As an adult, I've always had trouble getting into the spirit of Christmas. Other than buying for my daughters, I find gift giving to be very stressful. I worry too much about what I should buy and whether the recipient will like my choice. Now I have sworn off gift giving - don't buy anything for me, I'm not buying for you! That relieves the stress, but I still need a Christmas kick. For years, I was in a choral group that sang at various nursing homes, malls, etc. That was when I really felt it was Christmas.
This year, it was the windup of the stocking project. We worked on them all year, but the highlight was stuffing them for the underprivileged kids. We made 1037 stockings, but only stuffed 537. Thankfully, a local church took care of the rest, because we didn't have the funds to buy for all the stockings.
First, we had lunch.
Then we went round and round the tables loaded with supplies.
Here are the stockings all packed up ready to go. It was really a pretty impressive sight and did the heart good. Because of misinformation, we didn't get to see the kids get the stockings, but we could just imagine their joy.
Then walking around the neighborhood, I was surprised to see snow in southern Arizona! Wow!
Some people are really clever with their decorations. What's that on this cactus?
Ron and I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!