Tuesday, 23 December 2014

WOYWW Christmas Eve

Giving myself a good talking to tonight (Tue): "Right, woman, no-one (except you) expects all the gifts and cards to be hand made (some would probably prefer bought stuff) so STOP WORRYING!!!! What's finished is fine, and what's not, doesn't matter. The two girls (and their Step Mum, for Pete's sake!!) don't even know you were planning mini travel albums for their New Year Barcelona trip. Do what you can, but don't stay up all night, then forget it!" Watch this space next week, to see if I manage to complete them.

Ok, now I've got that out of the way, deep breath, glass of something nice, and catch up with my bloggy friends.

This Christmas has been a real exercise in stash-busting, including the cards. Over the years I've been given lots of cast offs from crafty friends, and this time, managed to make them all without buying anything new. However, I much prefer to give a Christian, Christmas message, rather than just robins and tinsel. So, I prayed, sat down at the keyboard and typed this straight off, having never done anything like it before:

Please excuse the smudge, it was on the lens, not the insert! Do feel free to use it, if it helps, another year. This way, I've used up all the odds and ends, but hopefully shared my heart, too. The glass is now empty, so I'm off upstairs again, to see how much I can get done before bedtime (10.30pm, I promise). Tomorrow, there are just a few last minute touches to gifts and, in the evening, I'll take Mum to her midnight Mass (well, 9pm).

Hope to see you over at Julia's for a virtual mulled wine, over the next few days. New to WOYWW? Click the button on my side bar and pop over for a whistle-stop, worldwide blog fest.

With love and blessings for Christmas and the new year, and thanks for all your friendship and encouragement. Special thanks to Julia, for organising our weekly gatherings.

Hugs, Chris xx


  1. A truly heartfelt message, and one we should all take heed of.. Happy Christmas, to you and your family Helen #5

  2. Well done on busting that stash. We don't need to spend a fortune. It's not what Christmas is all about. Have a lovely day xx

    Fiona #16

  3. A wonderful message - what Christmas is all about. Happy Christmas Anne x # 21

  4. A wonderful message - what Christmas is all about. Happy Christmas Anne x # 21

  5. A wonderful message - what Christmas is all about. Happy Christmas Anne x # 21

  6. I'm doing a quick spin round all my favourite blogs to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and to catch up with what you're up to at the last minute.
    I think we all try to do too much at the last minute and you're right about what Christmas should be about.
    Annie x #25

  7. Your verse is so beautiful and rhymes effortlessly! Merry Christmas and happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #24

  8. Wonderful verse! Like you I struggle to keep a Christian theme to my cards but managed this year.
    Have a Christmas full of hugs and laughter.!
    Bishopsmate #30

  9. Hi Chris, A Happy Christmas to you and yours. What a beautiful message you created, so fitting when you want to keep a Christian theme. Happy Christmas Eve WOYWW, Love from us both, Shaz #11 xxxx

  10. A lovely, lovely bit of writing and perfect for the season. Have a happy, holy, joyful holiday!

    Happy Christmas Eve WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (1)

  11. I wish you could give me a talking to also. Still running around and fussing about the things I did not get finished. I have to make the bread bowls and clam chowder to tonight's dinner..and then I still did not find the perfect ham. Oh and the sugar cookie cut out dough needs chilled so we can decorate those tonight. Sigh...Hope you have a blessed holiday full of all that is merry and bright! Shel #33

  12. You're right, it doesn't matter that not everything is homemade! Being with the folk you love is the most important...
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas...thanks for all the Bloggy support through the past year!
    Hugs, LLJ 23 xx

  13. That's a beautiful message. I too prefer Christian Christmas messages. Merry Christmas #6

  14. Good for you, finding a way a to use the stash so creatively and beautifully. I've been trying to do that too with my Christmas makings, and it's so much more satisfying than shopping for every single little supply. Happy Christmas! Sandy Leigh #39

  15. Lovely sentiments. Just popped over to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Angela x 28

  16. Happy Christmas WOYWW Chris, I'm sure they will appreciate their hand made gifts and your verse from the heart.
    Cazzy #37

  17. Hi chris. I am indeed enjoying a glass of something nice .... straight tonic :-(
    I love your poem... although I am not religious I respect those that are and support the reason for the season theme and may even use it on some of the cards I make in January ready for next year.
    May your Christmas be merry and bright and full of good cheer.
    thanks for all your lovely comments throughout the year
    janet #9

  18. A very nice poem! Thanks for sharing!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Gabriele 22

  19. Hi Chris, I am doing a Boxing day visit to a few chosen pages so rather late to wish you Happy Christmas, but I am enjoying a nice alcoholic drink so will toast your with that nevertheless.
    Like you I really believe Christmas cards should have a Christian theme, but I may be tempted to use your lovely verse, or Shaz in Oz's, she posted one also, and use some tinsley, robin time stuff next year.
    Bless you and your mum as you look forward to a peaceful new year.
    Chris #53

  20. What a beautiful poem for your insert, Chrys! And I love the talking-to that you gave yourself, too! Well said! We expect way more of ourselves than anyone else does! I hope your Christmas was merry!! Happy WOYWW to you, very late, and all good wishes for a wonderful new year!! Hugs, Darnell #49

  21. It's a beautiful message, Chris. Thanks for offering it to us --- I will use it! Last year I made a point of sending nativity scene cards with appropriate messages to each recipient. This year has not been a good one, and so I didn't put out the usual effort. I hope your Christmas was good, including your church service.
    Thanks for your visit. I dropped my phone off this morning -- had to back it all up, change passwords --- what a pain; but I will get it back today and be back in business. Now to memorize the passwords....{groan}

  22. What a lovely message. Yes, I might use that next year. Thanks (I will acknowledge you of course)
    Belated Christmas wishes,

  23. This Christmas has certainly brought home that message, Chris - I am still so behind with everything and everyone is getting their presents late because I was poorly all over Christmas but I'm well past worrying that it matters!! The whole thing was pretty much a non-event this year, but we are looking forward to our postponed Christmas dinner on 2nd Jan with a friend, and also a day with my hubby's brothers tomorrow. This year has had its moments to say the least, and we are looking forward to a better year next year.

    Thanks for your lovely comment, and I'm glad you like the cameo soap. It was a bit of a pain to do but I'm fairly happy with the result!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #48