A blog from Jeff:

Sharing Joy on Christmas

It's Christmas Eve in the Hollow. All of the Christmas traditions are beginning. It's the best part of Christmas, reliving and making new memories. This year, most of the gifts we're giving are homemade gifts. I can still remember getting knitted slippers from Grandma on Christmas. It was like the scene in Christmas Story where Ralphie and Robbie unwrapped socks. I'd give anything to get a knitted gift from Grandma or a pan of peanut butter fudge from Granny and Grandpa.

This year our neighbor asked me to make some kimchi for her to give to her boss. Of course, she thinks she's paying for it, but it will be our gift. She will get a jar for her boss and a jar for her. They're really good neighbors who never hesitate to help when they can. During a prolonged power outage, we ran about a mile of garden hoses from their house to our barn twice a day to water the animals. They also found Daphne when she'd been missing for a couple days once.

We often get wrapped up in making a long Christmas list of the latest gadgets or fashions. This year take a little time to get wrapped up in the moment. You could also wrap each other up. That could be fun. ...where was I? Oh yeah, memories. Think back to Christmases past and try to remember what you got each year. Now, think back and try to remember the special things that happened. I have a much easier time remembering good time than presents.

I took up crocheting seriously this year. You may have seen pictures of Chad's flap hat. He loves it. I'm working on a scarf for myself, but I'm hoping to have some thoughtful gifts made by this time next year. We'd love to hear about your Christmas memories or favorite traditions. What's the best homemade gift you ever got, or maybe the worst? The bad homemade gifts are good memories now. Merry Christmas one and all from all of us here in the Hollow!

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Posted on December 24, 2017 .