Christmas Revisited:

Retro red Christmas stockings, my dad’s, my sister’s and mine. That’s a Santa puppet hand sewn by my mother!

This year, the living room at my mom’s house is barren of Christmas decorations. 😦

On a positive note, Today, I brought over to the Sacred Heart cemetary a Grave Blanket of evergreens and a Bid red festive Bow , for my father’s grave. There was still fall leaves in among the Vinca vines that are still alive from earlier in the year.

The American flag is missing from my Father’s War Marker.  I noted that other graves including my Grandfather’s ( for Uncle Ronnie had American flag at my grandparents grave marker.  My grandfather did not fight in any war, said my mother today!

She doesn’t have any family to help her except me.

I finally got my Christmas tree decorateddyesterday.

This is a glimpse of what is still downstairs in the basement.

Do you have your first Christmas stocking?  Do you collect Christmas stockings?Happy Ruby Tuesday everyone!

Christmas Eve

My husband and I went to Christmas Eve Mass last evening.   During the priest’s Homily, I jotted down some of his words.
The priest began speaking about Joseph and compared him to our lives.
“We have our expectations, but life does not cooperate.” ” Perhaps we had a vision for Christmas, but it’s not turning out how we planned. Think of Joseph! He responded with Compassion toward Mary; Through the angel, he listened and trusted in God. When we have problems, whether work, school, or elsewhere, we trust in God. Use this as an example, put trust in God, for our lives. In tonight”s Gospel story, we heard of the Salvation history. God works through history; God is woven into the fabric of our lives.
This Evening, A New Day has dawned! A New Day Dawns for us when we recognize it. Tonight, We celebrate that “God has loved Us” through Creation. He taught us “How to Love each other and Love God among all things. Tonight marks the Anniversary, We are to realize, he is always with us , Everyday, not just this day, and everyday.

At Augustine of Canterbury church, 010309

St. Augustine of Canterbury church's alter during the Christmas season.

Christ's image is painted on the ceiling at the front of the church.

The Angel!


St. Augustine church- the beautiful view from the back of the church , the entrance.

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday 

Retro red Christmas stockings, my dad's, my sister's and mine. That's a Santa puppet hand sewn by my mother!

Do you have your first Christmas stocking?  Do you collect Christmas stockings?Happy Ruby Tuesday everyone!

"Let's do lunch?"

Let’s do  lunch?

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”

In the second photo, I was taking a pic of my frozen yogurt at a shop in nearby Princeton, N.J. it was starting to melt, he he, and then I noticed in my photo  the modern style  chair. Reminds me a little of a Parcheesi game piece.

We love to walk along Nassau Street and browse the shops, visit the Princeton Art museum  on campus and the best part,  stop for a snack!!!! Sometimes, it is the Bent Spoon on Palmer Square or that, Cow ice cream place , both a short walk from  each other.


Please join me in sharing your photos and images with the color red, a little red or a lot of red, It is all up to you!

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Comments are WELCOMED.  Tell me what you think.!! Do you have your first Christmas stocking?  Do you collect Christmas stockings?

Joy to the World-Skywatch Friday

Joy to the World, birds in flight.

Joy to the World Lyrics

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Joy to the World Lyrics
Christmas Carol Lyrics

♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We Wish You a Merry ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Christmas ♥ ♥ ♥We Wish You A Merry ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Christmas ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪…And A Happy New Year!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪… “”Copy and paste .

Bridgeton,New Jersey hosts Holiday House Tour on December 5, 2009

home on W. Commerce Street

Historic Bridgeton, New Jersey is hosting a Holiday house tour on Saturday, December 5, 2009, and I’m excited because I’ve got the weekend off.
There also will be a Festival of Lights at Sunset Lake both on Friday, December 4,2009 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday December 5th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We visited this quaint city earlier this year in the spring and I was delighted to photograph such beautifully preserved homes.

One resident even invited us into his home when he saw us taking photos of his home. A musician for many years, he played a song for us on his grand piano. The CD he recorded is also in a photo. This was the first time we learned of the Christmas House tour in December, his home being amongst the homes on tour.
I said, it would depend on the weather as many a time in December there has been snowstorms.

Franklin Street, Bridgeton

Franklin Street, Bridgeton

a view down W. Commerce Street.
a view down W. Commerce Street.
W. Commerce Street

W. Commerce Street

W. Commerce Street
W. Commerce Street137 W. Commerce Street

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Bridgeton historically has the oldest business district in the state of New Jersey. There’s a free zoo, and in a nearby town is Wheaton Village- Glass works, with a studio for apprenticeships, shops and museum includes the world’s largest glass bottle in the Guinness book of records.

Holiday Show and Share

Still a beautiful design!

Still a beautiful design!

Child-hood ornament amidst antique christmas houses
Child-hood ornament amidst antique christmas houses

In the Blog, “The American Homemaker”, there will be a “Holiday Show and Share each Tuesday from November 4 – December 23rd. 

It can be a holiday decoration, a favorite holiday tradition ,a  holiday picture of your family, a favorite holiday recipe or a great party idea.
The above photo is my entry for this week, a favorite holiday decoration.
I love the velvet ribbon hanger, the sapphire blue color of the beads and gold sequins and the finishing touch, the white pearl at the bottom of the ornament.  This ornament came from a kit, sold at Rickel’s home improvement store a long time ago. My family made several of these as gifts for Christmas one year.