This year David and I are going simple for Christmas dinner with salmon, rice and black-eyed peas (Hoppin’ John–a Southern good luck food), and a few other yummies. It’s been a quiet, snowy day at the Jacksons and before we hit the DEEP FREEZE later tonight (that is forecasted to last upwards to a week or more), we spread the small manure pile we accumulated, got the boiler fired up to max, and then just hung out in the warmth of the house.
We haven’t exchanged gifts for some time as the “house project” has been the gift for every holiday pretty much since we moved here. I don’t mind because it keeps things simpler, but I received an e-mail from my dear friend Lori that a project I had given her nearly two years before was ready, so I gave that to David for a nice surprise Christmas present. As you can see from the photo, Lori is the most amazingly gifted artist, and she painted a scene of David plowing with our draft horses Dallas, Jay, and Patty. The chest is solid cedar (built by one of David’s buddies) from a downed tree on his grandparents’ farm close to forty years ago. Needless to say, it is very special and has a lot of personal meaning to us both (our beloved and still much missed dog Becket is pictured on one end as well).
I hope that y’all are having a very Happy and blessed Christmas with family and friends. And remember it’s really not about the stuff, it’s about God coming to Earth, born as the infant Jesus Christ who lived amongst His creation and then died for all our sins. David and I believe that, and we celebrate Jesus’ birthday today, and look forward to the time when we will be able to dwell with Him in Heaven.
Blessings to you all from our house to yours!