Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve....


Alrighty! Christmas is here again, and I am last minute shopping as usual --- what fun!!! I love it!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


From Good Old Days magazine:

The Night Before Christmas has been a favorite of children in the 19th, 20th and now the 21st centuries, providing "visions of sugar-plums" dancing through the heads of youngsters of all ages. It certainly remains the standard bearer for yuletide verse. Here are the words to Moore's classic poem:

'Twas The Night Before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap;
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Friday, December 12, 2008

Choo, choo.....



Tomorrow is our "red hat" train ride from Cedar Park to Burnet ....What fun it will be...over 200 ladies riding on this train. Super-fabulous!

Update: It was so much fun! If you ever get a chance to go on this train ride, do so! And take the kids!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's getting closer....

and, as usual, I will wait until the last minute. Isn't that part of the fun?!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Walking a rainbow trail....


"Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail." -- Navajo song

Monday, December 01, 2008

A better place ....


Come along inside... We'll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.
—Kenneth Grahame, Wind in the Willows

I'm glad the Thanksgiving holiday is over....now we can buckle down and get ready for the big one -- CHRISTMAS!!

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