Merry Humbug Christmas is two short stories tied together by the heroines being BFFs. We get to read what happens to each of them as they spend their first Christmas apart after years of celebrating together. They were great relaxing reads to sit and read with a cup of hot cocoa. I actually chuckled out loud in both of them.
At first I wasn’t sure about the heroine in the first story, but she grew on me. It was definitely a pivotal Christmas in her life; finally a happy one! The hero is great too, and I wish that I could actually hear his accent. I like how he brings around the real message of Christmas.
Reese, the second heroine, was likable from the start. The story is believable, but I truly hope that all those things never happen to someone in real life – at least not in the same week like they happen to Reese! The hero is practically perfect, but that’s the stuff heroes are made of, right? I’m glad that Reese learns how much she really does love her own crazy family.
An Old-Fashioned Christmas
I’d like to push the Calendar
Back fifty years or so
And celebrate my Christmas
As they did so long ago.
A tree of green would grace my room
With candles shining bright,
And popcorn strings, and homemade things
Would fill me with delight.
“One Nation Under God”
Thanksgiving is more than a day in November
That students of history are taught to remember,
More than a date that we still celebrate
With turkey and dressing piled high on our plate…
For while we still offer the traditional prayer,
We pray out of habit without being aware
That the Pilgrims thanked God just for being alive,
For the strength that He gave them to endure and survive
Hunger and hardship that’s unknown in the present
Where progress and plenty have made our lives pleasant…
And living today in this great and rich nation
That depends not on God but on mechanization,
We tend to forget that our forefathers came
To establish a country under God’s name…
But we feel we’re so strong we no longer need faith,
And it now has become nothing more than a wraith
Of the faith that once founded this powerful nation
In the name of the Maker and the Lord of creation…
Oh, teach us, dear God, we are all pilgrims still,
Subject alone to Your guidance and will,
And show us the way to purposeful living
So we may have reason for daily thanksgiving –
And make us once more a God-fearing nation
And not just a puppet of controlled automation.
~ Helen Steiner Rice
My girls had pink walls, but were tired of it and wanted a bit older look. One wanted blue and the other wanted purple. Thankfully their chosen colors blended! Instead of using my original idea of painting two walls blue and two walls purple I decided to make stripes. Then I thought about how much I’d have to go up and down a ladder to do vertical stripes and decided to go with horizontal. The fact that horizontal makes the room feel bigger played a part in that decision too. The fact that it takes a while to prep for stripes played a part in the decision to make nice wide stripes.
Noah, our eclectus parrot, was hanging out with me while I folded a pile of laundry. I decided to see what he would do if I covered him with a towel. I was surprised that he didn’t mind too much – as long as he wasn’t confined.