On the Ninth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me nine ladies dancing, eight maid a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five gold rings, four calling bird, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

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On this ninth day of Christmas, I’m crazy busy at work. My day job that is. It’s the first business day of the year, so in addition to our normal reporting, I have month end for December and some prepping for year end requests, so while I work my afternoon away I’m enjoying an old favorite: The Beach Boys Christmas Album from 1964.

Tonight, I’m going to curl up on the couch with my husband, my dogs, and finish reading Eat, Pray, Love. I love the holidays! Even when they’re working holidays.  😉

Are you still celebrating?
Merry Christmas!

On the Eighth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On this eighth day of Christmas, we’re enjoying a quiet family day in gratitude for how much we have. Not everyone gets to spend his/her life surrounded by love. All of us have ups and downs in our lives, but being surrounded by people you love makes it all worth it.

My wish for the new year is to be the kind of person who spreads hope, love, and joy where ever I go.

What are your hopes for the new year?

Merry Christmas!

On the Fourth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me four calling bird, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

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As I start work on this fourth day of Christmas, I’m listening to my all-time favorite Christmas CD: John Berry’s O Holy Night. It’s contains some of my favorite songs, and I love John Berry’s voice.

My husband and I had conversation last night about how we could better honor the Christmas season. We decided to exchange one small gift each day next year. We set a limit of $10 per gift with handmade gifts being the preference. I’m actually really excited about finding or making him gifts throughout the year.

Today, I’m wondering what things I can bring from Christmas season into Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. I deeply desire a life where the peace and grace of Christmas are carried through the year.

What is your Christmas wish?
Merry Christmas!

On the Third Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

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On this third day of Christmas, it’s (relatively) warm and rainy here in Tennessee. I’ll spend the day in my home office with my wax warmer on to cover the scent of wet dog. 😉 I’ll be enjoying Michael W. Smith’s Strings of Christmas while I work.

After work, we’ll spend a quiet evening eating leftovers and enjoying Live Free or Die Hard. I’ll also be starting part two of Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’ve never seen the movie (an probably never will), but I’m enjoying the book immensely. For us, snuggles and quiet time on the couch are a great way to be present and enjoy the holiday.

How are you working to be present?
Merry Christmas!