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Christmas is in the air….

Always the helper. :)
Always the helper. πŸ™‚

….and I think I can smell Christmas dinner roasting in the oven and the beautiful scent of the real pine Christmas trees my dad used to chop down every year in the bush, haul up onto the roof of the car and bring home for mum and I to decorate in the lounge room.

My imagination is working overtime, as is my body, seated mostly now in front of my sewing machine, as I spend my days madly sewing away at the last few orders that I must deliver this week.

I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year. The house is decorated, most of my shopping is done and my daughter and I have planned our Christmas cooking days for early next week. This is what Christmas is all about, isn’t it, the get-together with loved ones, the food, the gladness, listening to Christmas carols, relaxing. In Australia, it also mostly includes a swim in the pool after a huge Christmas dinner has been devoured, or falling asleep on the coolest available couch we can find around the house, preferably in front of an open window with a cool breeze blowing through.

For now though, for me, it’s back to work. So much to do, so little time! Yet I’m happy and organised and filled with anticipation.

Has anyone considered what their “word” for 2014 will be yet? Most years I struggle for ideas, this year though I already know what mine will be. But more about that later; the rest of 2013 is still here and to be enjoyed. Β πŸ™‚

My other daughter (not the afore mentioned who loves to cook), knowing how much I love the Christmas carol “The Little Drummer Boy”, sent me a link to the song which I’d like to share with you all. It gives me goosebumps to hear this song, no matter what version it is I’m listening to. That little boy sure had amazing insight over two-thousand years ago, knowing the birth of this baby to be something special, and here we are, still celebrating his birth so many years later. And what better gift for the drummer boy to give the baby than that of his music. Priceless.

“When someone shares their favourite songs with you, embrace them, because they’re giving you a small glimpse into their soul.”

Here I give you a small glimpse into my soul ~

11 thoughts on “Christmas is in the air….

    1. Aren’t they great Carol? I’m often amazed by the different types of music that younger people come up with, they are so creative and filled to the brim with new ideas!


  1. Merry Christmas Joanne. Wishing you and your family a lovely holiday season! We are just recently back from visiting family and enjoying your Austratian summer and sun. Both of us would consider living in your wonderful country if it weren’t for the fact the the other half of our family, which includes our grandkids, live in Canada.

    And thank you for sharing your favorite song. It’s always been one of mine too πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you so much Colleen, and a very merry Christmas to you and yours also. πŸ™‚

      That’s the thing about family, isn’t it, you never want to be too far away from them. I’m so happy to hear how much you love Australia! And that you also share my love for the Little Drummer Boy. πŸ™‚


  2. To take a swim on Christmas morning! What a wonderful sounding tradition. Sounds like you have everything in place for an enjoyable relaxing Christmas. I will be ready very soon too. My older daughter comes home from college this Wednesday – that’s one big piece of my Christmas joy!


    1. Oh yes, the joy is not so much in the gifts under the tree but the gifts of our family! The pool is all clean and ready to use, the food has been bought and the house is decorated. Yes, we are all prepared. It sounds like you are too, now your daughter is home. πŸ™‚


  3. I’m looking forward to Christmas, too, Joanne – my very favorite time of the year for the reasons you mentioned. My favorite Christmas carol is “Snowfall.” I only recently heard it for the first time and fell in love with it because it sounds the way I imagine snow to sound if it had a voice. ❀


    1. I will have to see if I can find “Snowfall” on YouTube, Stacy. It’s a Christmas carol that I haven’t discovered yet. The old traditional carols are lovely, but I do enjoy finding a new one every now and then, to throw into the mix. πŸ™‚


  4. Oh Joanne–Merry Almost Christmas! I can almost smell the smells of the holidays, too. We’re headed for Georgia this year to visit Barry’s parents and I’m counting the days. Hope you have a wonderful celebration…


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