Certainties of Christmas

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A few certainties I’ve learned about Christmas over the years.  Maybe, you’ve learned them, too.  Feel free to add to the list in the comment section.

1. Christmas comes whether you’re ready for it or not.

2. There is no end to shopping or deals or the one last thing you need at the grocery store.

3. Not everybody will be happy with each other at the family gathering or with all of their presents.

4. Too much consumption of something will make you feel bloated and miserable.

5. The face of a child at Christmas is precious, no matter their age.

6. People will surprise you by their random acts of patience, kindness, and love.

7. Starbucks won’t have any of their sea salt left for their salted caramel hot chocolates since they ran out first of November.

8. Someone will forget to buy batteries.

9. Most people know the first verse to Christmas carols.

10. Kittens and puppies can’t resist chewing on the presents or low hanging ornaments on the tree.

11. Fresh evergreens smell wonderful but when dried out, they make a mess and are sticky.

12. Christmas cards are fun to receive in the mailbox.  Those with a handwritten note are extra special.

13. Some will have a difficult and sad Christmas.

14. Jesus’s birth will be celebrated and remembered by many around the world.

Blessings,

Mimi

“This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” 1 John 3:11 NIV Bible

Love

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I just posted the final installment in my Advent series @Sweeter Than Honey Ministry. I hope you’ll come check it out.  Here’s a small sample:

I heard Janet Parshall speak at a conference and she remarked that “Hannah prayed and a nation changed; Mary prayed and the world changed”….Read more

Blessings,

Mimi

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV Bible

Joy

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This week’s theme for Advent is Joy.  I hope you’ll click over and check it out.  Here’s a small sampling of my post @Sweeter Than Honey Ministry.

Have you ever been stunned by God’s goodness?  Have you ever had something or someone do something in your life that left you speechless, made you want to pinch yourself or perhaps, you thought you must be dreaming?  Read more…

Blessings,

Mimi

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” Proverbs 13:12 NLT

10 Steps to the Best Stuffed Stocking

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It’s Catie today. My mother is currently very busy with her extensive duties as head elf preparing for Christmas, so this helper elf must step in.

As I’m sure you have experienced, the Christmas stocking is both a joyful gift to receive and a real booger to stuff. I mean, what a weird shape. Right?

However, I want you to have no fear, because, here, at the Davis house, we leave no inch  unstuffed. We are expert packers and pack it all the way to the top!

Therefore, without further ado, I give you our 10 step guide to stocking stuffing!!!

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1. I’m going to start off  with the most important of stuffers, the Christmas Orange. You may be puzzled right now, and while I can’t promise I’m not crazy, I can promise that an orange is the perfect fit for that ever puzzling toe end of the stocking. Try it out! It works every time. It has been a family tradition for well past my lifetime. It fills out that space as well as, providing some balance to all those extra sweets we’ve all been eating! (Don’t lie.)

2. Next, after the orange, is the perfect place to stuff those Christmas socks that everybody secretly loves to get and we all need. If you have any boys in your life, you may not even bother with themed socks just stuff it with everyday white, you know they need ’em.

3. After that, comes the fun stuff like “Silly Putty” or “Play-Doh.” If you’re a kid, you’ll love it ’cause it’s fun! If you’re a grown up kid, you love it ’cause it’s fun!

4. Then, comes the part where you can get creative based on the recipient. My sister-in-law and I, for instance, tend to get fun things like new mascara, nail polish, or pretty bracelets.The boys get gadgety things like key ring tape measures, themed ear buds, or shaving accessories.

5. Now, you should be nearing the top of this stocking so the gifts should get lighter at this point. Generally, this is where each member of the family receives a carefully handpicked Pez candy. My past Pez’s include a Cinderella, a Minnie Mouse, a Sleeping Beauty, and a Yoda. (I’m a diverse person.)

6. Next to the Pez, if you know of a favorite candy bar or treat, here is a good place to slide it in. It’s Christmas, so a king size version is acceptable.

7. Now is when I suggest placing any DVDs or Cds you might have purchased, as you should be able to securely slide them along the side of the stocking at this point. (I told you we were experts at this.)

8. At the top of the stocking, the best things are gift cards!! They’re best at the top, because you don’t want them getting lost or misplaced during the un-stuffing process.  My suggestions for sure winners are Amazon gift cards or Itunes gift cards and there’s no need to go crazy here, everyone loves a $10 one just as much as any other one. (Though I know I wouldn’t say no to a little extra…)

9.  At last, now is the time to fill all the holes that have emerged between all these fabulous gifts in your stocking and what better way to fill them in, but with candy! Sweet, sour, hard, soft, or minty, as long as it’s small, it will work!

10. At the very top, and this truly is saving the best gift for last, spread a little love to wish the special ones in your life a truly blessed and Merry Christmas!

Until next time and Merry Christmas,

Catie

How to Have A Steady Faith this Advent Season

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This morning, I’m posting the second installment of Sweeter Than Honey Ministry‘s Advent series on the topic of faith.  Won’t you come join in the discussion?   Read more

Blessings,

Mimi

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1 NIV Bible

Top 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

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Our family loves to watch movies and holiday time seems to bring on the urge for some serious movie bingeing.  In fact, movies invade our everyday speak. We will weave a quote in while talking with one another.  I don’t think a week goes by that someone doesn’t use a quote or reference.  Obscure ones are like extra points.  Quotes range from the common like “Wove, twue wove” from The Princess Bride to “Almost there” from Star Wars IV.  ( If you can tell me the scene of that obscure quote, I’ll ask Santa to send you extra candy!!)

Here are our Top 12 favorites to watch over the Christmas holiday.

1. A Muppet Christmas Carol

2. It’s A Wonderful Life

3. White Christmas

4. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas ! : Animated

5. A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott

6. Elf

7. The Santa Clause

8. The Polar Express

9. The Mrs. Miracle movies

10. The Holiday

These movies aren’t Christmas movies but we love watching them during the holidays.

11. The Harry Potter series

12. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series

Bonus:

We are also really enjoying these two new movies on Hallmark Channel.

The Nine Lives of Christmas

and

A Royal Christmas

 Happy viewing this Christmas season!

Blessings,

Mimi

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NIV Bible

My Favorite Things 2014

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I love this link up every year.  I like the fact that its regular people recommending the products, so they’re tried and tested and I like that it happens right before Christmas. Usually, someone recommends a favorite of theirs that finishes off my Christmas list.  Thanks Melissa @320 Sycamore for hosting!

My Favorites for 2014

1. Blue Dog Bakery Dog Biscuits

Delta loves her all natural, healthy dog biscuits.  They’re available at big box stores, grocery stores, and Amazon.

2. Boots & Barkley Mylar Cat Toys

Our cats love these crinkly mylar cat toys from Boots & Barkley.  I buy them at Target.

3. The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka

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My daughter has been cooking for us out of this cookbook.  Every recipe has been wonderful.  Here’s one of my favorites that she made and blogged about on this site.

4. Quinn Microwave Popcorn

We are a family that consumes popcorn and we’re picky about our popcorn.  We prefer using a regular popcorn popper, but we found these microwave flavored corns and they’re delicious.  We really like the Hickory Smoked Cheddar.  A nice change every now and then from regular popcorn.

5. Starbucks Hot Cocoa Salted Caramel

When I can’t get it because they’ve run out of salt, these packets are the next best thing.  A really convenient, tasty hot chocolate.

6. Lemon Squeezer

Lemon Squeezer

One of the best kitchen tools I’ve bought this year.  I like that its sturdy and not made of plastic.  I have arthritis in my hands and this squeezer is so much easier than a glass reamer. I bought mine at HomeGoods but it looks just like this one.

7. Fish Spatula

Another changed my life kitchen tools for the year.  A friend of mine recommended it and I use it more than any other spatula for cooking.  The metal is very thin and flexible so turning anything is so easy.

8. Noonday Collection Multi Beaded Wrap Bracelet

I love the mission of this company and I’ve really loved my bracelet.  The artisan quality is very good.  I actually have one with mostly gray colored beads.  This one was as close as I could get to mine.

9. MacBook Air

I love, love, love my MacBook Air.

10. Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Cracked Heel Treatment

Best foot cream I’ve tried so that I can have pretty feet.

If you had fun reading my list of favorite things, you might check out the others linked up at 320 Sycamore.

Blessings,

Mimi

“A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.”  Proverbs 18:16 NIV Bible