Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Positively Christmas

by Mauverneen

"God Bless us, every one!"


May we all find the love, comfort, and happiness we desire. Merry Christmas.




Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Positively Festive

by Mauverneen
Being involved in a kitchen remodeling project, I haven't done much else these past several weeks - including getting any shopping done. But the other evening, I took a little time to drive through two Christmas related events, conveniently located just a half mile apart.

The first stop was United Methodist Church in New Lenox to see their Living Nativity. They did this a couple of years ago and I thought it was quite impressive, so I was delighted to see it was back again. The church is located in a historic old campground, a lovely wooded plot of land. Upon entering the grounds, volunteers greeted the visitors, providing them with a CD to play as you drive through. The CD told the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus, explaining each stop along the way. At the end, another set of volunteers collected the CDs and invited everyone inside for cookies and hot chocolate.

I really liked this, but wish they could find some way to better light the stations. Caesar Augustus seated on a throne was the first stop - or station - and the CD explained the call for a census. Following stops included shepherds, centurions, an inn with no room, angels, and of course, the Nativity scene.



Just down the road, the Village of New Lenox lit up the Village Green. And boy, do I mean lit it up. Wow! Is it ever impressive! A million lights decorate the trees, and lighted giant ornaments dot the area. There is also an impressive 40 ft tall Santa. (Santa alone is made up of over 18,000 lights.) Kids can mail their letters to him at an oversized mailbox. This year there is a Christmas market, with several vendors. Nearby parking is plentiful, and many families were walking the Commons, enjoying the beautiful display.

Mom couldn't get out of the car, but she certainly enjoyed the lights, as did my aunt and I. Kind of put us in the Christmas spirit. A perfect time to go home and enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate and dream of all those beautiful lights.

It's not too late to enjoy something festive - go, and positively have fun!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Positively Counting Down

by Mauverneen

Happy Positively Tuesday. It's only three weeks until Christmas! Is it too early to enter panic mode?

There is so much to be done. Writing cards, shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating...I put my Christmas tree up over the weekend so that's done, and I actually have started shopping. Well, not really shopping, but my Christmas 'browsing'. I'm not a shopper. Some people love it. I don't. So when I do hit the stores I always end up finding more for myself than for anyone on my list. Not necessarily a bad thing.

I'm always asked for my Christmas list by my daughters. I have a hard time coming up with one. So much of what I want is outside anyone I know's budget. Antique car? New house? Trip to Alaska? Maybe I should just ask for lottery tickets.

Three weeks. My youngest daughter and I have a date set to bake cookies. It has become a tradition. One I look forward to. It's fun. Especially since we usually sip mimosas while we're at it. We make lots of cookies and then divvy them up to share with family. We have our standbys and occasionally, we try something new. Sometimes the new ends up on the list of what we have to bake, sometimes we shrug our shoulders and say 'Oh well.'

I've been doing more and more online shopping. It's so convenient. And it's easier to find unique gifts. I really like finding something fun to give, but when it comes down to last minute shopping that's too late for on-time delivery, I usually go for sweaters. I've given lots of sweaters.

Three weeks. Maybe it's not too late to find something besides a sweater. Unless of course, anyone asks for one.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Positively Thankful

by Mauverneen

It's Thanksgiving week. Time to buy the turkey and the cranberries and sweet potatoes, bake the pies, stuff ourselves as full as that bird in the oven and spend a few minutes thinking of things we are thankful for. It's Positively Tuesday, maybe it's a good day to spend being thankful. What? Today and Thursday too? Hmmm.

Positively Tuesday is meant to be a day free from griping, complaining, and general negativity. What could be more Positive than being thankful? I'm thankful for my coffee in the morning. I'm thankful for the warm slippers on my feet. I'm thankful for the fact that I have to decide what to have for dinner tonight. Some people don't have a choice. Some people won't have dinner.

I'm as guilty as anybody when it comes to griping and groaning about what I don't have, or what went wrong or whatever I don't like in my life today. But I have a roof over my head, food and water in the house, and clothes to keep me warm. It's a good time to remember that there are those with no roof, no food or water, no warm clothes.  

So on this Positively Tuesday, I am positively grateful. And on Thursday, when we sit around that holiday meal and count our blessings what am I going to be most thankful for? My loving family. No question! Those at the table this year and those who have been at that table on past Thanksgivings. I am positively thankful for each and every one of them.

Have a Positively delightful Thanksgiving!

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