Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Present

Supper is simmering on the stove, Bug and I will be making some no bake fudge oatmeal cookies this evening.  So Santa can have a couple with some milk when he comes through.  Bubba and Pete are deer hunting.  Tonight I'll read the Christmas story out loud.  In the morning as soon as the kids awake we'll open presents.  Then the guys will probably go off a hunting again, while us girls prepare our Christmas meal.  We decided on some simple, country favorites this year:  Chicken 'n dumplings, cornbread dressing and ambrosia fruit salad.  Coconut pie, chocolate pie and banana pudding for deserts.  Will be us and whomever happens to drift through for a late Christmas meal. 
 
Yesterday, we went to my sister's house for her more or less traditional Christmas gumbo.  Yummy!  She makes it from scratch.  Had a wonderful little Cajun for a mother-in-law.  Her two grown daughters, spouses and their children were there.  Close as thing to a big family gathering to be had on our side anymore. 
 
Pete's siblings have grown or almost grown children, so since his parents are both gone, they pretty much just have Christmas to their selves with their kids and a sprinkling of grandchildren. 
 
So I suppose you could say we are in the mid-life of Christmas holidays.  No parents to visit, but not yet grandchildren to spoil.  We never had my parents as a married couple, but when Pete's were here and his Cousin Janie, our Christmas days passed in a blur of dashing from house to house, eating until we were stuffed.  Playing dominoes here and there.  Those days are gone.
 
I have been lagging behind in alerts and email.  Just realized today that I had been tagged to play a game by Kara! Seems everyone is saying three things they definitely don't want for Christmas and three things they would like to have for Christmas.  So, here goes...off the top of my head.
 
Three things I DON'T want for Christmas:
  • anything that sits around and collects dust/needs dusting.
  • snow, ice or other frozen liquid on Texas highways.
  • a fruit cake. 

Three things I DO want for Christmas: 

  • Happy, healthy kids.
  • My family, safe and sound together.
  • Warm, boot type houseshoes.        

16 comments:

  1. food sounds good enjoy your day tomorrow and merry christmas!
    <3, emily

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and you family. May God be with you and bless you. I think a lot of people are remembering past Christmases. Hugs, Helen

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  3. Merry Christmas!!! {{{ }}}
    Sugar

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  4. Must be Christmas already at your house.  We've just under 2 hours here til Christmas.  What a blessing to be reliving the gift of Christmas again.  Blessings to you and yours and much love . . . . Penny http://journals.aol.com/firestormkids04/FromHeretoThere
    http://journals.aol.com/firestormkids04/TimeforaLittlePoetry

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  5. Merry Christmas

    Kathy

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  6. Just about the same here....just our little family...son lives in Florida...too far away for a short jaunt....but we talk on the computer and telephone....and we do manage to down turkey and dressing...LOL...and catch a nap....and play games with the grands....and their Pappaw has taught the to play dominios...they love it....LOL....and well we can rest for a few months...until we do it all over again....glad all is well your way...sounds cozy and comfy to me....Happy New Year from KY...Ora

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  7. Merry Christmas Barbara!

    Glad Bubba and Bug are feeling better.  Sorry Pete had to get it too.  Darrell and I both had it the week before we went to the Smokies...thank you Lord for letting us get better before we left!

    I loved your childhood Christmas story!  If I wasn't so stuffed...I'd come to your house for desert!  It sounds sooo good!

    Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

    Hugs!
    Darlene

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  8. dear Barbara
    Great List!
    wink
    hugs,natalie

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  9. Barb-It sounds like a wonderful time, if I wasn't so far away, I think I may have stopped over for some coffee. Merry Christmas my friend.
    Michele
    http://journals.aol.com/glensfork4/these-are-my-thoughts/

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  10. Hope your Christmas was as good as your anticipation of it, Barbara

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  11. The no bake fudge oatmeal cookies would be something I would like to try.    Having a gumbo Christmas meal is a good one also.     I hope that Bubba and Pete bagged a deer.     I have had a head cold that keeps hanging on so I think it is a flu bug.    Thanks for visiting my journal.     Wishing you a peaceful New Year!    mark

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  12. Barbara can I come over for dinner?? I LOVE chicken and dumplings!!!  Thanks for playing along with the little game :)

    Kara

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  13. They shot reindeer on Christmas EVE??!!!  Just teasing.  I'm glad you had love, family, food:)   Merry Christmas.  -- Robin

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  14. I LOVE your "three things" lists, both of them!  I think that's what I would have on my lists, too!
    Lori
    http://journals.aol.com/helmswondermom/DustyPages

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  15. Aw, I really do hope that you had a wondeful Christmas. It was just family here and of course my niece and nephew got spoiled rotten. but christmas is about the children really. and it was nice that my brothers and SILs came around, made it special.

    I hope you have a wonderful new year.

    Shermeen xx
    http://journals.aol.co.uk/shermeen0621/shermsinthemiddle/

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  16. I hope you and yours has a blessed and magnificient 2007. ~Raven

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