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Well, it’s taken awhile, but I finally got a little Christmas spirit!  Not sure why it hasn’t happened until this weekend.  Maybe it’s the warm weather we’re having here in Missouri (going to be 60 degrees on Christmas!) or that we decided not to buy many presents this year.  We’re trying to pay off some stuff and save a little.  Or maybe because I was content just staying home and sewing everyday and trying not to think about going out and getting in the middle of all the Christmas hullabaloo.  But, I had to go out yesterday, the Saturday before Christmas of all days, to get a few things, some gifts for my daughter and son-in-law and stuff to bake Christmas cookies.  I was dreading it, but I got up yesterday morning and headed out. And I’m so glad I did! 

I had 5 stores to go to, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and a local grocery store.  Of course, it was pretty crazy out there, but among the craziness was so much Christmas spirit!  The Salvation bell ringers were at 3 of the stores.  When I went into Sam’s, there was a sweet little family ringing the bell, a dad, mom, and 3 adorable girls. The girls were dancing around and when I came up to put a couple dollars in the bucket, they all wished me a Merry Christmas.  When I came out, an older couple had taken their place.  The woman was ringing the bell and the man was playing Christmas carols on a saxophone. So cool!  I parked pretty far out, so I got to listen to him all the way to my car and he was good!  Then, at the grocery store, a man and 4 teenage girls were ringing the bell and the girls were singing Christmas carols. Each stop helped me get more and more happy about Christmas. 

Every store cashier and greeter said Merry Christmas! Not happy holidays or just saying nothing.  I was really impressed that all the stores allowed their employees to say that.  And I loved saying Merry Christmas back to them.  The line to check out at Kohl’s was halfway across the store!  But, I got in line and actually enjoyed the wait.  The Christmas music was playing, I was people watching, and looking around at the decorations, reminding myself what Christmas is all about. Hard to believe, but I really liked standing in line. lol  It gave me time to relax and be thankful for being able to afford a few gifts for my family. 

We put out a few inside decorations. But, outside is where the real decorating is!  My husband, Paul, is one of those guys who puts lights to music.  We’ve been doing it for 6 years and it gets better every year.  Paul took a few photos of this year’s display.  We still need to figure out how to get a decent video.  I took a few of my Santa collection, our tree, and some other decorations I put up.  Wish some of the pictures were better. Just snapped them without much preparation. But, anyway, here are some pictures of our Christmas home.  I hope you all enjoy them and I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! 

Snoopy ready for the Red Baron ~~

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Some of our indoor decorations – our little Christmas tree with the tree skirt Paul wove.  Isn’t it beautiful! ~~

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A papercutting I did many years ago ~~

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My Santa collection ~~

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