Took a couple of extra days off to get a head start on outdoor decorating. We always put it off until the first of December and it turns cold so this year we said we'd get everything strung out and then light it around the first of December. Only thing is it really will be colder in early January when we go to take it down. :( So far we assembled a few wire trees and some present boxes. There's a lot more than goes into my Christmas wonderland.
Anyway, a bunch of bulbs that might have otherwise been destined not to survive also made it into the ground today. It'll be a while before they burst out of the ground and give thanks for saving their lives but at one more thing off my endless list. We even trimmed some branches off the crepe myrtle trees. Are we crazy or what? It was like a summer day out there today but word has it tomorrow will be a different story.
Won't be long until JUST ONE TOUCH arrives. God has blessed me with fourteen single titles, two novellas, and three anthology reprints. Not bad for a writing career that took twenty years to take off. God knew the plans He has for me and it's clear that once I made the right choice (to write books that honored him), success was mine.
Ideas are falling in place for the new book. I have visuals of the characters, plan to place the story in Nags Head, North Carolina, and look forward to introducing the characters to everyone.
Have you ever seen those crazy images where they open up the head and look inside to see what's there? With the approach of the holidays, I know I've reverted to my childhood. Admittedly, I'm not a young woman in years but I'm definitely one at heart.
My home is decorated with the hodgepodge of decorations I love to see this time of year. I'm a Christian and I definitely celebrate Jesus.
While I decorate, the house looks like an explosion in a Christmas factory.
My three trees have themes of all santas, snowmen, angels and small nativity type ornaments. I have the Santa figurines that I've collected over the years all over my house and my yard sparkles with lights - more tasteful white in the front with my blow up nativity while snowmen and Santa twinkle in the back where I can see it through my french doors and light lookers can see it from the street. I read a reference to someone being attracted to the tacky lights but I can assure you I don't do tacky and putting together a beautiful presentation in the yard does take thought. :)
For me, it's a season of giving. I learned today that my shoeboxes went to kids in Ecuador and Jordan. Then I found another worthwhile charity, Comfort Socks. They provide socks to the homeless. Last year I was deeply moved by an incident and determined I would find a way to make a difference this year. I was thrilled to find them on the internet.
I am thankful to God for the gift of His son. I believe He's my salvation and thank him for the joy I feel during this holiday season.
So out of my head and heart, I say to you have a blessed, Merry Christmas. Give God a place in your heart and He will provide you with love that will surpass anything you can ever imagine.
However you celebrate, have a Merry Christmas!!!