Saturday, December 26, 2020

Christmas 2020

 And so that was Christmas ... 2020!

A Christmas to remember in so many ways:

*on-line church services
*zoom and facetime gatherings
*on-line shopping
*non-traditional Christmas day menu
*Covid restrictions and lock-downs
*totally relaxed schedule (no parties or concerts to attend)
*last Christmas at the farm
*outdoor and porch gatherings
*a lovely snow fall on Christmas day
*hearts prepared for the reason for the season

A week before Christmas,
we enjoyed a bonfire gathering around the firepit
complete with hot chili, hot chocolate, mulled cider, and all the trimmings.
It was cold and dreary but so wonderful to see our Siblings/In-laws face to face,
mostly social distanced of course!
Thank you everyone for coming and for bringing all the yummies!

Hot Chocolate "Bar" ready to take outside

Pictures for our church's Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Youtube:

This was a good thing since we never seem to take any pictures of ourselves.
The on-line service was wonderful and brought tears as we viewed the sweet candle-lit faces
of our church family.
We miss them all so much!

Mom's Hoosier Cabinet in it's traditional Christmas Eve decor:

So happy this piece will stay here with the farm. I think Mom would love it being passed down to the next generation!

Final touches to the "new" mailbox sign.
The smell of paint and stain,
bringing back many memories of finishing up projects before Christmas in years gone by.
During my "Noah's Ark Studio" days the kitchen table was filled with such things!

Christmas Day 2020

Christmas day came and we are ever so thankful that our wee family was able to come,
since we are all in the same bubble!

They're here!!!

It was a lovely day, fresh white snow, excited children,
good food and fellowship.
Blessed beyond ... and thankful!

Pickle hunters,
High and Low!

Final Advent candle lit.
I didn't have the proper candle colours 
this year but just used what I had.

Christ is born!

Boxing Day Text Message Pictures ... Love them so much!
First Day of our Province's 28 Day lock down - eek.

Be blessed my dear readers ...

Till next time ... here's to a healthy and happy New Year.


  1. It may have been different this year...but Christmas looked lovely at your place! Beautiful memories of your last Christmas in the farmhouse. All the best over the next 28 days!

  2. Somehow it's comforting to know we're all going through similar expreriences. I just love that photo of your little family through the French door. It's beautiful! So good to have your family close. Yikes, about the lock down.

  3. I'm running late but am happy to come to your post during a little quiet time before the noise surrounding dinner happens. What a fun "cold" gathering outside. It's good to make the most of it. Love seeing your family coming to the door. I read something from Spurgeon that said the "Jesus is on His way, too, and it will be wonderful to greet him! We've never done the hidden pickle tradition. You are the 2nd person to reference the pickle this year. Sounds fun. Love that old piece that gets to stay at the farm. Blessings in the New Year!


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