It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

The countdown is on, evidenced by Santa sightings, all things retail, and in my home, nightly excitement over advent calendars. And I say calendars, plural, because we have many. The advent is well observed by my children-in which case I’m praying for their little hearts- that the true message of the season reveals itself more meaningful than the arrival of Santa Claus!

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Deck the halls!

It’s that time of year! The week between thanksgiving and December 1st is the unofficial Christmas decorating week. You see Christmas trees atop SUV’s and each night another house on the block seems to light up! It seems like there should be a name for this flurry of activity, proper recognition of this race to get decorated, the way Europeans observe Boxing Day after Christmas. You may be sitting pretty, reading this post while sipping cocoa in front of a roaring fire, your home all aglow with the splendor of Christmas. Or you may look a little more like me. I’ve got nutcrackers in the “hospital” and pumpkins on the porch.

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Starting the Day Right With Blue and White!

“It’s much too beautiful a day” I can hear my Mimi say. It is a turn of phrase that just becomes her. But when these words depart her lips, they hold more meaning than just the obvious get out and enjoy the day….As in her favorite song, In The Garden, “She goes to the garden alone” each morning-VERY early-and in these early hours, she does the things that make up her personal routine and feed her soul. And then she sets out to make it happen!

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The Yellow Dress

The summer before my mom went off to college, my grandmother helped her sew a twiggy inspired mini dress from a  pattern.  A soft yellow cotton piqué was perfect for late summer, and the scalloped details gave this dress the ladylike charm most appropriate for a first impression.  And as such, Mom recalls choosing that dress to wear for rush when packing her closet for the dorms. I can picture her stepping onto campus, fresh faced and confident. She had heard about rush, what would it hold for her? 

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