Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Christmas Hodgepodgie Hodgepodge

This is our Christmas Hodgepodge post.
Next week, I will be celebrating in the Bahamas with our son and his family as we eagerly anticipate our grandson and theWestern Michigan Broncos playing in the Popeye's Bahamas Bowl on Christmas Eve.
There will be few family traditions for us this year, but we do look forward to sharing
this beautiful story of our Lord's birth together on a beach somewhere.

Traditions are only what we make them, and memories are also what we make them and this year will be full of memory making events.

So join the other bloggers and Joyce 
1. What's your biggest 'first world' problem?
 It has got to be the alarm going off at 4:45 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Woe is me!

2.  Each year Time Magazine names a 'Person of the Year', someone who has 'for better or worse...done the most to influence the events of the year.' It was recently announced they've named Angela Merkel Person of the Year for 2015. You can read more about this year's selection here. Your thoughts? If you were in charge, who would you declare Person of the Year? 

No doubt Chancellor Merkel has done some great things for her countrymen, but allowing millions and millions of unvetted immigrants into her country as hopeful workers to boost the German economy is a very risky thing to do.  Her plan is not to create a multicultural society but to make it mandatory to speak German, etc.  I find this rather far-fetched with this particular group of immigrants.  To me, this is not basis enough for this honor, therefore, she would not be my first choice.  That being said, I frankly do not know of anyone I would declare as Person of the Year.

3. Do you have a nativity set in your home? If so share it's history and how you display the pieces.

I do have a simple nativity that I am using as a centerpiece on my table that I have had for several years, but has no significant history.  I often use it on the foyer table, but am doing less decorating this year, so made it very simple.

4.  Do you make an extra effort to give back in some way during the holiday season? How do you encourage those who need encouragement this time of year?

I am embarrassed to say that I do not do enough giving back or encouraging this time of year.

5. Who is your favorite person to shop for? Why?

It would be my daughter and daughter-in-law because they are fairly easy to please and are grateful for whatever I give them.

6. What's the last delicious thing you ate?

Hubby brought me a slice of Italian Cream cake from an office party today.  It was delicious!

7. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is________________.

Through music and sharing the joy of Christmas with family and friends.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

I happen to think we have one of the most beautiful churches around and thought I would share with you some of the tasteful decorations and Christmas symbols in our sanctuary.

 An overall view of the sanctuary from the balcony.
Poinsettia tree
Advent wreath and candles
Nativity on a side table
Large nativity in the foyer
Stained glass window depicting the Christ Child

For unto us a child is born
unto us a son is given.
And His name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, 
The Mighty God,
The Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
Merry Christmas to you and your family and may you (re)discover the joy that a life in Christ brings.
Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.


  1. What a beautiful church....many Holiday Blessings to you and your family.

  2. Have a wonderful time in the Bahamas. Memories last a life time whereas traditions can be broken-Enjoy!
    Beautiful church pictures. Merry Christmas to you.

  3. How exciting and different will your Christmas Eve be this year?!
    A forever memory that's for sure. Soo glad you will be able to go and enjoy. And yes, WHAT a beautiful church! Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas!

  4. I agree...your church is gorgeous! Love all the red! Have a wonderful time in the Bahamas and in the warm sunshine! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  5. That Italian cream cake sounds yummy. The church is lovely.
    Merry Christmas, blessing to you and yours this holiday season.

  6. Create some special Christmas memories in the Bahamas at the Popeye's Bahamas Bowl. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  7. Have loads of fun with family this year! It will be a special, memorable Christmas for you all and being together is the best part of any holiday.

  8. cute blog!
    I love the hodge podge thing! :) Have fun in the bahamas!


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