Friday, December 20, 2019

December Means Christmas!

Happy Friday!  Friday Faves Fives time.  And it's almost Christmas!

1.  A hike in the Santa Monica Mountains.  According to The Professor's app, we walked 3.32 miles and almost none of it was level. It was a good workout with beautiful scenery.

2.  Christmas letter is written and printed.  We are ALMOST finished folding, stuffing, licking, and stamping.  And it's not even Christmas Eve yet.

3.  Another Christmas concert.  Two friends performed in the concert Sunday evening at their church in Thousand Oaks.  The program was Christmas music through history.  Sussex Carol, J.S. Bach, Charles Wesley, G.F. Handel, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Matt Redman.  It was wonderful!

4.  Christmas music playing at home and in the car.  What's your favorite carol?  (I don't think I could choose although Mary, Did You Know? is high on my list along with O Holy Night and Silent Night.)

5.  Bluegrass Christmas Campfire.  A young mom in our church (and I'm her mentor mom) sings in a Bluegrass band.  She invited us over for an evening of music around the campfire last night.  We bundled up, grabbed World's Best Neighbor and headed over to listen.  Lots of little kids running around.  Mugs of hot chocolate and spiced cider.  Christmas songs played on banjos, bass, guitars and harmonicas.  It was heavenly, under the stars and around the fire.  And my jacket smells like wood smoke this morning.

I am so blessed and thankful for this wonderful Christmas season!


Wendy said...

The Christmas Campfire sounds wonderful. Have a great Christmas!

Faith said...

Oh how fun !!! A Christmas campfire. Something we def don't do heremin NY where last night was only 5 degrees!!

It's hard to choose just one Cmas carol. One of my many faves is Angels we have heard on High, another is Hark the Heralds Angels Sing, another is Do you Hear what i hear? So many good ones.

How great to get in a hike!! I'm jealous!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

Deb J. in Utah said...

I love that hike you went on! We also have great memories of winter hikes and other winter fun outdoors when we lived in So. Cal and AZ. Two of my all time favorite Christmas songs are O Holy NIght and Mary did You Know? Those two songs just stir my soul and often bring tears to my eyes. So glad you had a great week. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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ellen b. said...

Nothing like the smell of wood smoke on your clothes. You have taken in a lot of good events this Christmas season. Noel and Adore are some of my newest favorites in the world of Christmas.

Barbara Harper said...

What beautiful scenery to hike in! I got our Christmas letters/cards out a few days ago--felt good to get that done. My favorite Christmas carol is Infant Holy, Infant Lowly. I love to have Christmas music playing, too.

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a spirit of simplicity said...

Wow! Those mountains look absolutely beautiful. I love bluegrass music. Merry Christmas.

Gattina said...

What a beautiful landscape ! We have Christmas Eve behind us and today (Christmas Eve) we just stay alone the two of us and rest !