Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Goodness, time has flown once again. Seems it was still January just the other day and here it is time for Cupid, hearts, and valentines... 

Most people ask, "What are you giving your Sweetie (or darlings) for Valentine's Day?" Some people don't care for the holiday as it seems too commercial with printed cards, red teddy bears, and heart-shaped boxes of candy. Feels like the only ones truly having a good time are those raking in the money from the sales. My husband and I don't go wild buying for the holiday -- we usually go out to eat (or if I'm not able to go, we order in from our favorite place). Then we watch a movie or cuddle and talk. Just being together is enough.

But I like to think of Valentine's Day as time to eat my chocolates without guilt. And my loving husband always provides a few of my favorites for the occasion. After all, we've been married a while and I've earned those special candies. I buy him cashew or deluxe mixed nuts and he buys me chocolates...then we share. LOL

I love the romantic movies some of the channels air around Valentine's Day. "While You Were Sleeping" and "The Wedding Date" are two favorites I've watched this week. Something about the story-line and the characters reach into my soul, even though both have their funny moments too. 




This is also a fun time for kids to be silly and share cards containing hearts, flowers, and mushy sayings they wouldn't dare give at any other time -- and maybe even a candy heart or sweet kiss on the cheek or nose. 



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Saturday, January 7, 2017

SNOWED IN ???


Much of the nation is "snowed in" - free from school, out of work, and hunkering down inside to stay warm away from the elements of cold wind, ice, and snow. 

As long as there is power, we can watch TV, chat on the internet, call friends, play games, and cook large pots of soup and comfort foods. 




But when you get tired of the "idiot box", as my Grandpa called it, lose the internet and phone lines, and get bored with the games - what then?




In a bit of shameless self- promotion, might I suggest you do what I always like to do? Grab a book, a blanket, and your favorite hot beverage and snacks, and curl up for a long read... 



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Monday, December 5, 2016

HaPpY Holidays to ALL!!!




Since our son has grown up and his family now have their own Christmas traditions, my husband has often asked me why I want to bother with a Christmas tree and all the trimmings. 

Truthfully, this is usually said just after he collapses in his chair (huffing and puffing) from bringing in the tree, boxes of decorations, and tangled strings of lights out of the storage building in the backyard. 

Not to give the wrong idea, he's definitely not a Scrooge. Once he gets his breath back, he always helps with the decorating, but often does refuse to untangle light strands or replace burnt out bulbs. 

Oh, did I forget to mention, we usually have a grand or two to help with that? And this always entails explaining the homemade ornaments, a trip through Christmases past, talk of gifts desired, and who is cooking what dish for our Christmas Eve repast. Usually there is some popcorn and hot chocolate included and the dogs running through glittery strands of static-filled icicles with sticky bows on their heads.

This is the closest answer I can give as to why the Christmas Tree is so important to me (and hopefully to my family):
 



An Evergreen Tree symbolizes everlasting life. The triangular shape of the tree is also believed to stand for the holy trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  
The Star represents God's fulfillment of the promise He made ages ago, through all the prophets. It also represents the shining hope of mankind that first shone in Bethlehem, leading the wise men to baby Jesus.

 
Lighting and/or candles stand for Jesus Christ who came as light and hope into a dark and doomed world. He came to bind up broken hearts and free those in bondage. 




Candy canes symbolize the shepherd's crook, which helps the shepherd gather lost and strayed sheep. The candy cane can also be turned upside down to stand for the letter 'J' in Jesus. The red and white coloring is for Christ's blood and purity.
 


Gifts beneath the Christmas tree remind us how we have received the greatest gift through the blood of Jesus Christ. They also remind us that charity brings love and we should always share with those around us. 

Wreaths represent unceasing love. 
They show how God's mercies are new every morning. 
True love has no beginning and no end, is selfless and courageous

RED and GREEN Colors - Red stands for fire of the spirit, while green stands for nature and one's life on earth. Red along with green is used to symbolize our Holy Spirit's union with nature to save the incarnate world.

Thanks to Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/meaning-of-christmas-tree.html for much of this info.



All of us at the Vickery household wish 
 you and yours 
a safe, healthy, and very happy HOLIDAY season.
Becca, Robby, Patsy, Gretal, and Oscar
plus Taylor, Madison, and Cody (the grands)