post in case anyone wants to stop by for a visit during that time. Stay safe, healthy and happy out there in the world from all of us at Our Little Red House.
This year when we were on our way to the festival of lights we stopped off at the tractor supply store to buy some cat food. I call our cats city cows. There was a mom there with her teenage son and they were loading up on food for their horses and animals. The mom looked at the cashier and said “ This Christmas in lieu of gifts, we are feeding our animals.” and that just hit me in the gut. Imagine that, they aren’t standing in long lines during black Friday waiting to get the best deal on items that will be forgotten a year from now, they are feeding their animals. Just like that quote “ The Winter holidays are about faith, community and caring for one another, which was never found in the mall in the first place.” Clark.com
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”.
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
Shopping for Christmas trees. At the last minute I thought it would be nice to have a huge tree this year. Then I checked the prices $200 and up. It was fun walking through the garden though. It smelled wonderful.
At the end of the lot was a huge cage full of peacocks.
I might have gone a little over board on the gingerbread houses this year. Think everyone got one of these this year. I ended up making 20 gingerbread houses.
We had lots of mini trees this year around our home.
Went last minute shopping at the old adobe house in the city garden shop. The entrance always reminds me of that book The secret garden by Frances Burnett.
So much to see in those mom and pop stores this season. All These items are all displayed in that old adobe home.
This one always gets a laugh.
And so does this.
My dad, his twin and step sister working on their own Arizona snowman.
My husband as a little boy feeding deer.
My son helped my husband and I put up Christmas lights this year. He did a whole tree in green.
My daughter’s birthday was this mo. Part of our birthday celebrations is that we pick out a cake we like every year. This is a special treat for us all since we aren’t eating cake all the time. This year my daughter came home with a giant cake with beautiful white roses all over it. She saw my expression and laughed “Mom, I know it looks like a wedding cake but it was the prettiest cake there and this is the cake I wanted this year.” guess what everyone? Our neighbors (many) got cake that night from us and we still had tons left overs.
Working on some gifts from the heart. Goat’s milk soap with dried Jasmine flowers from my garden.
Playing Santa at an old country store. We surprised our friends up there and drove up and delivered gifts to everyone that night. The store had a pretty Christmas tree in it after so many decades of being closed up, it was a nice change. It was toasty and warm with the old stove burning. So much fun hanging out there. It really did feel like a Cowboy Christmas that night. I always think that is the coolest thing, to live in a museum.
There was snow but not a lot. Stepping on snow in my slippers (long story there, maybe I will post about that later). I had so much fun making crunchy noises in the snow. Off in the distance I could hear an owl. It was one of my funniest days this month. So quiet, just that owl and the crunching sound my slippers made in the snow. My husband said next time he is bringing his ice skates. He remembers pond skating as a child and how much he loved that.
We did not have a tree that night when we played Santa up north so I clipped fresh branches off the pine tree by our house and made a tiny tree for our kitchen table. Later we drank hot cocoa and watched a Christmas story.
It was a very short trip up north, just enough time to stop by and say Merry Christmas to everyone and also to get into the spirit a little. Up north with all those pine trees and little pockets of snow and ice from the last storm makes me think of a Christmas village. It was just what we all needed, some Christmas cheer.
So beautiful waking up to a country sunrise. Had to get up early to head back to the city. A winter storm was headed up there and we did not want to get stuck again like we had in the past. No hot water in our place at the moment and let me tell you…well water in the Winter up north hurts it is so cold.Plus we don’t have a generator, just an old cook stove that keeps the whole place toasty and warm when we burn logs in it. We are still working on Our Little Red House.
In the city we have access to lots of pine trimmings to make wreaths with. I always love making wreaths for the holidays.
Remember this little guy? He is still around, held up pretty good after being stored in the attic all year. During the summer months here in Phoenix that attic gets hotter then an oven.
The calm before the storm. It won’t be long before this kitchen is filled with wrapping paper, trays of snacks, a cat or two searching for trouble and the beautiful mess of Christmas morning.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called wonderful counselor, The Mighty God,Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace.
“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress is the easiest type of existence.”
Normon Vincent Peale
That’s it, thanks for stopping by at Our Little Red House for a visit, have a beautiful Christmas day everyone, where ever you may be at this moment.