Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas arrives...


Christmas for me arrives when I have finished plating 140 dozen cookies and figured out who is going to usher and made sure the coffee is made and all the extra chairs are in place for overflow seating.


Yes. 

You guessed it.
It's the annual church Christmas Concert and I'm the hospitality & cookies lady.


Isn't this the essence of the best kind of Christmas celebration?


Oh, I love these people!

It's Linda and Jackie, Dal and Barb and all the others in the choir, the orchestra,
the drama, the children's choir...


It's the old ones tottering in to watch, the little ones in their robes made of old bedsheets...


Is there anything sweeter than the angels and the children who play Mary and Joseph and the shepherds?


The shepherd's crooks lean against the wall while the children are in the bathroom before they go on stage.


And then singing in Swedish, a tradition we love to repeat year after year after year. 
I wouldn't miss it for anything. Mr. Wonderful says my face glows... 

it's so wonderful to enjoy my Scandinavian heritage with the very young and the very old and everyone in between.


And afterward, the cookies we've worked so hard on disappear at an impossible speed.


This is Christmas for me. 
Not store bought. This is the real deal and I wouldn't change it for anything.


My Christmas wish for you is joy and satisfaction in the simple pleasures and deep truths.

Merry Christmas, friends.
Merry Christmas!

3 comments:

Sharyn Sowell said...

Les said...
I can 't keep up with you! I love that you are the cookie lady!!!
merry Christmas!!

Love
Les

Sharyn Sowell said...

Vickie said...

Thank you for the many wonderful photos that you have posted,
for sharing your life with us, and the beautiful part of this country that you call home.
Merry Christmas!

Vickie

Jeri Landers said...

It is wonderful Sharon. I wish I could have been there to experience the music, the joy, the spirit of it all! God Bless you my friend, I wish you a joyful Christmas and Brilliant New Year.