Monday, December 27, 2010

The True Feeling of Christmas

"There, but for the grace of God, go I".
I thought this was a proverb from the Bible.
My mistake.
It is a quote by John Bradford,
made in the mid-sixteenth-century.
It kept ringing in my ears on Christmas Day.

Mike and I volunteered to help serve meals
to needy families in our community.
The atmosphere was festive,
live Christmas music, Santa, and lots of delicious hot food.
There were 800 meals served.
That number included meals delivered to shut-ins.

I can't begin to tell you how much joy was in the room!
The children were excited to get a gift from Santa.
Maybe the only one they received this year.
People lingered over coffee, talking and singing.
Having an extra serving of pie.

I know it sounds corny, like in the movies, but
it warms your soul.
Making your blessings even more appreciated!
After 60 odd years,
I found the true feeling of Christmas!

Ohhhhh....I hope you had warm and wonderful weekend.
And that Santa was extra good to you.

I did get a little sewing done.
And lots of ripping!
I'm making the chain blocks for the Snow Bound quilt.
Scrappy red and white.
I'm tempted to stitch another set of blocks in blue.
It was so much fun!

I'm heading out tomorrow to pick up a couple grand kids.
Bring them back to "Grandmaville"
Plan to see the Yogi Bear movie for the 7 year old
and go bowling.
Bake cookies with my 10 year old grand daughter and
hope we get a little stitching time together.

Didn't I tell you we are blessed!

See you next year!


  1. What a wonderful thing to do on Christmas. I know what you mean about the 'true feeling'! Not corny at all my dear. I experienced that one Christmas when the kids, hubby and I went and passed out lunches to the homeless under bridges in Las Vegas on Christmas Day. It can't be explained until one does it.
    God bless you for your true Christmas spirit!

  2. I LOVE this quilt you are making. Don't ya love Mary Ellen's Best Press?

  3. I love your red and white quilt. I made one for a Christmas gift that was so hard to give away. But the recipient loved it. I definitely see one in my future! Hope you had the merriest of Christmases.

  4. Glad you're having a wonderful Christmas!! I wish you a Happy New Year 2011!! :) Hugs, Silvia

  5. Glad you're having a wonderful Christmas! I wish you a Happy New Year 2011!! Hugs, Silvia

  6. Just found your blog; it's lovely. I'm also a quilter but do hand quilting. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work.

  7. How beautiful this are one talented lady ...I am adding you to our blog roll at Sew we Quilt today....I rotate them...and I think many would like to see yours...blessings

  8. Hello! I'm a new follower...came over from The Scrappy Appleyard. I adore your blog (and those precious grandchildren). What a beautiful way to spend Christmas. I really love the red and white check quilt blocks. That's one of my favorite patterns, although I have difficulty getting the squares even. Thanks for sharing, and please come to the farm for a visit when you have time. God bless and Happy New Year!


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