Christmas Indulgence

ChristmasTeaI have to admit that Christmas is my favorite holiday. I know, I know, it is a really busy time. There are presents to buy (or make) and then they also need to be wrapped. There are cards to write and send. The house needs decorating, the tree needs to be set up and the ornaments hung. Then there are all of the extra activities surrounding the holiday. I have a pre-kindergarten program, a first grade program, a Sunday School program, extra choir rehearsals for church, a ministry dinner  and a company dinner to attend. All of that “busy-ness” can make me lose sight of what the season is all about.

So I need little indulgences to keep me in the Christmas spirit. Nothing keeps me going like the smell of cinnamon in the air, a fire in the fireplace, a cup of Christmas tea and Christmas carols playing. (I like Manheim Steamroller and Roger Whitaker!) If I have my tea and cookies on my Christmas dishes it is even better!

One Christmas tradition my husband and I observe every year is to watch A Christmas Carol sometime early in December. (I think the one with George C. Scott is the best.) It reminds me of the things that are really important at this time of year. There are so many memorable lines in it that stick with me all year long.

“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time… And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

As you hurry through this season, I urge you to take some time to enjoy it. Sit down with your family, sip a cup of Christmas tea and watch your favorite Christmas movie. Then come here and share your favorite  quote with us.

I wish you a wonderful holiday full of joy.  As Tiny Tim said,”God Bless Us, Everyone!”




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5 thoughts on “Christmas Indulgence

  • Alison Charlton

    I felt so Christmassy reading your post Christine – A Very Happy and peaceful Christmas to you and yours!

  • Tatum Clark

    My favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase. I could go on and on with quotes from that movie. They don’t end at Christmas time either, we talk about that movie all year long. We watch this movie a week before Thanksgiving up to Christmas Eve every year. I love it!!

  • Melinda Beltran

    Oh Tatum, the grown up in me is with Christine, but the silly girl in me is with YOU! Oh my, we do the same thing, with little quips and quotes…I think Randy Quaid really is Cousin Eddie!!! TOO FUNNY!

  • Tatum Clark

    Melinda, I love it when Cousin Eddie is walking through Walmart with Clark, and after Clark tells him he wants to help give Eddie’s kids a good Christmas. Eddie gets out the list of what the kids want “in alphabetical order” and then Eddie says, “and Clark, if its not too much to ask, I’d like to get something for you, something “click with the tongue” real nice!” My mom and I say it to each other all the time. It doesn’t matter if it’s a birthday or just any old gift we give. We always quote that movie. Cousin Eddie is my favorite!!! I could go on and on with all the funny stuff he says, and does. If you ever make a trip to Idaho around the holidays, you can watch the older movies with Chris and Christmas Vacation with me! Happy Holidays!!

  • Mary Kerr

    I’m a sucker for all the kid shows and make my poor husband suffer through them ALL! Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, The Year Without a Santa Claus, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, etc.–ALL of them. What can I say? He’s pretty awesome!

    I’m sure he was rolling his eyes though when he saw that there are a bunch of NEW ones this year over and above all the old standbys… 😀 We’ll watch those too!