If we were having coffee, I would welcome you and offer you some “Christmas coffee” then, as we settled in and got comfortable, I would tell you why we call it Christmas coffee. You see, many years ago, when my kids were growing up, I was the den leader for my son’s Cub Scout den. I had been doing it for three years when I finally got a reliable mom to be a co-leader. It was 1990 and I had the 18 Cub Scouts on alternate Tuesdays and then 22 Girl Scouts on the other Tuesday. I also had a newborn at home. So I sure needed that help. So we came up with ideas for Christmas activities that we could count toward a patch and use as gifts for the parents. One of my favorite stores had closed a few months before and I had bought lots of stuff to put away for crafting. In that load of stuff were thirty-six plastic apothecary jars. I had paid about twenty-five cents each. I then went to Smart & Final (kind of like a Costco on a smaller scale and no membership fee) and bought lots of coffee and cinnamon. My co-leader and I mixed up the coffee with lots of cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg. Then the boys filled the apothecary jars with the coffee, sealed them, tied a ribbon on them and they had red and green paint markers with which they could decorate the jars. Voila! Christmas coffee! So now my family always calls it Christmas coffee!
I would also tell you that Anderson talked me into putting up the little fake tree…it’s four feet tall, white, with lights. He picked it out at Big Lots about three years ago. He really likes it more than big trees and he gets to decorate the whole thing. So we have a tree and my lighted Santa face in the window, lots of paper snowflakes in another window, and a lot of bells! It helps to get and stay in the Christmas spirit. I’ve also been playing Christmas songs and watching some of my favorite Christmas movies. The Christmas Story is on right now.
I think it was last Saturday that I said I wasn’t going on anymore trips for awhile. Well, early tomorrow I leave for Seattle! I will only be there until Tuesday morning so it’s a quick trip to see my son and daughter-in-law before Christmas. I missed seeing them at Thanksgiving so I’m going up for a couple of days. I’ve got all the gifts to wrap and some things for the baby…who won’t arrive until mid May but I’m taking some things now. Wish me luck! It will be raining the whole way up and back down!
What have you been up to? Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? Gifts all settled? I think I finally finished my shopping. Have you watched any Christmas movies? Which is your favorite?
I think I’m calling it short. I have a cup of coffee getting cold and I haven’t touched it yet. And I have to unpack my car from the last trip before I can pack it for tomorrow! Hopefully I can do that between rain showers! No garage and my daughter’s boyfriend’s car is in my covered parking spot (since a year ago July…it was supposed to be there for two weeks!) so any in and out of the car and I get rain soaked!
Tell me about you! I’ll read as I sip my coffee.
For those who visit only on coffee share days, I wish you a wonderful Christmas with family and friends! Come back next Saturday for my first coffee share post of my sixties decade!
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