Sunday, January 18, 2009

Christmas Season 2008

The following is a slide show featuring our 2008 Christmas Season events. I know some of you have already viewed my photos at my Kodak gallery, but this is my way of journaling and sharing what all we were doing this past December. We were blessed from the very beginning with a wonderful "Hanging of the Green" service at church. I took pictures, but none turned out,(still a low light issue with my camera). I posted a video soon after that night of the children singing from that program. I hate my pictures did not turn out, because the ladies did a beautiful job with all of the decorations. We are so blessed at our church!!!

On December 9th we took a group of about 25 to Ft. Worth to see Handel's "Messiah" performed by the Southwestern Seminary's Chorale and Ft. Worth Symphonic Orchestra at Bass Hall. We had a wonderful time as we ate dinner first at Le Madeleine's before the performance. It was a very very cold night, but we had fun and it was so neat to be in the festive downtown atmosphere of Ft. Worth. As you can see from the slide show photos Bass Hall is beautiful inside and out. They would not allow pictures to be taken inside the hall so all I could get were ones of the lobby area and outdoors. I also love the huge Christmas tree in Sundance Square. It definitely "looked a lot like Christmas!"

A week or so later we bought our tree and proceeded to decorate it and the house. I have a great video of Wesley helping Daddy light the tree that I will post later. He liked it so much he just "la la la la la'd" the whole time. He is such a happy fellow! Graham was not happy and so he didn't show up until it was photo time when all was done later that evening. We did have a wonderful family time decorating.

On Christmas Eve morning while I was cooking, Daddy and our 2 little elves went to visit some of our widows and nursing home folks. They delivered cards and homemade goodies. Our big elf stayed home helping Mama get everything ready for Christmas Eve dinner. At 5:00 we went to church for a candle light service and then returned home for dinner and present time. We invited a couple from our church who are like surrogate grandparents to our kids (one couple out of several), Bobby & Shirley Pettijohn, to eat dinner with us. We had a special time with them and are so glad they could share the evening with us! We all were blessed with wonderful presents and a fun time was had by all!!!

Christmas morning was wonderful, too, as Santa Claus had come and delivered lots more presents! Justus was greatly surprised by his new guitar and the boys were showered with lots of fun toys! Graham got a new "big boy" Bible and a new suit. Wesley got some books and clothes, too. They both got a new table and chairs to share and Hotwheels Motorcycle tricycles for each of them were big favorites! We were invited to eat Christmas dinner at the house of one of our very special ladies at church, Mrs. Naomi. She also invited another of our special ladies, Mrs. Mary Helen to join us and we had a great time! The food was wonderful and we had a great time visiting! Graham and Wesley even took Daddy on a bear hunt, but no bears to be found...only some geese and puppy dogs! We ended our day at home very peacefully spending time outside playing and relaxing inside. We are so blessed!

Our December ended with a quiet New Years. Justus went to a party with several of his buddies. The Cude family hosted it and he said it was lots of fun. He was introduced to Dominoes and so now he may have to join our games when Grandaddy and Grandmama visit! Graham and Wesley had a fun time outside with Sparklers and then we came inside for board game fun! Surprisingly they went to bed early! We spent New Year's day watching parades, football and eating Red Beans and Rice with Cornbread.

Although we missed spending time with our family in Alabama, we loved spending the time we did with our very precious church family here in Texas and our own small family time. The Lord has blessed us greatly with wonderful people and with His presence in our lives! May all of you experience Emmanuel -the "With us God"this 2009!


Pray for Harper said...
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The Hall's said...

Sorry that was me that deleted the first comment. Glad you posted your holiday events! I enjoyed reading about it all!

JGWmom said...

Thanks! I had hoped to do all that in December, but as usual in my life I was interrupted (by our computer crash). He He!