To me, the winter holiday season begins on November 1 and doesn’t subside until a day or two after New Year’s Day.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day have always been about being with family and friends in the great spirit of God’s love for us all.
It’s the little things and the unexpected things that make this time of year so special.
Spending time with loved ones. Observing them. Finding out what’s new with them. Laughing with each other. Laughing at each other. Bearing gifts. Sharing food, thoughts and things. Having time off from work to just chill. Playing in the snow (if there is any to play in). Enjoying singing or just listening to music and watching favorite movies. Cooking and eating together.
APPLE BUTTER MEMORY
My neighbors, Shawn and Jocelyn, gave me a bushel of apples from the two apple trees in their back yard.
My son, Tim, is a foodie and also loves to cook.
He makes the best ever apple butter.
The birds and the bugs had gotten to part of the apples, but even after cutting out the bad parts….
……we still were able to yield six or seven large mason jars of apple butter, which we shared with the neighbors and family members.
That single event ignited the Holiday spirit within me! 😄
It also reminded me of an experience I had when I was a six or seven-year old kid.Continue Reading…