Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Christmas Eve ~ I hope all of you are enjoying some of the final preparations for tomorrow's celebration. I hope you have a restful night tonight and a peace, joy and love filled day tomorrow, whether you are with friends and family, or even alone. I spent the last three Christmases alone, adjusting to widowhood, but this year I am spending time with family and I am looking forward to that.

It is almost 1 p.m. EST, is 83 degrees and feels like it is 87. This has to be a record setter for Christmas weather. It isn't. I just looked and it was 85 last year on this day, and in 1941 it was 88. The a.c. is keeping it nice and cool in here and feels good.

I did cookie baking yesterday and today. Would have made more but ran out of a.p. flour and didn't feel like going out into the madness that is out there to get more.

Below are pics of nativity and heavenly host. In my header you can see the main little Nativity figures, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the three wisemen and a cow and a donkey. We bought them in the little town square of Rota, Spain, the town where DH was stationed in the US Navy. These are made of mud, and can still be bought today, all sorts of figures, not just the Navitity figures.

DH made the creche probably 40 years ago and I love setting it up every year. I need to get some garland to wrap around the light wires.



















That's it for now. 

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful 2016.

Let the Light of Love from God shine in your heart, 
filling you with love, peace & joy.

FlowerLady










28 comments:

crafty cat corner said...

I love all of your nativity scenes and those little christmas trees look like the one's we had at home.
Enjoy your family Christmas Lorraine and me the coming year be good to you.
Briony
x

Terra said...

I love your simple nativity figures and that they were made in the traditional way with mud, and that you bought them in Spain. The woolly sheep are cute too. Merry Christmas.

Jane said...

Merry Christmas, sweet Rainey! Hope you have fun celebrating with family tomorrow.

HUgs
Jane

L. D. said...

You have such wonderful things. I really like the manger and all that it represents. I am sure it will always bring back good memories. I am glad you will be with some family. Our neighbors moved to Florida but kept their home next door. They are home these few weeks to be with family before they go back to the home in the south. The two days of snow will make them happy to get out of here. Merry Christmas to you and may your New Year be happy and great.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Merry Christmas to you my friend.I trust you will have a wonderful day with family and friends.I know that Christmas will never be the same without our loved one at our side,but it can still be a good day.

Gary said...

Have a peaceful Christmas Lorraine. Your house looks beautiful. We are both thinking of you.

Sallysmom said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Lorraine. Will be thinking of you tomorrow.

Barbara said...

I've been missing for a while but glad you're still here. I am glad you are up to spending time with friends and family this Christmas. Enjoy. Merry Christmas

Nancy J said...

Beautiful, every one, Special memories with so many of them, my favourites, the sheep, and the glitter trees with a star at the top. Have a peaceful blessed day with family, wishes for good health, the strength to manage all at Plum Cottage. the inner strength as you do it by yourself, and most of all, that we continue, with many others, to have our friendships in blogland carry on and give us that wonderful fellowship across the oceans. Hugs and more.

janiceflorida said...


Merry Christmas to you FlowerLady! Best wishes for 2016.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Merry Christmas!
Your creche is just lovely.

20 North Ora said...

Love your nativity and the memories than go with it.

Love and blessings to you during this season.

Judy

Cheryl said...


Merry Christmas to you, Lorraine!! I am happy to hear that you are going to be celebrating with family tomorrow. There is certainly nothing wrong with celebrating alone...and sometimes that is the right thing to do. But there is also something strengthening about fellowship, so I am glad that you are able to share your day tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by Thinking About Home. You always leave such kind, sweet words! Hugs...

organicgardendreams said...

Dear Lorraine, how wonderful that you are spending time with your family this Christmas.
I love the photo with the two dark red poinsettias and the beautiful painting in the background. And I love your white sheep. I think they are just too cute.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year 2016!
Warm regards,
Christina

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Beautiful!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the new year. xo

Val said...

Merry Christmas, Lorraine! ♥ 'Glad you'll be with loved ones.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Merry Christmas FlowerLady! It was fun taking a Christmas time tour and seeing your pretty Christmas decorations.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

What a beautiful nativity and I hope that you day with family was filled with light and joy : )

Rebecca said...

It was wonderful viewing YOUR nativity sets. None of mine got unpacked this year! I'm glad you got to spend time with family & friends. Our Christmas was very low key and strange - but quite satisfying. We'll gather with some extended family Monday & Tuesday. I'll probably check in before 2016 arrives, but if not, Happy New Year to you ♥

A Joyful Cottage said...

I think what I've enjoyed most in Blogland this Christmas is all the nativities and the stories behind them that have been shared. I love your story and how your late husband made the creche. That's so special. It's something that lives on and on, each year. So many lovely heavenly hosts, and the little sheep and trees are so sweet. I love the mirror! That frame is stunning, Rainey. I'm glad you spent Christmas with family this year. I hope it was a joyful time for you. So glad we connected this year. Looking forward to more of our "visits" in 2016. Hugs, Nancy

It's Just Dottie said...

Merry Christmas,sweet friend.

GRACE PETERSON said...

Hi Lorraine, Your nativity is beautiful and all the more special because of its rich history. I hope you had a warm and wonderful time with your family this Christmas. As for the weather, I imagine January is going to usher in a rather grumpy old man winter, probably with a vengeance. :) Love to you.

KathyB. said...

What a sweet crèche, especially because of the memories that accompany it.

I hope your new year is full of blessings that uplift and encourage you , and thank you for being such and uplifting and encouraging blogging friend.

Karen said...

Such precious memories. I hope you had a wonderful time with family this Christmas, Rainey. This has certainly been a warm year here, too.

~ Dixie said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. My Best wishes for 2016!

Kate R said...

The creche is absolutely lovely and what wonderful and special memories you have attached to that beautiful piece. I really hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a beautiful New Year filled with many garden and stitching activities!

BeachGypsy said...

Love that nativity set! How was your Christmas? Its in the 80s here too..spent Christmas on the beach!

Jeri Landers said...

Wow, I thought I had left a comment here, guess not. Anyway, RAINy, I want you to have a most inspiring, jolly, peaceful, productive, and lucrative 2016. There is so much to look forward to, i love new beginnings, don't you?