Disregarded Gifts

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Here we are right on the threshold of yet another Christmas holiday. That is the holiday my family celebrates. I am not nor ever have been ashamed to declare “Merry Christmas” to friends and strangers alike. I cringe when I see the “Christ” part of the word replaced by “X”. That is offensive to me to be honest. And yes, I have read and heard many of the arguments pro and con concerning the use of “X” and pine trees and decorations….and all the other many “pagan” things that have come together to make up our holiday as we know it today in the year 2015.

Also with the holidays comes the influx of charities and usually the “spirit of giving” to go along with that theme. Unless of course your name happens to be Ebeneezer Scrooge. I know a lot of people with his “spirit”. They have a total disregard for anything charitable. I pity those folks really. They don’t know the reality of joy that comes with giving.

For nearly as long as I can remember I have handmade nearly all gifts I’ve given to friends and family for Christmas. Each gift is lovingly thought out and planned for the specific recipient. I receive great joy when those gifts are cherished. Perhaps you have seen on social media the petition to buy local, buy handmade, that handmade isn’t cheap. I support all that as I have an Etsy shop that doesn’t have much traffic. I tend to gift more than I sell. You can find my shop here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/peabuttonsmom

But what about the gifts that we purchase and gift to others? Are we simply giving a gift of disregard? Are those gifts lovingly thought out and pursued? Did we fight with somebody on Black Friday to save a buck just to give that kind of gift? One that will ultimately be “disregarded”?

Today I rather had a heart break concerning a lesser gift. Given a couple or so years ago. Gifted with love to a family member.  I did not fight for this gift or necessarily save money on this gift. But today there it was, in all its glory, laying in their trash can. I simply was throwing away an orange rind and there the gift was, partially hidden, but still crying out from the recesses of despair. Being the dumpster diver that I am of course I fished it out of their trash. My heart was broken. It sank. I realized that that particular gift was disregarded as trash. Not as the collectible which is what I had bought. Not being regifted nor even being recycled. Trashed. Oh the horror!

Now I would like to interject here that I also had another family member years ago who was notorious for ridding herself of last years gifts. Gifts we gave her often showed up in the yard sale next spring. We finally just started gifting her with gift cards. What else could we do? She made it evident that she would rather have the money.

But how does one deal with the gift that lands in the trash?? Honestly, I do not know yet. I am not finishing the handmade gifts I had previously been fussing over for this person. I just don’t feel like it is necessary any more.  It is necessary that I pray harder about this and forgive this person in my own heart. They obviously don’t see any wrong committed here.

This holiday season I would like to encourage all who read this post to re-evaluate your reason for giving the gift, as well as the gifts you receive. Some of us have spent precious time and expenses choosing those gifts just for you. Or making them. Or even having them specially made.

It makes me wonder how Santa can keep on giving and gifting when he knows he’s only giving gifts of disregard.

There is a sermon in here somewhere.

Bah. Humbug.

 

 

Easter’s on It’s Way!!

I love how easy these "Tea Cakes" are to put together.  And they look so fancy - you'd never guess what they're made from!

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Howdy Ya’ll!

I’ve been busy filling orders and visiting doctors. I’ve also been taking lots of pix to be shared in the near future! I promise I will get caught up right soon.

Today I wanted to share with ya’ll the inspiration I ran across via my email following. I love Angel at Fleece Fun.com! She focuses usually on making all kinds of fleecy fun wearables, toys, you name it! Today, however, she was sharing her take on some Rice Krispie Treats! These are always a big hit with my family. Indeed my son in law would take an entire pan of RKTreats just for himself!

Aren’t these petit fours just darling? I know I heard my belly growl When I first saw them. I got so excited! I have been thinking to make up Krispie Treats to take for my family’s Easter gathering come Sunday. I wasn’t asked to bring anything but hey, it’s Easter and I still love my kids, their hubbies, and my beautiful grand daughter. Aren’t Nana’s supposed to treat their children well? MY Gramma was always trying to fatten us up when I was little. I loved that about her.

I read through Angel’s post and see where she used store bought Krispie Treats to save on time. That’s a good idea. I will probably make my own and throw another twist to the mix. I like making them with a mix of Rice Krispies and Fruity Pebbles! That makes them colorfully fruity. I am also thinking to perhaps make some with Kix or with the new Reece’s Pieces cereal. What kind of cereal would you use for variety?

Another thing I discovered when reading through Angel’s bog is how EASY it can be to make simple fondant! I honestly never knew it could be so easy! Using the microwave is a bonus for me since I seldom ever actually use my stove.

Many times in the past when I stuffed plastic eggs and filled baskets I would still have candies left over. Great reason to use some of them for decorating these! I can also see making these around Halloween and using little pumpkin candies to decorate them. Wouldn’t that be cute? Or how about with edible flowers for Mother’s Day? Be sure to look up what kinds are edible! Don’t just start throwing flowers on just because they are pretty! Good Heavens I would be heartsick if I ever heard somebody took my idea and ended up horribly sick! Do your research first! Especially if you decide to make these for a fancy occasion like a wedding! And oh the ideas for making these come Christmas time! Or fill a Valentine’s Box? The ideas just keep on coming!

Can you tell how truly inspired I am with her blog post this round? I love tea parties and seldom ever get to enjoy any. Looking forward to when my granddaughter is a bit older than her terrible two’s. She’s just about there now. We are going to have some epic tea parties! Complete with Nana’s Rice Krispie Treat tea cakes!

Go check out Angel’s blog post here:

http://www.fleecefunm/1/post/2015/03/kelloggs-rice-krispies-treats-afternoon-tea-cakes.html#coent-181790mm

Timeless Encouragement

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Here we are between holidays and I am finding myself cleaning out my emails. Sadly there are a great many pages of unread emails from two years ago! One such email I want to share with you. I find the words of this blogger to be as fresh for me as if she had written them yesterday. There can always be a renewal, a regeneration, if you will, of reading words with a fresh approach. Much like re-reading a well loved book. You always enjoy it and every time you turn a page you find a renewing of the words.

The words of this blogger left me with a realization for my life. I feel so much of the time that I have so very little to share. But when I share with others then we are both enriched and have more than when we started. In compliance with the words of that email I do believe my word for this new year to come is “SHARE”. I must do more sharing in 2015. Much more sharing than I ever have. And that sharing begins here.

Enjoy…..

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Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas to all who come across my little blog and blessings abundant I pray for you!

10 ft tree in a 12 ft ceiling

10 ft tree in a 12 ft ceiling

I was lamenting earlier this evening, the eve of the Eve, about the fact that to many I am just an old lady. Lamenting because I have been feeling the loneliness of the elderly. Thus far this year I have not been to a single party. I have not yet tasted any of the Seasonal foods and sweets except for a small bit of store bought fruitcake. Yeah, I’m one of those odd people that LIKES fruitcake. I haven’t had occasion to dress in festive clothing. I could dress up here at home but my dog really doesn’t care and I really don’t want to clean the dog hair off the good stuff. I’ve wrapped a handful of gifts and bagged the rest. Made loads of items that I just didn’t have the energy or desire to wrap. Haven’t decorated. All the bagged gifts are hanging out of my bedroom closet. And to top everything off I’ve been under the weather. >sigh<

In my melancholy I’ve had much opportunity to watch the world hustle and bustle along, all in a frenzy, over-spending and over-eating and some even over-drinking. I watch at how the “Christmas” shows on TV are now considered “holiday” and how so many of them don’t point to the real cause of Christmas. Save Charlie Brown. But he was tucked away on odd nights when most people wouldn’t watch.

I watch. And then I began to marvel. What would the world have done if Jesus had not been born at that time, or even at all for that matter? I wonder what concoction or abhorition would have been devised to occupy people’s minds. Christmas is a HOLY day. It is celebrated world wide, warm and cold weather, regardless of belief.

I shan’t get “preachy”. Don’t you just despise “preachy” people? I will just sit back and watch the world go by. Later in the morning, for it is Christmas day now, I will load up the car with all the bags and gifts and begin my trek about two counties delivering presents to friends and family and to many who can’t get out. I come in my red car. Can’t say I will be wearing a red suit but I will dress up for the occasion. Santa comes in all forms don’t you know.

Do you have an elderly friend or neighbor? Why not consider a brief visit with a plate of cookies or even a plate of your leftovers? (Many times I’ve been THRILLED to get my daughter’s leftovers….).  Share your festive spirit with others and don’t forget to wish them a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!