Thursday, December 24, 2009


"Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance - a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved."

~Augusta E. Rundel~
Merry Christmas eve to you all. All is quiet here at the Quill on this dark and rainy morning. The world outside my window is hushed with whispering wind and the comforting sound of pattering rain drops. A chill is in the air tinged with excitement and anticipation, Christmas is almost come!

I am puttering at putting the final touches on my meager holiday fare in hopes that the celebration of the Christ Child will soon be here. No stockings are hung by my mantle with care this year, a first in 28 years. Happily there are also no tears.

Our first round of guests are scheduled to arrive at three but with the flooding weather it may only be Handy Hubby and me.

Speaking of finishing touches, I just have to show you what finishing touches Lorrie of Paper, Fabric, Thread has been up to. She used the little paper bird pattern from my last post and made these darling package toppers complete with little paper bag nests. These are so adorable! Lorrie, I love your twist on this project and your packages are beautiful.I have made my list and checked it twice, none were naughty, all were actually pretty nice, so presents are wrapped and under the tree...Dreamy creamy linens await to be ironed by me...
Gold and white will my table delight...
A centerpiece I am trying to get just right...
Creamy cones will grace cups filled with a spicy nutty fare...
Bags of almond pretzels, bowls of fantasy fudge, and bonbons of coconut and peanut butter are resting everywhere (recipes here)...
A big bowl of Christmas missives make my heart smile at all the warm thoughts and wishes contained there...
Kenny G's Miracles CD sets a soft background as candlelight softly twinkles...
Mary, Joseph, and I await the arrival of the baby Jesus...
Christmas would not be Christmas without the anticipation of miracles.

Now, I tell you what would be a real miracle, if just one Christmas came and went and I did not forget something important. Yes, one toy has no batteries and all those sweet treats littering my kitchen waiting to be delivered ~ no trays! Fingers crossed that Dollar Tree still has some of those white plates with the red trim around the edges.

So, yes, among all the last minute busyness I will slip and slide into town with a happy heart and nary a frown for Christmas has come to home and heart. I am praying in this new year that that deep abiding joy will not depart but that the miracle of that long ago Christmas day will daily visit me filling my heart with joy and glee. May you all share in my Christmas prayer, to place Christ at the center and to keep Him there.

Have a blessed Christmas Eve!

Miss Sandy


bluemuf said...

Miss Sandy, Thank you for a wonderful year of inspiration.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas

Hugs Karen

Lululiz said...

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Linda said...

Dear Miss Sandy,
I'm really behind on my reading this week! It's not that I haven't wanted to keep up, but in between visiting with our family and many celebrations, there hasn't been enough time.

I love everything that you've created to make Christmas so beautiful - maybe next year, I'll start earlier and get crafting! :)

Anyway, I wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a most blessed Christmas!!!

Linda ♥

Susie said...

Merry Christmas Sandy! Hope you stay dry. I can't believe all the rain ya'll are receiving. We are still waiting on it. It'll probably hit around 5:30 when I have 12 people coming to my home.

Oh well, hopefully the electricity won't go out.

Claudia said...

Merry Christmas, Sandy! Have a wonderful, hopefully dry, day!


Celestial Charms said...

Miss Sandy, what a lovely Christmas Eve post here today. Your Christmas preparations look lovely and I do hope you enjoy a cozy evening and a very Merry Christmas.

Vee said...

Wasn't what Lorrie did so clever? Glad that you featured it here...I did, too. I had myself a lot of fun last evening as I puttered away in my craft room. It's the first time I've worked in there since July so thank you for that. Nan just seems to always need me on her level so I don't take the time I'd like to be "up there."

Enjoy your Christmas eve...hope that the weather cooperates and everyone who is planning to arrive will be able to. God bless your Christmas, too.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

aaah, the sound of Kenny G and the smell of those wonderful sweets...
Oh Miss Sandy, you totally had me dreaming there for a second!!!

Everything looks so wonderful, perfect setting for the special day.
I wanted to sneak in and wish you a very Merry Christmas. As I'm counting my blessings today, you are at the top of my list :)
Thank you for a wonderful year, for all of your beautiful inspirations and assurings words.
I'm looking forward to many more visits together in 2010~
everything vintage

Lorrie said...

Merry Christmas Sandy. Your home and your heart are ready for the celebration of God come to earth.

Emmanuel - God with us! God with you, God with me. May your celebrations be filled with joy!

Thank you for the kind comments on my adaptation of your wonderful tutorial. Isn't this blogging world wonderful - one inspiration leads to others.


Miss Rhea said...

Merry Christmas Sandy ! I hope that this year has many Blessings for you and your family ! :):):)

Sonya Badgley said...

Miss Sandy, Thank you for you beautiful, yummy pics! And also for the tutorials of your ornaments. I can't wait to try them! I am making birthday brownies tomorrow. I will put baby Jesus in the center of it and we will all sing Happy Birthday to HIM!:0) Just to make sure that we are all reminded of why WE celebrate CHRISTmas:^) (My kids like brownies better than they do cake) I don't think Jesus would mind do you? Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed coming year. Sonya

Barbara H. said...

Hope you and you family have a wonderful Christmas, Sandy!

Becky K. said...

Miss Sandy,
I do hope you had a wonderful Christmas Eve. Enjoy your Christmas Day...everything looks so delightful! Wish you could see the packages my 18 year old wrapped for his Grandmothers. They have DUCT Tape on them. Truly. He even made a duct tape bow.

Well, all I can say is that he did it himself and that it reflects his

Merry Christmas!

Tammy Real-McKeighan said...

Wow. You're a really talented person.
It's nice to see other Christian bloggers. Thank you for sharing your faith!
I'm Tammy Real-McKeighan. I'm the news editor at the Fremont Tribune (NE) newspaper. I'm a Christian.
I write a faith-based column called Spiritual Spinach for our paper's Faith page.
I've recently self-published a book called "Real Spiritual Spinach - Faith for the Journey."
I know it's shameless self-promotion, but I'm trying to get the word out. Please check out my Web site at and new blog at
I hope you visit my Web site and blog!
Happy New Year!

Tammy M.

Anonymous said...

Since I love Christmas so, I was looking at this and enjoyed it so much...especially the looks EXACTLY like the pan my late Mom used to make...thank you for posting brought back sweet memories of another time.
God bless,
BB from Ga.

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