12.15.2008

Rethinking The Holidays

I want to celebrate Christmas and the holidays in the traditional manner. As I see it, everyone comes to the house in the country in a horse drawn sleigh with jingle bells, there's a perfect two inches of snow on the ground and all is right with the world. The house on the lake is surrounded by nature's gift to us this winter........ glorious green holly trees just full of red berries. The white fenced lined Lane is dotted with hand made evergreen wreaths and Bobby G. will catch that elusive 16 pound bass on Christmas day. But let's be realistic. Daddy and Dot are no longer with us, the children live far away and our children have children and nieces and nephews making it hard to buy for so many. Many, many happy memories are cherished from past years but it's time to pass the baton. As things change, it's time to rethink the way things are done. A new tradition will be started this year with gift giving and although I will miss looking for that special sumpin' for my sisters, this new adventure promises to be a whole lot of fun and a lot of laughs and what could be better than that? I have never been away from home for Christmas but we will be traveling this year to a warmer climate, joined by our children and their families. Being in 80 degree temperatures will seem strange to me on Christmas Day but oh the fun that awaits us as we venture into the magic kingdom, bringing with it all kinds of new memories and stories to tell. I admit I am a homebody but when I do travel, I realize it gives me new inspirations and new insights and different ways to do things and a greater appreciation for home. Gradually I will begin to give our old ornaments to the kids to shine brightly on their trees, a whole new tradition in itself. I will try to respect the wishes of my family so that everyone can grow and flourish and create new traditions. I was at a Christmas party this past weekend and a person I met for the first time made this remark as I was telling him how I would be spending my Christmas this year. He said it's good to grab life and let go of some of the traditions of the past, make some new ones, go on an adventure, don't get stuck in a routine as that can stifle the human spirit. Don't let your traditions become obligations. :) With that in mind I am heading up stairs to pack my suitcase..... camera, bathing suit, Santa hat and sandals. I wish all of you, my dear blogging friends and those just stopping by to peer in the front door, much joy and happiness in the coming few weeks. I'll be gone a while. Don't forget me. (big smile)

P.S. I wanted to share with you this quick, pretty, and taste great gift. It's easy peasy to make and very inexpensive and who doesn't need an inexpensive gift at these times? (Plus I have seen this stuff for sale at premier candy shops and it's not cheap)
  • Melt one 14 oz. bag of "candy melts" or white chocolate squares you can find easily in the grocery store. I bought my melts at Michael's craft store. I melted mine in 30 second increments in the mirco wave.
  • Pound with a mallet and crush into small pieces approx. 10-12 Starlight red and white mint rounds. Just put in a plastic baggie and pound. You can use candy canes too but they are hard to unwrap.
  • Pour the melted white candy melts on a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper. Sprinkle with the crushed mints and let harden. Doesn't take long at all. Break up into small pieces and fill a pretty glass. Tie glass up with clear cellophane and tie with a red ribbon. For a festive and fun touch I also added a big silver jingle bell.
  • I went looking at one of my thrift shop haunts and found some $1.00 wine glasses to use. The glasses were very heavy and quite large. This stuff is really good. Be sure and hide the leftovers. :)






P.S. S. Here's just a little peek of what's new for 2009 in the boutique at theVintageNest.



36 comments :

countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Lynn ~ have a wonderful time on your trip...and a great Christmas. I, too, am having a difficult time giving the traditions up, but I know you have to move on.

Love that peppermint candy...yummm!

Hugz,
Michele

Dana and Daisy said...

Oh Lynn I applaud your willingness to change! I know you will have a wonderful time on your trip and make lasting memories with the grandkids.

You are a dear! And I will wish you Happy New Year as well, and look for you in 2009!

Love and a whiskery nuzzle from Daisy, Your friend, Dana

Jenny S said...

Have a wonderful Christmas. Holidays at the Magic Kingdom...wow! That will be soooo much fun and think of the memories you will be creating with your grandkids!! Enjoy and get some sun for me!!

Jan and Tom said...

Very nice post, Lynn...and good recipe, too!

Beverly said...

Lynn, you are a very wise lady. And, Christmas in the most magical place on Earth is unforgettable.

Wishes and love for the best holiday season ever.

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

You have to try new things. Let go of old traditions that have grown tired. You're right; there comes a time to hand it off to the youngins! I've done just that!
Brenda

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

You have to try new things. Let go of old traditions that have grown tired. You're right; there comes a time to hand it off to the youngins! I've done just that!
Brenda

Brenda said...

My Christmas and life has really took a turn the last few months.I holding on tight and need to let go. Thanksgiving was at my daughters in Florida with only her family.
I missed my mom,but wow I don't do change good.
Christmas has always been at moms and I stay a week. April is coming in from Florida and we have to be back here for Kaytlynn to see her dad so this year it will be three days.
I hope you do better at this than me.

BellaColle' said...

Howdy friend! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas vacation! Be safe..can't wait to 'hear' all about it..=)
XO
~Christine

Dawnie said...

Ohhh I know how this is feeling. I hope you have a great trip. each year we make small changes and some I love--some i miss. it sure is hard.

The Joy of Nesting said...

Have a wonderful Holiday with your family Lynn.

Lynn the old traditions haven't been lost they will always be there only with a new generation's embellishments. Have fun exploring down this new bend in your life, and take it from me it's far more fun exploring when it's 80 degrees and no SNOW!! Come by for tea when you get home!!

Pattie :c)
Mazatlan Mexico

Claudie said...

To my new friend Lynn
It's been a year of new found friends and you are one of them. I so look forward to your comments on my little new blog. Not as fancy as most, but it puts a smile on my face.
Please give Mickey & Mini a great big kiss from me. We spent many a Christmases in Disney World and your right... it's just not the same as the cold, snowy, blizzard like conditions we are having LOL.
Merry Christmas Lynn.
May you and your family have a very Happy, loving, warm New Year.
See you soon
Love Claudie
P.S. When taking in all that sunshine, pretend that you are by your pool. Just close your eyes. " )

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

It feels so hard to let go of tradition, but I love what your friend at the party said! Grab life by the tail and be open to new adventure! After all, your own Christmas evolved after you were married and had children, so it's just part of our Season in life. Have a wonderful trip with your family and make new memories! What a sweet post this was!

mrsjones6 said...

Have a fabulous trip! Be safe and enjoy your "new" tradition this Christmas. Wishing you and your family a very warm and merry Christmas!
God Bless,
Jennifer

irmaJ said...

I am right there with you! Check out my blog for what my grandson said about what he really wanted for Christmas from me! As a grandma we just want to shower them with gifts and spoil them. It was priceless what he had to say!
Have a great time on your trip. Get ready to fight the crowds though! We thought that going for Christmas would be really a great time! It was along with the other thousands that had the same thought. It will be great!
The treats look yummy and beautiful too!
Blessings!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Lynn!

Wow, you go and have some fun for Christmas! Sounds good to me! Don't get brunt sunbathing! LOL!

Merry Christmas dear!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Oh, thank you so much for the recipe! I am going to make some! xo

Kathy said...

What fun you will be having on Christmas!! Temps in the 80's make any day pretty wonderful, but Christmas would be extra delightul! We are having bitterly cold days in Michigan. Love your gift idea. The mint bark in the wine glasses looks beautiful and sounds yummy.
Merry Christmas,
Kathy

roseylittlethings said...

Ooh, love the pretty heart! So vintage and pretty! Happy Holidays!

Judy said...

Hi Lynn, have a wonderful time on your vacation and a happy holiday. I love the thought of you traditional Christmas and was hooking up the sleigh until you said you wouldn't be home.

The Candy sounds wonderful and the wrapping idea is so cute. I think I may borrow it.

jen said...

This post made me hungry!! Thanks for the recipe.

Jen

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Lynn,

I am absolutely sure that no matter where you are you find the JOY in life. As long as we are with family everything else is just extra.
I have spent several holidays away in Hawaii and Disney World a few years ago. They certainly were different, but I enjoyed them all the same! Merry, Merry Christmas Dear Lynn!! I look forward to hearing all about your trip and seeing the pictures.
Tammy

Love the heart ornament!

Sandi McBride said...

Oh you're going to Disney World for Christmas? Lucky girl! Well, I'd rather be home, lol, but I'd venture out for it, too I think...thanks so much for the lovely recipe gift. I can't resist a recipe, lol! Merry Christmas Lynn, I hope it's full of pictures!
hugs
Sandi

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I'm not too happy with the changes after losing my Daddy either...I don't like passing the baton and having change at Christmas. You are a brave girl and putting your best foot forward for the good of the family! Have fun!! Make new memories!

Out of the Blue said...

Your new holiday tradition sounds like fun...hope you have a wonderful time! Thanks so much for sharing the yummy recipe. I love your presentation in the wine glass...think I'll have to give this one a try!

Lisa said...

I hope you and your family have a fabulous holiday together. Enjoy the warmth of the location (wherever you are headed) and make some fond new memories. May this season bring you all the happiness and joy you deserve! Be well and safe travels my friend, I will miss you!

Tara said...

Lynn

We did a warm holiday going south last winter and so enjoyed it, a different experience but fun just the same to be with family!
Enjoy yourself, we'll be here when you get back...and of course, take pics!

Tamara Jansen said...

Have a great time!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip with your family!! I'm somewhat of a "homebody" myself too, but it's always refreshing to get away and see new sights and sounds.
Wishing you a Blessed Holiday;
Becca
:)

antigoni said...

What a beautiful post! Merry Christmas!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Forget about YOU.... impossible..... Oh what fun you and your family will have.... grab all you can get with your family....
HUgs
Linda

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Forget about YOU.... impossible..... Oh what fun you and your family will have.... grab all you can get with your family....
HUgs
Linda

Donna said...

Lynn, have a wonderful time on your trip! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Hugs,
Donna

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Lynn,
It sounds like you'll be having a lot of fun. I know what you mean, I'm a real homebody too but you're going to have tons of fun and the best thing is you're willing to give it a try and have a blast in warm temperatures too.

That recipe looks so good, I may have to try it myself (I only do the easy stuff these days). Talk to you when you get back ;)

Happy, happy, holidays!
~Tracie

Alex said...

Hi Lynn...I hope you have a great trip. Be careful! And thank you for the recipe, too! yummy!
*hugs*

Rue said...

Hi Lynn :)

Thank you so much for sharing your house story with me. I think we have a long wait to sell this house, but at least I don't have to endure any more snide remarks about my house being to personalized, dealing with the animals in the car while I wait and keeping the house Martha Stewart clean. Not that there's anything wrong with that ;)

Anyway....
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful time!
xoxo,
rue

jenny said...

wow realy neet stuff and well when it comes down to hand made i say yes please help keep handmade alive or next it just maybe grand mothers home made cookies :)

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