Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas!

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?

How cute!

Ron and I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

Happy Holidays!


  1. To fill those 500 odd stockings is something, thats 500 odd smiles.

    A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you both.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and Ron, too!!

  3. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you both.
    We will be here at our home for Christmas day and will be sure to take a photo of your dad for the BLOG. Rebecca is starting a new tradition this year by having a light meal at noon on Christmas Eve at her home. We will open our stockings which will make Christmas day more relaxing. Your dad will get fed and be with family two days in a row.

    Love 'ya
    Your cousin

  4. Merry Christmas to you and Ron, too. The stocking project looks really neat. I'm sure you made a lot of kids happ.

  5. BOY that was a lot of stockings...I know they were well Received by the children!! Great Looking COOL Mr. Claus--
    Have A very Merry one!!!

  6. Love the stocking project!

    Merry Christmas. Hope to see you in the new year.

  7. Merry Christmas to both of you! I'll miss seeing you on Christmas.

  8. Merry Christmas from our house to yours!!! I know what you mean about finding Christmas. We took our CASA kids to NM to the wolf Sanctuary today. What a memory for all of us.

  9. What a wonderful project you did with those stockings, you've given some real joy to kids that wouldn't have anything to make their Christmas happy.

    Merry Christmas to you and Ron and we're looking forward to more of your travels in the New Year! :c)

  10. Love how you found a way to make the season special instead of stressful.
    Really appreciated seeing how decor is done in AZ.
    Merry Christmas.

  11. Hi you two, have a wonderful Christmas. Yep, gift giving is stressful but seeing the smiles is worth it, like those will have from all those stockings. Hugs Karen