First Things First

Made from corn husks 

Happy Monday to you all. I hope you're all well. 

I know a few of you have been a bit under the weather and pray you will be feeling better soon. 

Today I reluctantly took down Thanksgiving - 
I still have beautiful red and orange leaves on my trees. Just seems like Thanksgiving and Autumn get rushed and are squeezed between two other events; Halloween and Christmas. 

My husband brought in his Hanukkah stuff along with the Nativities. The first night of Hanukkah is Thursday. Throughout the years I have enjoyed this holiday with my husband and like-minded friends. I now make some very tasty latkes that everyone enjoys. I have some fond memories of Margie and me, at the stove - she has her skillet of oil and I have mine and we both are standing there flipping latkes. The aroma of those potato delights is in the air, as you walk up to our house. 

Let us not forget...

He placed all the various nativities on the bookshelf to display. He really enjoys his part in the "decking the halls". There was a time when I was a total control freak -  I was a stickler about certain things that had to go in certain places...After a couple of years of marriage I let go - and it's been great. I don't have to do it all and I have found contentment in that. 

Tomorrow I guess I will start with more Christmas decorating. When packing up the Fall stuff, I did put aside some items to go to donation. Time to let some things be enjoyed by others. Plus the last couple of years, I hadn't even put these pieces out anymore. They weren't anything special - some crafts I had made that I had grown tired of. 

Where will we put the tree? 

I'm not looking forward to putting up the tree this year - because of that huge recliner chair that was given to us, earlier in the year. If I had thought about it earlier, I would have bought a skinny tree or done a couple of small ones instead of one big one. I could always give this tree to my son.   I was too laid back and didn't get it together to do that. So this might be our last year, having a big tree. I think this is the main reason I have put off the whole ordeal. 

When you think of it, it's really fruitless to get my panties a bunch over such trivial matters as a tree, the recliner, and decorating. Every year I try not to get sucked into the frenzy that Christmas has become. I do pretty well because I still remember the stress in my young days, saying yes to everything and rushing through what is sacred and special and quite monumental - The birth of the Savior of the World.  

This year I am done with my shopping. That has relieved me of unnecessary pressure. The only thing left to do is plan what we will be having for our Christmas dinner - and buy accordingly - and due to three of them working in the medical field, all will be working so we'll have our family gathering on Dec 23. 

Yesterday we attended a Christmas concert at the college. It was very enjoyable.  It's been years since I have gone to a symphony concert - I went to 2 concerts at the San Francisco Symphony in the 1970s with my work friends. It's so expensive now, so taking in the local college concerts is a real treat and it's affordable. I always enjoy watching the conductor. 

That's it for me on this Fall day - It was a mild day close to 69 with sunshine. It does get nippy at night. 

Take care - and if you're feeling under the weather, drink fluids and get some rest. 



  1. Your corn husk nativity reminded me of making a corn husk doll in my girl scout days.
    When I was growing up we had a Jewish family down the street that had kids I played with. That was my first real knowledge of Judaism with the different holidays and traditions of Christianity. I was invited to spend an evening with them once during Hanukkah.
    Going to local concerts and programs can be just a fun as the more professional venues. I know I enjoyed going to our local Rivercats baseball games just as much at going all the way to the Bay area to see the A's or Giant's play.

  2. I agree that Thanksgiving gets kind of lost. I'm not a Halloween fan so I just skip that and decorate for Fall. :)
    I love your corn husk nativity!
    I've never had a latke. They sound yummy!

  3. I like your combination of house decorations

  4. I love latke's but rarely have them. One of my best friends growing up was Jewish and I use to eat them at her house! Love your nativity! I always rething putting up my big tree but then when I do I'm glad I did!

  5. That nativity is so beautiful. The Hanukkah set up is also very nice. We put the tree up today but I'm not ready to decorate it yet. I'm struggling with Christmas this year but I don't know why.

  6. Beautiful Nativity. Feels like Christmas around here, it's snowing! :)
    We have a small tree and I have many ornaments. I let Liz and David go through them and they took a bunch of them for their tree.

  7. Gorgeous menorah. I love the way the two of you combine the holidays.

    God bless.

  8. Yes Jesus is the reason for Christmas. Love your cornhusk nativity. Janice

  9. sorry I missed this post-I enjoyed it and can relate -my husband is Jewish so over the years I have learned to make those dishes he likes the most for the season. I enjoyed this post