When your family and friends gather around this Thanksgiving and Christmas, give a gift that is priceless and cannot be bought in any store: time spent with the loneliest person in the room. That’s usually the elderly, but it could be anyone.
Because when the tree has been taken down and the decorations are put away, the shine is off of the presents and you’ve forgotten what you got and what you gave, the gift of your time and attention will still be a warm memory to the recipient.
Some of my favorite booths all decked out for Christmas at Lone Star Antique Mall, Haltom City, Texas.
This small card from Hallmark was sold in a box (rather than individually) and my guess is that it’s from the late 1960s – early 70s.
We needed ornament hooks in December. It was so disappointing when I went to Wal-Mart and all of the ones there were made in… you guessed it: China.
So I thought I’d check out the paper clips and Bingo! Made in the U.S.A.
It just took a little bending and now I have good, strong, American made ornament hooks.
When I packed away the tree decorations this month, I put the hooks in the same can with them.
Next Christmas, I’ll know where they are.
This is a good time to buy Christmas cards for next year. I bought several boxes at Wal-Mart yesterday.
They’ll probably be reduced even further, but I wanted to choose mine while there was still a good selection.
I chose primarily Religious ones, because Christmas without Jesus is rather hollow.
Fantus and Paper Magic Group cards were both made in the U.S.A.
Some of them are a bit plain, so I plan to use Stickles (another made in the U.S. product) or some glitter and glue to gussy them up.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Today I hope to make Christmas cookies and get the house tidied for some of the family to come for our traditional Christmas gathering tomorrow. (I say ‘some of the family’ because we won’t all be here. Sadly, I misread the visitation schedule and we had to return our grandsons to our ex-daughter-in-law on Monday. Never mind that she had them last Christmas and the last 2 Thanksgivings.)
These are taken from the Reminisce Magazine December/January 2007 issue.
Reminisce is a great company which publishes books, magazines and DVDs of personal remembrances of bygone eras. I have several of their books and enjoy them every time I read them.