Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Spirit of Christmas......

Hello to each and everyone of you! Oh my have things been busy around here! It simply does not seem like there are enough hours in a day! But one thing for sure, if you have been reading my blog for sometime now, you know just how much I love Christmas!:o) It is the Spirit of Christmas, a time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and a time when we share with others. I so look forward each year to making potpourri, dried apples, handmade cards, ornaments and goodie bags for my nieces and nephews. I have already received calls asking about those bags, it makes me happy that each year my family looks forward to them.:o) My sweet son-in-law loves old fashion ribbon candy and wanted to make sure I did not forget about placing some in his bag!:o) Yes, the big folks get a bag too, and he sure makes it his business to make sure I do not forget about him!:o) That is the spirit of Christmas! I know I have told this story before, but please bear with me.:o) As a little girl, oh how we looked forward to getting our little goodie bags each Christmas. Inside would be an apple, orange, some nuts, candy, and a little loose change. We were so happy, so delighted! I have held the tradition of the goodie bags for many years, but I must say my bags are somewhat fancier than the brown paper ones as children.:o)

As I often tell my family, it is wonderful that many of us are now fortunate enough to own beautiful cars, houses, and all the rest. Though some may be able to purchase whatever their hearts desire, and that is all well and good. But let us not forget... the Spirit of Christmas are found in gifts of the heart wrapped in lots of love...in something as simple as a goodie bag.


More than a day or season,
Christmas is an experience of the heart.
One that prompts us to give
the very best of ourselves
to those around us.

The Spirit of Christmas



Smiles....

Beverly

25 comments:

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Beautiful thoughts, Beverly!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Beautiful post. I know It would make me so happy to receive one of your goodies bags. So i know how much your family appreciates receiving these. Love ...Mary

Amy said...

I needed a "pick-me-up" today and found it here, Beverly. Thanks and have a sweet day.

Carrie said...

I have one of these inspiring books too.

Beverly,
Please go to the following link for an award nomination for your blog.
Carrie
http://oakrisecottage.blogspot.com/2008/12/angel-giveaway-and-two-awards.html

Marcela said...

Hi Beverly
What a sweet post!!!
Hope you have a blessed day!
Marcela

Shell said...

It is true. The simplest gifts are often times the best.

Kimberley said...

Hello, sweet Beverly!

Long time no read :) I have been quite preoccupied with my little man, but have missed checking in to read your lovely thoughts. Hope that you, Hubby, and the family are well.
Kimberley

Renna said...

It sounds like your family is very blessed to be on the receiving end of your heartfelt gift-giving, Beverly.

I remember getting similar goodie bags as a child at Christmas as you, though I don't remember us calling them that. There was always an apple, an orange, some ribbon candy, and a few nuts. We got presents under the tree, but it was always the "goodie" bag my big brother and I went for first. Thank you for resurrecting those fond memories!

YayaOrchid said...

oh, Beverly! What a beautiful post! It brought back memories of how as a child, even the simplest things are a treasure! Oh, that we could preserve that innocence and love forever!

Your family is sure to enjoy your beautiful gifts, especially spending time with you. Have a joyous, wonderful and very Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

Tracy said...

Loving your Christmas story, Beverly...your post is a great lift during these busy days. May the pleasures and treasure of the season delight you and your family, my friend. Wishing you all Happy Holiday! Looking forward to catching up with you when we get back from our Christmas trip. :o) ((HUGS))

Jeanne said...

So very lovely indeed.
Blessings

Deanna said...

Hi my sweet Beverly! What a nice post. I've been busy decorating, cleaning and baking and taking care of the husband and myself as we had come down with nasty allergies and a cold to boot!

When you get a chance, hop on over to my blog and pick up an award.

Hugs,
Deanna :)

P.S. the word verification today is - hearing. Who do you suppose is behind the recently cutsy words?

Lynda ~ Among the Hedgerows said...

The simplest things always bring the greatest joy, don't you think? I loved reading about your goodie bags!
Thank you so much for the card and your sweet wishes, Beverly! I'm so grateful that we had a chance to "meet".

Christmas blessings to you and your beautiful family.

**hugs**
~ Lynda

Nan said...

I so loved reading this, Beverly. Did you have goodie bags in addition to stockings or instead of.

Tea said...

Hi Beverly,
I had to smile when I read you were already getting calls on the goodie bags...isn't it great to know something you do is appreciated. I loved this post..truly the best things in life are simple and from the heart. :)

Gillian L. said...

What a wonderful post the perfect pick me up for a day at home with a cold. You have such lovely pictures at your blog!

Gillian

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Nan!

To answer your question about the goodie bags. We did not have stockings.:o) So I guess you could say the bags were our stockings as we know them today!:o) But it was something about the little brown paper goodie bags that have stayed with me all these years. As I think back, I think it was the anticipation of it all! Ribbon candies, jelly filled candies that looked like small Christmas ornaments, peppermint, nuts, fruit...wonderful! Mom even baked cookies for Santa, and believe you me, I witness the saucer being empty with only a few crumbs left as we kids smiled in delight that Santa had visited our home!! Christmas as a little girl will forever be with me. Mother made Christmas magical!

I am like a little old fashion elf, determined to keep the magic in Christmas! For the kids, and for big kids like me!:O)

Smiles...

Beverly

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I used to enjoy spoiling my neices and nephews but like you say...they can buy anything they want now!
I cannot remember if I thanked you for the card or not! I had just run across your address somewhere around here and I'm hoping I find it again LOL!

Wild Rose said...

Hi Beverly,

Are we permitted to know what you put in these wonderful goodie bags that you share with your family?

Marie x

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Marie!

In keeping with the tradition I add most of the same goodies Mom added. Now this year I am especially excited! My little niece Shalena is making candy apples! Oh my goodness she makes the most lovely candy apples and packages them so beautifully with ribbons tags and the works!:o) I have ordered a dozen and a half from her and a few lucky goodie bags will have one! Thanks so much for asking Marie!:o)

By the way, I will try my best to get some photos of her yummy apples! She is really giving that big famous candy apple company a run for their money!:o)

Smiles...

Betty Jo said...

I love the idea of your Goodie Bags and think I will try that this year for my granddaughters. Their mommy and daddy will be doing the stockings, so Gran will do a Goodie Bag. Thanks for the idea. xoxo

Margaret Cloud said...

You are right we do sometimes forget what Christmas is all about and sometimes things happen to make us remember it is the birthday of Jesus. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Oh what a surprise I got in the mail!!! Thanks so much for thinking of us. I love the card....Merry CHRISTmas...m.

Deanna said...

What a darling post Beverly. I'm sure that those gift bags are very much treasured by your family. And what a sweet memory that bag is for you now.

Many but many blessings to you and yours.

Love,
Deanna :)

KJ said...

The Spirit of Christmas is definitely permeating this beautiful haven! I love the pictures you have chosen, your description of all your goings on, and you have my mouth watering over candied apples!!!

I am almost completely unpacked. I have decorated my home for Christmas. Tomorrow evening I am going over to the home of my Nigerian friends to help decorate their tree. They are the people who recently lost their 22 month old son. Pray for them. This is a rough time for them!

I am having a Giveaway. Please stop by!

KJ